16 best city and town photography ideas to get the mind thinking
To inspire you the next time you step out in a city with your camera, we’ve put together a list of the 16 best photographic subjects you can find in a city / town, along with links to the best tutorials that will help you hone your skills. your photos of them. But first, let’s take a look at some of the kits you might want to consider packing the next time you go for a photo walk through the streets of a city.
What equipment will I need?
Of course, you will need a camera and it could range from a DSLR to a smaller compact one. If you plan on taking photos after sunset, you might want to consider carrying a stand, especially if you plan to capture light streaks. Keep in mind that some places, such as cathedrals and train stations, will not allow you to use a stand, so take this into account when planning your day.
ND and polarizing filters don’t take up too much space and could come in handy, as do a variety of lenses if you don’t plan on using a compact camera. Consider bringing a large tele-zoom and macro lens if you have room in your camera bag for them. When it comes to bag choices everyone is different so the best advice we can give you is to get a bag that is comfortable, will easily hold all the kit you will need and is easy to access. Shoulder bags are popular in cities due to the ease of access to the kit without having to remove the bag, but an everyday backpack will do just as well.
What should I photograph?
1. You can’t ignore architecture
Buildings, old and new, surround our streets, so you can’t really visit a city without taking building-themed images. Click the link above for more architectural photography tips or visit the technical section to see the full list of architectural photography techniques we have on site.
2. Try street photography
A bustling city can be the perfect place to experiment with street portraits, especially since you can blend in with the crowds and shoot from the hip to capture interesting candid shots.
3. Photograph a landmark
Famous landmarks have only one problem: they’re famous, which means it can be hard to find a photo of them that isn’t already on a thousand other cameras, but that doesn’t mean not to say that it is impossible.
4. Take to the skies
One of the easiest ways to change the look of your city image is to gain height. So climb a mountain, climb a few steps, or use an elevator to reach the top of a tower and give your images a different perspective.
5. Capture images of traffic and transport
The city streets are busy places with buses, cars, cyclists and more going from A to B, giving you ample opportunity to get creative with your transport photos.
6. Be creative and add streaks of light to your city photos
Have you wondered how people make the lights of cars crisscross their images? Well, click on the link above to find the answers.
7. Photograph a church, cathedral or other place of worship
These structures make great subjects for architectural shots, but if the weather changes or you want to take a break from the streets with your camera gear, the interiors of these buildings are also worth capturing.
8. Visit a museum
Museums are not only educational and interesting, but they offer many photographic opportunities. Plus, many are free to enter, which is always a bonus! Also take a look outside the museums for some interesting architectural photos worth capturing.
9. Look for interesting architectural motifs
Stop thinking of buildings as whole structures and focus on the small pockets of interesting patterns and shapes that make them up.
10. Capture reflections in buildings
Thanks to modern architecture that favors glass and steel rather than brick and mortar, cities are full of reflections that offer us an alternative way of photographing the places in which we live.
11. Photograph a station
There are few cities that don’t have a train station and these are great places to take pictures. Interesting architecture, people to capture, and close-ups of interesting details are just a few of the shots you can capture around these places.
12. Look for stairs and steps
Stairs might seem a bit boring, but if you start to think about the materials they are made of and the shapes and styles that exist, you will quickly realize that there are a lot of steps to take care of you and your device. Photo.
13. Photograph a bridge
Bridges come in all kinds of shapes and sizes, and you can capture them from all angles, making them a subject you can have a good time on.
14. Spend time by a canal
Canals were once used to transport goods to towns and villages across the UK and as a result many waterways still pass through the streets of our town. The long canals, bridges and locks that once supplied goods now provide plenty of photography opportunities and since they all have public walkways, you won’t disturb anyone if you spend an hour and two with your camera next to one.
15. Take a walk in a city / municipal park
The green spaces that can be found in cities are a paradise for many and are a great place to grab your camera when you want to take a break from the busy streets.
16. Capture photos of storefronts and signs
Spend time in your city and capture interesting images of displays and signs. There will be a lot of interesting signs, and will leave at night and the storefronts will look completely different to them.
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