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29 Stunning Staircase Images

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There is something about a good staircase that seems to draw photographers to shoot it. Perhaps it’s the repetition and patterns in the steps or it could be the geometric shapes that often appear around them. Whatever it is – staircases present some cool possibilities when you’re out shooting so keep your eye open for them. Here are a few to get you thinking about how to photograph staircases.

Staircase Texture

Well the Ocean Took My Baby

Double Helix

Stairway to...

Footprints

arne jacobsen, aarhus town hall 1937-1942

A Mirror on the Ceiling

leisure time.

Da geht mir ein Licht auf - enlightenment

098/365 - ALONE

dark clouds and a staircase

Green

I believe I can fly........

Interior Architecture of the Deutsches Museum II

Organ staircase Saint Mary's Studley Royal, Yorkshire UK

Reflection and Shadow - Spiral Staircase

The Lobby stairs  ::

Staircase

Black Madonna Stairs, Prague

Steps

nightcrawler

The colors of life

When a Girl goes Down the Staircase

6 Stunden Berlin | Niere/Ohr

Paranoid

Oyonnax revisited

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

  • Paulo

    Wow… Amazing

  • http://Www.wildlifeencounters.eu Steve
  • Joe Gavin

    I love the light bulb staircase

  • David J

    A series of stunning and inspirational images. Love each and every one but like Joe I find the lightbulb one to be my favourite.

  • Ron T

    Great photography, very inspirational.

  • Mei Teng

    Stunning indeed! Thanks for sharing.

  • http://clutterboxtwo.blogspot.ca/ Namine

    oh these are lovely!

  • Scottc

    Great images, Stairs are certainly photogenic.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lendog64/5550109379/

  • http://livingonthelens.com Brenda

    I love spiral staircases so much it almost brought tears to my eyes looking at all those eye-candy shots!
    Have only been in a few places where I’ve been able to photograph one. Now I’ve got the urge to go find some more! Here’s my example:

    http://www.livingonthelens.com/2012/12/staircase-spiral.html

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/the-wanderers-eye/ Ruben Alexander (The Wanderer’s Eye)

    Many thanks for choosing my spiral photograph to be one among this brilliant and very inspiring collection of spiral photographs.


    The Wanderer’s Eye Photogs | Ruben Alexander
    FB Photo Page: http://www.facebook.com/the.wanderers.eye
    Flickr Photostream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/the-wanderers-eye/

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/msranjith Ranjith
  • Walther

    Most intriguing subject yet, your vision of stairs: everything is round, as life is. One of my favorate art vision, and maybe add house-, building portals.Reminds me of my dad’s wrought irlon balconies and banisters, and maybe mention how as kids we used to slide down four sets of stairs in our house, taking care to avoid the upright cone at the end of the bannister. Perfect for castrati management. Laugh: New Years is in the way!
    Walther

  • http://www.softdesign.pro marius tipa

    I have seen them in Borred Panda … ?

  • http://www.rosipro.com Olga

    spectacular white stairs! great collection to get inspired :)

  • http://jlopez.ende.cc javier

    My own staircase shot:
    http://jlopez.ende.cc/?p=600

  • http://emsvision.com Emil Ems

    As to the picture “Green” above (the staircase with the green palm in the centre) I was flabbergasted to see that I had taken exactly the same motive from a different angle two years later. I am glad that I had not seen “Green” earlier, since it had mot probably prevented me from taking an “inferior” view.

    You can see my version on my blog http://emilems.blogspot.se/2012/04/some-like-it-hot.html

    Yours sincerely
    Emil Ems

  • http://www.carouselphotodesign.com Christine

    Absolutely stunning!!! Thanks for posting!

  • http://www.DLWaters.com Dan Waters
  • Jean

    So beautiful and inspiring

  • Alex Bruce

    Beautiful shots! Here are my versions of #1 and #25 from your posting

    ]http://www.flickr.com/photos/alexbrucephoto/5985951720/in/set-72157627317329568/[/img][img

    ]http://www.flickr.com/photos/alexbrucephoto/5773388720/in/set-72157626864112915[/img]

  • http://www.facebook.com/h4habibPG Habib
  • http://www.toddfong.com Todd Fong

    In response to Emil Ems, I am flattered by your comment about my photo, “Green”. I just wanted to add a little color commentary about that photo. Working across from the Embarcadero Center for about a year, I spent many a lunch hour shooting in Embarcadero Center. What I found is that the weather and time of day (and year) play a large role in how your image comes out. So in a sense, it wasn’t that I took a spectacular picture; I found a great image and was the lucky recipient of the perfect weather and time of day. What I wished I had was my ultra-wide angle lens that day; for this image, I could only go as wide as 18mm on an APS-C DSLR (about 27mm). This is why I believe it is important to visit the same subject multiple times at different times of the day or year.

    BTW, I also took a photo of the staircase from the same perspective as you and I don’t think it’s a worse perspective, just a very different way of seeing it.

  • http://www.jiphotography.co.uk Danny Jackson

    An image I took in the Museum of Liverpool. Used a 1/15 shutter to get the bair of the people.[eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/50586100@N04/6486837249/' title='Museum of Liverpool' url='http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7169/6486837249_11dc508dbd.jpg']

  • http://www.stairsupplies.net/ George

    These are awesome looking stairs! Some of them look like roller coasters so I’m not sure I’d feel safe walking up some.

  • Mauro Castaldi

    Amazing !!! Some photos even give me dizziness… :)

  • Anne

    This is really cool! very helpful because I will be doing a whole project on staircase photography! Would you be able to post up some tips?

Some older comments

  • George

    April 24, 2013 05:01 am

    These are awesome looking stairs! Some of them look like roller coasters so I'm not sure I'd feel safe walking up some.

  • Danny Jackson

    December 28, 2012 08:42 pm

    An image I took in the Museum of Liverpool. Used a 1/15 shutter to get the bair of the people.[eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/50586100@N04/6486837249/' title='Museum of Liverpool' url='http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7169/6486837249_11dc508dbd.jpg']

  • Todd Fong

    December 28, 2012 04:05 am

    In response to Emil Ems, I am flattered by your comment about my photo, "Green". I just wanted to add a little color commentary about that photo. Working across from the Embarcadero Center for about a year, I spent many a lunch hour shooting in Embarcadero Center. What I found is that the weather and time of day (and year) play a large role in how your image comes out. So in a sense, it wasn't that I took a spectacular picture; I found a great image and was the lucky recipient of the perfect weather and time of day. What I wished I had was my ultra-wide angle lens that day; for this image, I could only go as wide as 18mm on an APS-C DSLR (about 27mm). This is why I believe it is important to visit the same subject multiple times at different times of the day or year.

    BTW, I also took a photo of the staircase from the same perspective as you and I don't think it's a worse perspective, just a very different way of seeing it.

  • Habib

    December 22, 2012 08:17 am

    my own shot
    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=276190085824382&set=pb.269104753199582.-2207520000.1356124503&type=3&theater

  • Alex Bruce

    December 22, 2012 05:23 am

    Beautiful shots! Here are my versions of #1 and #25 from your posting

    ]http://www.flickr.com/photos/alexbrucephoto/5985951720/in/set-72157627317329568/[/img][img

    ]http://www.flickr.com/photos/alexbrucephoto/5773388720/in/set-72157626864112915[/img]

  • Jean

    December 22, 2012 05:06 am

    So beautiful and inspiring

  • Dan Waters

    December 22, 2012 02:17 am

    http://dlwaters.photoshelter.com/image/I0000IVdxJdwfCq4

  • Christine

    December 22, 2012 02:09 am

    Absolutely stunning!!! Thanks for posting!

  • Emil Ems

    December 21, 2012 11:44 pm

    As to the picture "Green" above (the staircase with the green palm in the centre) I was flabbergasted to see that I had taken exactly the same motive from a different angle two years later. I am glad that I had not seen "Green" earlier, since it had mot probably prevented me from taking an "inferior" view.

    You can see my version on my blog http://emilems.blogspot.se/2012/04/some-like-it-hot.html

    Yours sincerely
    Emil Ems

  • javier

    December 21, 2012 11:40 pm

    My own staircase shot:
    http://jlopez.ende.cc/?p=600

  • Olga

    December 21, 2012 08:52 pm

    spectacular white stairs! great collection to get inspired :)

  • marius tipa

    December 21, 2012 06:51 pm

    I have seen them in Borred Panda ... ?

  • Walther

    December 21, 2012 04:30 pm

    Most intriguing subject yet, your vision of stairs: everything is round, as life is. One of my favorate art vision, and maybe add house-, building portals.Reminds me of my dad's wrought irlon balconies and banisters, and maybe mention how as kids we used to slide down four sets of stairs in our house, taking care to avoid the upright cone at the end of the bannister. Perfect for castrati management. Laugh: New Years is in the way!
    Walther

  • Ranjith

    December 21, 2012 02:23 pm

    Lets make it 30!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/msranjith/8293351600/in/photostream

  • Ruben Alexander (The Wanderer's Eye)

    December 20, 2012 04:57 pm

    Many thanks for choosing my spiral photograph to be one among this brilliant and very inspiring collection of spiral photographs.

    --
    The Wanderer's Eye Photogs | Ruben Alexander
    FB Photo Page: www.facebook.com/the.wanderers.eye
    Flickr Photostream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/the-wanderers-eye/

  • Brenda

    December 17, 2012 01:19 pm

    I love spiral staircases so much it almost brought tears to my eyes looking at all those eye-candy shots!
    Have only been in a few places where I've been able to photograph one. Now I've got the urge to go find some more! Here's my example:

    http://www.livingonthelens.com/2012/12/staircase-spiral.html

  • Scottc

    December 17, 2012 12:52 am

    Great images, Stairs are certainly photogenic.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lendog64/5550109379/

  • Namine

    December 16, 2012 10:45 am

    oh these are lovely!

  • Mei Teng

    December 15, 2012 11:55 am

    Stunning indeed! Thanks for sharing.

  • Ron T

    December 15, 2012 08:54 am

    Great photography, very inspirational.

  • David J

    December 15, 2012 08:37 am

    A series of stunning and inspirational images. Love each and every one but like Joe I find the lightbulb one to be my favourite.

  • Joe Gavin

    December 15, 2012 07:51 am

    I love the light bulb staircase

  • Steve

    December 15, 2012 05:15 am

    At the bottom of the staircase

    http://wildlifeencounters.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/Wales/G0000Exlf55keW7Y/I000078WAcYh9vJw/C00006idB3II8aC4

  • Paulo

    December 15, 2012 03:10 am

    Wow... Amazing

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