"Denver should be very proud," said John Owens, Editor in Chief of Popular Photography. "It is a stunning city with endless opportunities and resources for great photography.”


The nine-page feature appears in the May issue of the magazine, on newsstands April 14, and online at PopPhoto.com.


"We think there’s much more to a great photo town than dazzling architecture, lively street life, and picturesque scenery," writer Neal Matthews explains in the article.  "A host of other factors—from the weather to the culture—combine to make a place hospitable to photographers."
To measure the differences, Popular Photography compared the 30 most populous cities in the United States across 10 categories, including annual average percentage of sunny hours, number of days with measurable precipitation, per-capita number of camera shops, museums and galleries that exhibit photos. “They even counted private security firms, since the editors have found that the more rent-a-cops, the harder it can be to take pictures in public,” writes Matthews. 


Denver was singled out for the fantastic backdrops in its historic LoDo —Lower Downtown—section, as well as for weather that often serves up sparkling mornings and dramatic bulbous thunderheads above the Front Range peaks on the western edge of the city. Capricious weather can give you 70-degree temperatures and quaking aspen trees one day, blizzards the next. Plus, the rugged Rockies are just a short ride away. 
The top 10 Photo-Friendly Cities are:

  1. Denver, Colorado
  2. San Francisco, California
  3. Austin, Texas
  4. Louisville, Kentucky
  5. Jacksonville, Florida
  6. Seattle, Washington
  7. Fort Worth, Texas
  8. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  9. Dallas, Texas
  10. San Jose, California


For all the details on the 30 top cities, see the May issue of Popular Photography or visit www.PopPhoto.com




About Popular Photography Popular Photography is the world’s largest imaging magazine, with paid monthly circulation of more than 350,000, and the website www.PopPhoto.com is an online resource for camera-buyers and photographers of all skill levels. Popular Photography is published by Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S.


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