Photography is escapism. We want to see what we can’t with our own eyes; towering skyscrapers, endless skylines, the people of faraway cultures. We long for the distant, so it makes sense that cityscape photos are so popular and marketable. I hope these 10 tips will help you take better cityscape photography, and inspire you to explore faraway cultures.
Use a Level Tripod – Before taking the photo make sure that you use a level tripod so that the horizon is straight. Even though you can fix this later in photoshop it is easier to do it right in the first place to save yourself the hassle.
Use Your Camera’s Self-timer and a Tripod for Crisp Results – For shooting during the golden hours, and after dark, a tripod is practically essential if you want sharp crisp results. Better yet, set your camera up on the tripod, and set your camera’s two or 10-second self-timer so you don’t have to touch or jostle the camera during the actual shot. This will help your camera stay more stable, avoid blur, and capture stunningly sharp results.
Keep the Sun Behind You – Try and keep the sun behind you so that you get the most amount of light on your the city and the sky has a brilliant blue look to it.
Look for Those Leading Lines – Just like for landscape photography, leading lines are an integral part of three-dimensional cityscape composition. They add perspective, depth, and intrigue to any image while taking the viewer on a journey from one point of the frame to another.
Choose the Right Time of Day – Try to take photos as early or as late as possible in the day, as these times generally give the best light and produce more shadows and detail on your photos.
See Bad Weather as an Opportunity – Not only does bad weather add an edge to your photo, but stormy weather creates skies that are full of color and texture, providing a feeling of gloominess, fury, eeriness and even peace. In short, the stormy sky portrays emotion.
Recommended Class for more- Cityscape Photography: Capture Your City’s Story. Before this class, I would always shoot similar angles with all of my photos. After the class, I had a better understanding of light, color, and composition.
Also, this is a great practical class for first-time photographers. This class is for all levels and all equipment: whether you iPhone or DSLR, his daring, ambition, and artistry will inspire you to develop and capture your city’s story.
I highly recommend this class… He explains everything in depth. From lighting to composition to editing, he touches on many different aspects of photography. A must watch for anyone interested in learning photography basics.