How to get a Great Photo at the Flatiron Building in NYC

Are you planning on taking photos at the Flatiron Building? Here are a few photo tips to make sure you get a great photo!

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The Flatiron Building is probably one of the most famous buildings in New York City. It’s triangular shape sets it apart from the buildings surrounding it. The Flatiron is one of the best photo spots in New York City and it’s also one of the busiest spots. If you’re looking to take photos at the Flatiron, this blog post is for you.

Here are a few tips to help you get a great photo at the Flatiron Building:

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1. Make sure you shoot in even lighting

If you visit the Flatiron Building during the middle of the day, you might run into uneven lighting. Part of the street may be in sunlight and part of it might be in the shadow. I recommend shooting in even lighting: either shooting in the shadows OR in the sun and not in between.

We ended up capturing some great photos when the clouds blocked the sun. We also captured a few photos in the shade.

2. Crosswalk photos can be difficult  

If you’re trying to capture a crosswalk photo, I would recommend shooting early in the morning to beat the crowds. But at any other time, the Flatiron area is incredibly busy. There’s an incredible amount of people who walk through here every day. There’s also a ton of vehicles passing through the area. If you want to try to capture a crosswalk photo, please be careful!

3. Try shooting from the sitting area

There’s a sitting area closed off from traffic right in front of the Flatiron building. There’s tables and chairs where people can take a sit and relax. You can always find a spot here to shoot!

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4. Shoot from a low angle so you can get the Flatiron in the back

If you’re trying to capture the building in the background and you’re shooting close to the building, I recommend shooting from a low angle. You’ll look taller and you’ll also capture the building in the background.

5. Try shooting on the cement blocks – this is helpful if the crosswalk area is really busy!

If you end up visiting the Flatiron area in the middle of the day, you’ll probably find a ton of people passing through the area. Maddy and I figured out that you could take photos on the cement blocks and not get any crowds in the background!

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6. Look around to see what other people are doing.

The Flat Iron Building is an incredibly popular photo spot. There are people taking photos here all of the time. You’ll find people taking crosswalk photos, sitting photos, and everything in between. Be inspired by the other spaces and perspectives people are finding to shoot the Flatiron!

Personally, I saw people taking photos on the cement blocks. I originally didn’t think about shooting at the cement blocks but after seeing photos on the cement blocks, I thought we’d at least give it a shot.  These photos on the cement block ended up being my favorite photos at the Flatiron Building!

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What other tips do you have to get a great photo at the Flatiron Building?

For more New York photo tips and guides, you can check out:

How to get a Great Photo at the Top of the Rock

10 Best Photo Spots in New York City

Thank you for reading!

Love,

Emma

Photos: Madcrayy

2 Comments

  1. September 30, 2019 / 12:18 pm

    First of all, you make me want to go to NYC and secondly, I think you should start doing classes for shoots and poses! You have a knack for taking amazing photos and you make it look fun not to mention super easy!

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