Leeds has undergone many changes over the last 20 years making it one of the most vibrant cities of Yorkshire. The combination of old town bridges, hidden parks, and the rising city center make Leeds one of the most sought-after cities to learn and experiment different techniques in photography. It was a successful industrial city for many years leaving behind great buildings that have now been repurposed to showcase art and history of Leeds. It’s the perfect place that balances work and play. It’s not overly hyped which boggles a curious mind. It all starts at the airport as soon as you arrive after your flight. As a photographer, Leeds Bradford airport will take you to a lot of amazing spots to give your portfolio a much-needed upgrade.
You haven’t even been out of the airport yet and you already get to enjoy taking stunning photos of the vast space, glass walls all around giving you a peak of the airplanes that come and go and three of the most amazing airport lounges you could ever find. Leeds Bradford airport has three brand new luxury lounges, The Yorkshire Lounge, The White Rose Suite and The 1432 Runway club to welcome you with drinks, complimentary food, newspapers, and magazines for entertainment. Where else can you sit back, enjoy a cup of coffee or maybe a few beers and spirits while taking great photos of the runway?
Arrival and Departure Areas
The arrival and departure areas are some of the great spots to set up your camera and capture real emotions of people bidding adieu to their friends and family as well as people welcoming their loved ones with laughter and an embrace. These rare moments beat any studio pictorial a hundredfold. It’s a great opportunity to take portrait shots in a completely new environment.
It’s any photographer’s dream to have access to the airport runway and take great photos of giant airplanes taking off. The image of the sun beaming through the rows and rows of airplanes is a rare opportunity to experiment with light and exposure. Even at night, the play of light coming from the moon and the bright interior lighting from the airport creates a stunning effect to the airplanes parked near the gates.
The airport hallways are fitting if you want to take photos that tell a story. From an outsider’s point of view, a hallway is just this permanent gap between walls that don’t really serve many purposes except for people to walk by. However, from a photographer’s perspective, it’s the opposite. Airport hallways are perfect for capturing the hustle and bustle of different people from businessmen with their carry-on suitcase, a middle-aged woman with a huge backpack finally mustering the courage to go backpacking alone, a group of teenagers going out of the country to follow a rock band or a family of six children taking some time off and enjoying a weekend getaway. The thick mirror walls create a great contrast with the silhouettes of people rushing through the hallways.
Food Courts and Shopping Areas
Food courts, shopping areas, and waiting areas are usually full of people and any ordinary person will find the chaos to be exhausting. But for a photographer, there are a lot of photo opportunities from taking photos of still objects, to the flickering letters and numbers from the flight status boards, rows of seats, crowded cafes, and a great selection of collectibles that can be bought in airport malls.
I hope that gives you a good run down on the new features to look out for when visiting the airport next!Read More