Morocco is a stunningly beautiful country. The beauty of Morocco comes from the interplay of rich nature and the unique culture of this fascinating kingdom. Photography in Morocco is more than a great reason to visit this country. You might have seen many amazing pictures that got you interested in visiting Morocco and taking pictures of your own.
Photography in Morocco isn’t as easy as you might think it is. You won’t just jump off the airport and start shooting. First of all, you need to know the amazing spots that you must never miss on a trip to Morocco. We will provide a list of the top Instagrammable places in Morocco to help you in this regard. We will also discuss the photo etiquettes in Morocco
Photography equipment that you need in Morocco
If you already own a camera, you’re good to go. You probably love your camera and know how it works and what you need.
A short and easy thing to do these days is to purchase a good phone that has a fine camera. Nowadays, it’s not a hard task because most of the late models have amazing cameras. iPhone 11 is a great suggestion.
If you want to buy a camera for your trip to Morocco, you should probably check some of the pocket-friendly Nikons and Canons. Canon EOS 4000D and Nikon D3500 are two suggestions.
And of course don’t forget to get all your lenses, and batteries, and water coat because you might need them.
Top 5 Instagrammable spots for photography in Morocco
On this list, we will explore the five most visually appealing spots of photography in Morocco. The top 5 Instagrammable spots we will have here will make great visuals to share with your Instagram followers.
1. The Seemingly-endless Dunes of the Sahara Desert and the camels :
The beauty of the Sahara desert is similar to that of the sea. It comes from its seemingly-infinite extent; it occupies all the horizons. And just like in the ocean, the sunsets and sunrises are stunning.
However, the most iconic thing (or creature) that makes every Sahara picture looks amazing and exotic is including camels in the frame. Camels are beautiful creatures that are essential and highly respected in the Sahara. The same applies to palm groves and oases. You can imagine how important finding a palm grove was for the desert caravans.
Taking a picture in the Sahara is always packed with implicit stories and affects. It’s not just sand and heat.
Capture some impressive pictures for your Instagram.
2. Still in the Sahara, but this Time the Desert Fortress, Ait Ben Haddou :
The UNESCO world heritage Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou is one of the most iconic places in Morocco that draws the lenses of artists, photographers, and movie makers.
You must have seen it already if you’re a fan of historic movies in the likes of Sodom and Gomorrah and the Kingdom of Heaven. This fortress is one place where you want to take pictures if you like any of the movies on this list
3. The ruins of the Old Roman Empire :
The remains of an old Roman City near Fes city is a must-photograph. Volubilis is an ancient Roman city in Morocco that survived time.
This well-preserved UNESCO World Heritage Site is truly a fascinating place to head to for photographs if you’re into old archeological spots.
4. The Huge Mosque, Hassan II Mesjid
Hassan II mosque is an architectural wonder by all standards. The Mosque has one of the tallest minarets in the world that can be seen from anywhere in Casablanca. The internal architecture of Hassan II mosque is a celebration of the intricate and detailed work of Moroccan artisans.
Capture the beauty of Moroccan and Islamic architecture in Hassan II mosque. It’s a place that you shouldn’t miss.
5. The exotic Bahia Palace :
The late 19th-century Bahia Palace is a place where you can have a taste of Moroccan aristocracy. It’s a great palace similar to what you see in old Oriental paintings. The mosaic of this palace is a trippy piece of art that needs to be captured in photos.
There are many amazing spots in Marrakech that are similar to Bahia Palace, but only a few stand out as more authentic.
Etiquette of Photography in Morocco
Documenting your trip is half of the fun as a traveler. If you don’t think so, then reading this article is obsolete to you. Anyway, if you want to capture Morocco, especially Moroccans, you need to keep some rules in mind. Moroccan People are generally cool and open-minded, but some might be offended if you took a picture of them. Some people won’t mind, some are shy to refuse, and some might straight out tell you to delete the picture and tell you to “piss-off.”
You shouldn’t be surprised if such a thing happened. In the last case, you should just apologize and cool the air off by being nice and sensitive about the situation.
Some shops and street performers will only let you take pictures of them if you paid a small fee. Some of them make money that way. If you see a street performer charming snakes, you mustn’t take pictures of him without paying a fee, even if he didn’t ask. Shop owners also might expect you to pay them for pictures, especially if you didn’t buy anything.
If you want to take pictures of regular people in the street, you should ask for permission or perhaps get to know the person first. Being friendly is always met with acceptance wherever you go.
Women who seem modest are probably not a good target for photography if you want to stay respected by the conservative Moroccan community. No conservative husband or father wants his wife or daughter to be captured in photos that strangers can see. However, some girls and ladies will totally mind being the subject of a picture.
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