Tips on Taking Interesting Pictures of the Eiffel Tower

by Jessica on July 22, 2011

by Jessica | July 22nd, 2011  

I remember hearing once that there was a poll many years ago which asked people to name any place in the world they’d choose as a meeting point with someone they might not know, and the Eiffel Tower won in a landslide. It’s an iconic structure, easily recognized from almost any angle, whether you’ve actually seen it in person or not. And while getting a photograph of the Eiffel Tower is no problem whatsoever, capturing such a well-known monument in a way that’s a little different from everyone else’s pictures can be a big problem.

The truth is that although the Eiffel Tower is an interesting shape, and it’s possible to photograph it from several points around the city, it’s very difficult to get an original picture of the Eiffel Tower. Now, you may not be able to figure out an angle on the Tower that no one else has ever thought of before, but I think these interesting Eiffel Tower pictures might just inspire you to take a few extra shots of the famous Parisian landmark before you put the camera away.

I’ve grouped these Eiffel Tower photographs in a few categories which may help you take your own interesting photos on your trip to Paris.

Focus on Just One Part of the Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower is instantly recognizable when you see the whole thing, but if you focus on just one particular aspect of it you can either completely disguise what you’re photographing or at least make the viewer think for a moment before they guess what’s in the picture.

Focus on Just One Part of the Eiffel Tower

Focus on Just One Part of the Eiffel Tower

Focus on Just One Part of the Eiffel Tower

Focus on Just One Part of the Eiffel Tower

Focus on Just One Part of the Eiffel Tower

Focus on Just One Part of the Eiffel Tower

Focus on Just One Part of the Eiffel Tower

Focus on Just One Part of the Eiffel Tower

Focus on Just One Part of the Eiffel Tower

Focus on Just One Part of the Eiffel Tower

Focus on Just One Part of the Eiffel Tower

Focus on Just One Part of the Eiffel Tower

photos by lapsangsouchong, 64iso, Thomas Claveirole, amishah, 64iso, and neilalderney123

Take Pictures of the Eiffel Tower from the Eiffel Tower

These are perhaps some of the most interesting pictures of the Eiffel Tower on this page, because the vast majority of the pictures of the tower are taken from the ground – while the vast majority of the pictures taken from the tower are taken of the view. Turn the camera around when you’re actually on the tower, and you’ve got yourself a totally different perspective. (Warning: A couple of these may give you the heebie jeebies, if you’re at all afraid of heights – like I completely am.)

Pictures of the Eiffel Tower from the Eiffel Tower

Pictures of the Eiffel Tower from the Eiffel Tower

Pictures of the Eiffel Tower from the Eiffel Tower

Pictures of the Eiffel Tower from the Eiffel Tower

Pictures of the Eiffel Tower from the Eiffel Tower

Pictures of the Eiffel Tower from the Eiffel Tower

Pictures of the Eiffel Tower from the Eiffel Tower

Pictures of the Eiffel Tower from the Eiffel Tower

Pictures of the Eiffel Tower from the Eiffel Tower

Pictures of the Eiffel Tower from the Eiffel Tower

photos by s3k, briandeadly, Lars Tinner, Lars Tinner, and bewilder2009

Capture the Eiffel Tower as a Reflection

Paris is a big city, and there are buildings around the Eiffel Tower with windows – so you can often see the tower without actually facing it just by seeing its reflection. Or, as you can see below, you can create your own reflection in something like sunglasses. The last picture isn’t a reflection, but it’s not really the tower, either – so I’m including it here.

Eiffel Tower as a Reflection

Eiffel Tower as a Reflection

Eiffel Tower as a Reflection

Eiffel Tower as a Reflection

Eiffel Tower as a Reflection

Eiffel Tower as a Reflection

photos by Quasimondo, csaveanu, and trayser

Get Up Close and Personal with the Eiffel Tower

Perhaps the easiest way to photograph the Eiffel Tower in a way that isn’t your standard “portrait-style framing of the whole tower from the opposite side of the Champ de Mars” is to get right up close to the tower and then fill the frame with the tower. It’s still obvious what the subject is, but it can be a more interesting picture because you get some of the texture of the tower itself as well as an idea of the height and scale.

Get Up Close and Personal with the Eiffel Tower

Get Up Close and Personal with the Eiffel Tower

Get Up Close and Personal with the Eiffel Tower

Get Up Close and Personal with the Eiffel Tower

Get Up Close and Personal with the Eiffel Tower

Get Up Close and Personal with the Eiffel Tower

photos by OliverN5, clickykbd, and Great Beyond

Put the Eiffel Tower in Context

As mentioned, the Eiffel Tower is just one monument in a big European city – so getting a picture that gives the viewer a sense of the city around the famous landmark can be an interesting way to give them a feel for the city itself. As the photographer, of course, you have control over the environment they see – whether it’s the Eiffel Tower between buildings, or from the grassy fields of the Champ de Mars.

Eiffel Tower in Context

Eiffel Tower in Context

Eiffel Tower in Context

Eiffel Tower in Context

Eiffel Tower in Context

Eiffel Tower in Context

Eiffel Tower in Context

Eiffel Tower in Context

photos by nicolephoceen, fakelvis, danorbit., and Le Turc

Have Fun With the Eiffel Tower

If you’re going to Paris, these are just a few of the ways you can have fun with just a camera, the Eiffel Tower, and the surrounding landscape. I’m sure you can think of more.

Have Fun

Have Fun

Have Fun

Have Fun

Have Fun

Have Fun

photos by danorbit., A – Jay, and @t.


{ 3 comments }

Pero February 26, 2009 at 2:48 pm
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nice tips, thanks for that…also photos looks very nice..:)

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Fanny Johnson-Griffin June 7, 2010 at 8:18 pm
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I ilove to take pictures of famous places, and this was a great help in makiing think of compositions that are greatly more interesting, Thanks

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Adrian August 30, 2011 at 2:08 am
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Very nice post. If you plan to visit Paris you could check the Paris metro for easy travel within Paris city.

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