The Travel Photography Guide to Edinburgh in Winter
The Travel Photography Guide to Edinburgh in Winter

Today I am sharing some travel photography tips on how to shoot in winter, in details, it’s the Travel Photography Guide to Edinburgh in winter.

Have you ever visited Edinburgh? Or do you wish to visit this Medieval city in Scotland? Well, know that one of the best seasons for a trip up north is in winter. Oh yes! Xmas market, old town and the Gothic architecture are waiting to be visited and photographed.

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Last year, at the beginning of December I travelled to Edinburgh for the weekend and I was excited by everything I saw. By being a photographer and a history lover, Edinburgh got me amazed and I wrote a blog post dedicated to the most Instagrammable spots of Edinburgh.

Now, I want to give some advice and talk to you about what is best to capture in the Scottish capital.

The Travel Photography Guide to Edinburgh in Winter
The Natural and History Museum
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Some Cactus inside UO

The Travel Photography Guide to Edinburgh in Winter

Travel photography is a thing and if you think about it whenever you travel, you have the desire to take home with you some memories: photographs.
I am the girl who travels with 3 cameras on her backpack but first of all, they are heavy, second of all, it is not worth it. Especially with film cameras that hate the cold.

Also, most of the images here have been taken with my iPhone SE and then edited with Lightroom, so everything is possible.

The Travel Photography Guide to Edinburgh in Winter

The Travel Photography Tips for Winter Adventures

Travel Lightly with your Photography Gear

When you travel to a country in winter and it is cold and easily rainy, pack only one camera. Better if it is digital and pay attention to batteries and charges.

Set a higher ISO

It is very likely to have cloudy days plus in winter in Edinburgh dark comes really early, around 4 PM so my suggestion is to higher up your ISO value. Get to 400 iso and more in order then to balance aperture and shutter speed.

ISO: 400-800 if cloudy – +800 when dark

The Travel Photography Guide to Edinburgh in Winter
The Travel Photography Guide to Edinburgh in Winter
The Travel Photography Guide to Edinburgh in Winter

Buy a Disposable Camera

if you – like me – need to have a film roll in our hands, buy a disposable camera. It has an integrated flash plus there is no way to break or ruin the mechanics as I did last year with my Pentax ME. The film roll was so shaky plus I wasn’t always able to shoot because of the cold, you can see the images developed here: Edinburgh in 35mm.

Airplane Photos Mode On

Whether you travel by plane or not, the photograph of the journey itself, especially with snow, is a mandatory picture to have.

The Travel Photography Guide to Edinburgh in Winte
The Travel Photography Guide to Edinburgh in Winter

I have already written about the most Instagrammable spots ever in Edinburgh. Some are so beautiful I could not insert them twice. But let start immediately with the best reason to come to Edinburgh in winter.

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The Travel Photography Guide to Edinburgh in Winter

The Photography Guide to Edinburgh in Winter: what you can’t miss

  1. Edinburgh Christmas Market

Nothing to say. This is one of the most beautiful Christmas Market I have ever seen. Plus it’s huge! The Market itself is located in a park on different floors. It has games, a maze made of winter trees and all those lights. Also, in every different corner of the town, there is something like the Ice Skate ring in the picture.

The Travel Photography Guide to Edinburgh in Winter
The Travel Photography Guide to Edinburgh in Winter
The Travel Photography Guide to Edinburgh in Winter
The Travel Photography Guide to Edinburgh in Winter
The Travel Photography Guide to Edinburgh in Winter
The Travel Photography Guide to Edinburgh in Winter
  1. The view from Calton Hill

First of all, it is super reachable on foot. Then the view at 360° is amazing! You can see Arthur’s Seat, the harbour and the Old Town. Plus there are some Neoclassical buildings. You can’t miss to photograph this location or to photograph from this hill.

The Travel Photography Guide to Edinburgh in Winter
  1. The Harry Potter Atmosphere

In the old town, everything is so Harry Potter themed. No matter what. Like Fred&George’s shops!

JK Rowling wrote the books taking inspiration from this city, so the city itself now exhales magic. If you are a fan like me you would adore this town.

The Travel Photography Guide to Edinburgh in Winter
The Travel Photography Guide to Edinburgh in Winter
The Travel Photography Guide to Edinburgh in Winter
  1. The Grassmarket

Apart from Mary’s Milk Bar, there are so many photogenic restaurants, hotel, pubs and vintage shops. My weakness is the neon signs, I can’t help it. Do you remember the ones I photographed in the Candy store in Bruges?

The Travel Photography Guide to Edinburgh in Winter
The Travel Photography Guide to Edinburgh in Winter
The Travel Photography Guide to Edinburgh in Winter
  1. Extra Location is Eat at Mums

Mums Comfort Food restaurant is the best thing ever. We ate the typical Scottish Haggis and a Shepherds Pie but I was so tempted to get Mac and Cheese. Also, the interiors and the design is so 50s mixed with a Scottish touch that makes it irresistible not to photograph.

The Travel Photography Guide to Edinburgh in Winter
The Travel Photography Guide to Edinburgh in Winter
The Travel Photography Guide to Edinburgh in Winter
The Travel Photography Guide to Edinburgh in Winter
  1. Circus Lane

This narrow street is the most Instagrammable one but it’s beyond being cute, everything is so adorable. There is a church, nice corners, flowers, ivy and weed running wild across the walls, plus the cobblestone road itself.

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I have listed some of the most beautiful spots to visit and then photograph in winter in the Scottish town of Edinburgh. My love for the UK is huge and after having visited Edinburgh has only grown. The town centre is super small but the architecture, the accent, the greenery, everything really makes you feel welcome.

Definitely add this town to your travel list – or have you already visited?

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The Travel Photography Guide to Edinburgh in Winter
The Travel Photography Guide to Edinburgh in Winter
The Travel Photography Guide to Edinburgh in Winter

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