Want to take better photos in the city? Document your daily life when you walk the streets of your town? People, transport, architecture? This is what I do every day, I share my practice and some advice with you.
Take better photos in the city, your everyday environment
The best way to learn how to take better photos in the city is… to take photos! It may seem trivial to you, but the more you practice, the more you progress.
There is no shortage of opportunities to photograph in the city, but often you feel restrained doing so. Fear of being seen, questioned, fear of infringing on the right to image,… Obstacles are more to be found in you than elsewhere.
Yet photographing the city, its municipality, is an opportunity to take pictures every day, especially when you cannot travel. There is no shortage of subjects, you can take an interest in people, transport, architecture, Street Art, urban nature, local events …
The city is a great playground for the photographer, all the more interesting as it allows you to develop a practice that you can implement during a next trip, such as Eric Forey presents in City Trip for example.
I give you a series of tips in the video below, find the details below:
One of the main problems you encounter in the city is the “noise” that goes into your composition: cars, trucks, garbage cans … are not the best effect and affect the quality of your photos.
Look for interesting topics and get up close. Frame tighter. No need to have a telephoto lens for this, move around the subject to isolate a particular element of the decor.
By using a 50mm you will be able to frame without the visual disturbances around your subject invading your photos.
Did you get into the habit of always triggering at the same height? Take the test: change your position, lower yourself, raise your arms, lie down on the ground. Your camera’s tilting screen is a plus, use it!
You will very quickly discover interesting framing and take pictures that you never imagined. Why not use a very wide focal length if certain places are suitable?
Play urban graphics
Look for the graphic elements in your urban environment. Whatever the size of the city in which you live, there are bound to be straight lines, curves, pylons, grids, elements of contrast (pedestrian crossings for example) that deserve your attention.
Focus on these elements and forget about the rest. You will be able to create original photos, which will show what others do not see. Because you took the time to look, to open your eyes. I invite you to discover the great book of urban photography to find ideas.
And now… action, the city photo awaits!
By applying the tips above you will quickly get better photos in the city. You will have more pleasure in going out with your equipment often, without having to travel to the other side of the world.
To learn more about this practice, I invite you to read my Photo Letter every week. I share practices, advice, a vision that can help you take a photo course. You can register here :
Jean-Christophe’s photo letter