Cities are synonymous with a modern, fashionable, and busy lifestyle. Photographing in the city allows a photographer to capture human beings amidst the sophisticated structures that they themselves have created. Interesting architecture, geometry, and aesthetics of the city can be very appealing subjects to photograph, too. The COOPH team, in association with photographer Niklas Nischke, presents the following 8 tips for photographing in the city:
Use the Rule of Thirds
The rule of thirds can be your best friend when you’re shooting cityscapes. Compose your shots in a way that the landmarks or city structures are placed either in the right or the left third of the frame. While shooting skylines, the horizon can be placed at the top one-third portion for a pleasing look. For the sake of convenience, you can enable the rule of thirds grid in the camera to assist you with your composition.
Shadows add an extra dimension to a photograph and also create a sense of drama. To play with shadows, try to shoot against the light for silhouettes, look for patterns made by the shadows, and even add your subject against the shadows being created by city structures to present a sense of comparison.
Look for Regular Patterns
Regular and repeated patterns are aesthetically pleasing subjects. Look around for repeating structures, such as doors, windows, tile patterns, or regular geometrical structures of a building for some abstract yet orderly compositions.
Also Look for Irregular Patterns
While regular patterns are visually pleasing, irregular patterns can be very interesting too when shot up-close. Unusual and unconventional shapes and patterns can add a sense of modern styling.
Use Negative Space
By placing the structure to one side and the sky to the other, you can add negative space to a photo. This isolates the structure and compels the viewer to pay more attention to it and also emphasizes the structure’s geometry.
Use Leading Lines
Leading lines are well known in photography to drive the viewer’s eyes through the frame. Place your subject along leading lines to draw the viewer’s attention toward the subject. Like leading lines, converging lines are also effective. Be aware of your surroundings and keep your creative eyes open to find such lines.
Find Urban Backdrops
Look out for plain and colorless buildings to be used a backdrops. They allow your subject to stand out more.
Frame Within a Frame
By framing your subject within a frame, you can come up with a very pleasing shot. Place your subject within a door, window, or other structure to contain him/her in a frame and get an awesome shot. Shooting out from a tunnel can be a good idea to frame the subject approaching into the darkness.
With all those hustle and bustle that cities are recognized for, they can also present you with wonderful photography opportunities. Just don’t shut down your artistic side while shooting in such conditions.
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