Posted on 9/7/2018

Discover Some of the Best Photography Shots in North Lake Tahoe

Find the unforgettable view

With lakefront views, mountain vistas, and scenic waterfall hikes, it's no wonder why North Lake Tahoe is one of the most photogenic vacation destinations in the United States! If you're hoping to capture some of the beautiful surroundings during your stay, we can help. Discover some of our favorite places for photography shots in North Lake Tahoe, as well as some general tips to help you take better photos.

How To Take A Great Photo

Whether you're taking a photo from a cell phone or a DSLR camera, here are some easy things to keep in mind while photographing around Lake Tahoe:

  • Take Your Time: One of the biggest mistakes someone can make when taking a photo is rushing it. When capturing a landscape or a beautiful sunset, be sure to take a second to make sure you're framing the photo in the best way, the camera isnât shaky or tilted, and there's nothing distracting in the background.
  • Find the Right Light: While a sunny, cloudless day might make for a fun afternoon on the water, it is not always the best time to take photos. Harsh lights create dark shadows and extreme highlights. Early morning and late-afternoon tend to be when you find gentler light. This is especially important if you want to get a picture of the crystal-clear waters of North Lake Tahoe! Harsh light means more reflection on the surface, making it more difficult to see the features of the lakebed.

Where To Find The Perfect Photography Shots In North Lake Tahoe

Let us guide you through some of the best photo spots in North Lake Tahoe that are sure to leave you in awe.

  1. Sand Harbor State Park: Sand Harbor is a true gem of North Lake Tahoe, known for its turquoise waters and unique rock formations. The sunsets here are particularly breathtaking, casting warm hues over the water and creating a magical atmosphere. Don't miss the opportunity to capture the iconic "Bonsai Rock," a lone tree growing from a rock in the water that makes for a captivating subject.                               

  2. Emerald Bay State Park: Emerald Bay is one of the most photographed spots in Lake Tahoe and for good reason. The view from the overlook offers a panoramic vista of the bay with Fannette Island and the historic Vikingsholm Castle. For a different perspective, hike down to the shoreline and photograph the castle against the backdrop of the pristine lake.

  3. Kings Beach State Recreation Area: Kings Beach is a lively spot for both locals and visitors, and it's also a fantastic location for photography. Capture the sun setting behind the iconic "Kings Beach" sign or take candid shots of families playing on the sandy shores. The beach's vibrant atmosphere provides endless opportunities for candid and scenic shots alike.

  4. Donner Summit Bridge: For a more rustic and historic feel, head to the Donner Summit Bridge. The old railroad bridge spans across a picturesque alpine meadow, offering a unique vantage point. Visit during sunrise or sunset to capture the soft, golden light casting a warm glow over the landscape.                                                          

  5. Tahoe City Marina: The marina in Tahoe City is not only a hub for water activities, but it also provides fantastic photo opportunities. Capture boats against the backdrop of the majestic mountains or photograph the charming waterfront buildings that dot the shoreline. The reflections in the calm waters of the marina can create stunning mirror-like images.

  6. Brockway Summit: For panoramic views that will take your breath away, head to Brockway Summit. This spot offers a stunning overlook of Lake Tahoe from above, making it an ideal location for landscape photography. The changing seasons bring unique colors to the trees and waters, ensuring that each visit yields different but equally captivating shots.

Stay With Tahoe Truckee Properties

The easiest way to find great photography shots in North Lake Tahoe is to rent a home from Tahoe Truckee Properties. We offer the best selection of vacation rentals in the region, with homes near Kings Beach and Carnelian Bay. Consider renting, where you'll be able to enjoy an unobstructed view of the lake. You won't find a closer property to the water; Kings Beach Lakefront Lodge is situated on the shore of Lake Tahoe! This four-bedroom, two-bathroom home is the perfect place to begin and end your vacation.

Take a look at the rest of our accommodations and book today! We look forward to having you.
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