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A Photographer’s Guide

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A Photographer’s Guide
Andrew Hudson


Sagrada Família at duskCatarina Belova/Shutterstock

Sagrada Família

22 views to photograph
Sagrada Família from Casa MilàBernard Gagnon/Wikipedia
Sagrada Família Nativity façade from Plaça de GaudíCanaan/Wikipedia
Detail, Ascension of Jesus at Sagrada FamíliaTony Bowden/Flickr
Nave ceiling of Sagrada FamíliaSba73/Wikipedia
Ascension of Jesus at Sagrada FamíliaAndrij Bulba/Flickr
Nativity façade of Sagrada FamíliaBrianza2008/Wikipedia
Passion façade of Sagrada FamíliaWjh31/Wikipedia
Sagrada Família from Plaça de la Sagrada FamíliaS-F/Shutterstock
Spiral staircase in Sagrada FamíliaJohn Solaro/Flickr
Tortoise at the base of column at Sagrada FamíliaStanislav Kozlovskiy/Wikipedia
Crown of ThornsDon McCullough/Flickr
Inside tower of Sagrada FamíliaJorge Láscar/Flickr
La Sagrada FamiliaFilipe Frazao/Shutterstock
Passion and Death Sagrada FamíliaSBA73/Flickr
Saint VeronicaTony Bowden/Flickr
Ascension and four towers, La Sagrada FamiliaVeniamin Kraskov/Shutterstock
Kiss of Judas at Sagrada FamíliaPaul Stevenson/Flickr
Horizontal, skylight above altarAndrew Moore/Flickr
Square, skylight above altarBarbara Eckstein/Flickr
Vertical, skylight above altarTony Hisgett/Flickr


Map of Sagrada Família

Map of Sagrada Família


About PhotoSecrets



A great travel photo­graph requires you to be in the right place at the right time to capture that special moment. Professional photo­graphers have a short-hand phrase for this: “F8 and be there.”

There are countless books that can help you with photo­graphic technique, the “F8” portion of that equation. But until now, there’s been little help for the other, more critical portion of that equation, the “be there” part. To find the right spot, you had to expend lots of time and shoe leather to essentially re-invent the wheel.

In my career as a professional travel photo­grapher, well over half my time on location is spent seeking out the good angles. Andrew Hudson’s PhotoSecrets does all that legwork for you, so you can spend your time photo­graphing instead of wandering about. I wish I had one of these books for every city I photo­graph on assignment.

PhotoSecrets can help you capture the most beautiful sights with a minimum of hassle and a maximum of enjoyment. So grab your camera, find your favorite PhotoSecrets spots, and “be there!”

About Bob Krist

Bob Krist has photo­graphed assignments for National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, Travel/­Holiday, Smithsonian, and Islands. He won “Travel photo­grapher of the Year” from the Society of American Travel Writers in 1994, 2007, and 2008.

For National Geographic, Bob has led round-the-world tours and a traveling lecture series. His book In Tuscany with Frances Mayes spent a month on The New York Times’ bestseller list and his how-to book Spirit of Place was hailed by American Photo­grapher magazine as “the best book about travel photo­graphy we’ve ever read.”

The parents of three sons, Bob and his wife live in New Hope, Pennsylvania.


Thank you for reading PhotoSecrets. As a fellow fan of travel and photo­graphy, I hope this guide will help you quickly find the most visually stunning places, and come home with equally stunning photo­graphs.

PhotoSecrets is designed to show you all the best sights. Flick through, see the classic views, and use them as a departure point for your own creations. Flick through, enjoy the photos, and see which places inspire you. Get comp­osition ideas, lighting tips, and a brief history. It’ll be like traveling with a location scout and a pro-photo­grapher by your side.

The idea for PhotoSecrets came during a trip to Thailand, when I tried to find the exotic beach used in the James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun. None of the guidebooks I had showed a picture, so I thought a guidebook of postcard photos would be useful for us photographers. If you have any ides for improvements, please send me an email at

Now, start exploring — and take lots of photos!

About Andrew Hudson

Originally an engineer, Andrew Hudson started PhotoSecrets in 1995. His first book won the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best First Book and his second won the Grand Prize in the National Self-Published Book Awards.

Andrew has published 15 nationally-distributed photo­graphy books. He has photo­graphed assignments for Macy’s, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Men’s Health and Seventeen, and been a location scout for Nikon. His photos and articles have appeared in Alaska Airlines, National Geographic Traveler, Shutterbug Outdoor and Nature photo­graphy, Where, and Woman’s World.

Andrew has a degree in Computer Engineering from Manchester University and a certificate in copyright law from Harvard Law School. Born in Redditch, England, he lives with his wife, two kids, and two chocolate Labs, in San Diego, California.


At a Glance

Name:Sagrada Família
Spanish:Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família
English:Basilica and Expiatory Church of the Holy Family
Location:Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Completion:2028 (estimated)
Status:Minor basilica
Architect:Antoni Gaudí
Spires:18 (when finished)

The Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família Templo Expiatorio de la Sagrada Familia; Basilica and Expiatory Church of the Holy Family) is a large Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926). Gaudí’s work on the building is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and in November 2010 Pope Benedict XVI consecrated and proclaimed it a minor basilica, as distinct from a cathedral, which must be the seat of a bishop.

In 1882 construction of Sagrada Família commenced under architect Francisco Paula de Villar until 1883, when Gaudí became involved when Francisco resigned as the head architect. Taking over the project, Gaudí transformed it with his architectural and engineering style, combining Gothic and curvilinear Art Nouveau forms. Gaudí devoted his last years to the project, and at the time of his death at age 73 in 1926, less than a quarter of the project was complete.

Sagrada Familia’s construction progressed slowly, as it relied on private donations and was interrupted by the Spanish Civil War, only to resume intermittent progress in the 1950s. Construction passed the midpoint in 2010 with some of the project’s greatest challenges remaining and an anticipated completion date of 2026, the centenary of Gaudí’s death.

The basílica has a long history of dividing the citizens of Barcelona: over the initial possibility it might compete with Barcelona’s cathedral, over Gaudí’s design itself, over the possibility that work after Gaudí’s death disregarded his design, and the 2007 proposal to build an underground tunnel of Spain’s high-speed rail link to France which could disturb its stability. Describing Sagrada Família, art critic Rainer Zerbst said, “It is probably impossible to find a church building anything like it in the entire history of art” and Paul Goldberger describes it as, “The most extraordinary personal interpretation of Gothic architecture since the Middle Ages."




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