Chapter 26. Times Square

Times Square

A small piece of the sea of neon and billboards that is Times Square. Taken at ISO 400, f/2.5, 1/320 second with a 50mm lens.

Why It's Worth a Photograph

New York City's most famous intersection, Times Square, is located at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue. This section of Manhattan, from 42nd to 47th streets, is filled with lights, sounds, and people 24 hours a day. A sea of cameras and languages washes over the crowds, and the constantly changing lights offer many opportunities to capture great photographs.

Everything in Times Square is bright and loud — even the police station is lit up with neon lights. The huge billboards and signs mean that this is a great place to come after dark as night never really settles into these streets. A constantly moving stream of lights, cars, and people flow past your frame and create compelling, instantly recognizable images.

Where Can I Get the Best Shot?

The best places to photograph Times Square are from 43rd Street looking north, from the TKTS stairs at 47th Street, and from 50th Street looking south.

Where Can I Get the Best Shot?

The best vantage points from which to photograph Times Square: (A) 43rd Street looking north, (B) Duffy Square at 47th Street, and (C) 50th Street looking south. Other photo ops: (10) Grand Central Terminal, (18) New ...

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