Probably one of the most visited sights in the world, once the heart of the Roman administrative, political and religious life of the Empire, the Roman Forum now bears testament of a grandiose and opulent past.
Please note that the Roman Forum Viewpoint does not include a visit to the Roman Forum.
This location is suitable for all skill levels and all digital cameras.
Both sunset and the blue hour are perfect here at the Roman Forum Viewpoint. Add more drama at sunrise, by capturing the entire scene in silhouette. Mid-day and early afternoon are excellent for fully-lit panoramas and single exposures. Expect to have people in your exposures during opening hours of the Roman Forum. Allow 40 minutes of so when at the viewpoint.
A minimum of a 24mm lens, with a 16mm lens being ideal for this kind of setting. Longer lenses may be used for close-in shots. The viewpoint allows for panoramas too. Depending on the hour of the day and the type of shot you're after, a tripod may be required.
As previously stated, a tripod here might come in particularly handy. Long exposures are also an option here, in which case ND filters are needed. A remote trigger would be helpful. Don't forget batteries and data cards.
At each and every location, you may wish to have a full, in-depth commentary from our tour guide and leader of the walk.
Although this is a one-stop location, a tripod may seem trivial. If you wish to take full advantage of bracketing and digital blending, or long exposures, then a tripod becomes essential. My advice would be to bring one. For a more fulfilling experience of the tour, it is recommended, though not compulsory, you should know about depth of field, how to control it, and general camera handling.