Turkey is good for photography
year-round. Its natural
beauty and abundance of historic
treasures give you plenty of
possibilities to make beautiful and/or
are some of my favorites.
Supplies for digital cameras
(memory cards, batteries, etc) are
readily available. The cameras themselves,
and their accessories, are generally
more expensive in Turkey than in some
other countries, such as the USA.
For info on recharging your
digital camera/video batteries while
in Turkey, see Electricity.
Many photo shops in major cities and
resort areas will download
your digital photo files, make prints for
you and/or burn the files to
a CD-ROM or DVD for
you to take home with you.
in this direction...
Do not photograph or video anything
military: bases, buildings, vehicles,
aircraft, or soldiers on duty. If
you see a sign like this:
Don't take photos of anything around
or behind it!
before photoing or videoing
soldiers off-duty (as it is polite
to do with any persons you photo/video).
If you see the Turkish words Fotograf
yapmak yasak! (Taking photographs
prohibited!) observe the restriction absolutely.
You don't want to be mistaken for
a terrorist, do you?
Some museums and sights
may require payment of a photo/video
fee, which allows photography and
videography without a tripod or other
professional equipment, for personal
(non-commercial) use only. Most of
the medium-sized and smaller sites
do not charge a photo/video fee.
Turkish TV sets and
video components use the PAL
standard as in Europe
(except France, which uses SECAM),
not the NTSC standard
used in the USA and Canada.
the seasons affect
your shooting, of course. In summer,
time your shooting for the early
morning and late afternoon whenever
possible. The light is warm and low-temperature
then. At midday, the light is high-temperature
and thus colors are washed out and
Consider a hot-air
balloon flight in Cappadocia for
a truly unforgettable photo/video
experience. The air is clear, the
light warm and dramatic, and the
angles are out of this world!