Liberty State Park Photography Information:
There is a lot to photograph at Liberty State Park. You can also take the boat ride over to the Island and photograph the Statue of Liberty. Start at one end of the park and work your way to the other. It’s so big I suggest you drive to the other side. Start at the 911 Memorial wall area then go over to the Flag area on the other end of the park.
Lens: Wide angle and zoom for birds. A good wide angle is a necessity when going to the park although you definitely can do some photo stitching all over this vast park.
Gear: You will want to bring your tripod for your night photography of the NYC skyline as seen above. There is a section over by the U.S. Flag Plaza on the western side of the park where you will find a few birds to photograph. Bring your zoom lens with you for that. You will want to use your circular polarizing filter for the white puffy clouds around this park, and there are a few ponds here that it will remove the silver glare from and bring on the reflections. Start over by the boat dock near the 911 memorial wall. Your CPL will come in handy for the reflections on the wall with the white puffy clouds in the background. You might want to drive to the other side near the Soldier Statue, or you can walk the path along the water’s edge (Hudson River Waterfront Parkway) if you are in the mood for a trek. Take a look at the map of the park before you wander. Find the Park Map here.
Camera Settings: Birds – shoot in shutter priority. 1/500ths sec on a cloudy day, ISO 800 and on a bright sunny day 1/1000 sec, ISO 100. Don’t forget to set your white balance to match sun or clouds changing it as the clouds roll in.
Night Photography – ISO 100, Manual mode, open aperture, adjust your shutter accordingly. At dusk, you will do a shorter exposure than when the sun is completely down. Start with a few second exposure and go from there. Read about how to do Night Photography Here.
Landscapes: On a bright sunny day ISO. You can shoot in aperture priority to get the depth of field, or you can shoot in shutter priority if you would like to be sure your moving subjects are crystal clear. If you are not sure, go to our Basic Photography section before you go.