08 Shoot futuristic city photography
We’re used to seeing minimalist, long-exposure landscape shots, but why not try a similar technique in your local town or city? Fine-art photographer Giles McGarry manages to fit this type of photography around his day job.
“I always take my camera and tripod to work with me in London – it pays to be prepared,” he says. “If it looks particularly good on the forecast then I’ll head to work early and try and shoot for an hour or so before work, and after work too.
“It’s dependent upon the weather and the cloud coverage. To get good streaks of clouds then you need, say, 60% cloud, but again it has to be the right sort. Fluffy cumulus are often best, but they need to be moving.”
“With this type of shot, you have to get under your camera, which can be difficult – I have been known to lay under the camera to get the shot, which often confuses passers by. When you’ve found the right spot, try not to get in anyone’s way – and always work quickly to prevent security taking an interest in you.
“All of the shots shown here were taken on a Nikon D300 with a Sigma 10-20mm lens. In terms of equipment, you’ll also need a lightweight sturdy tripod, a ball head that lets you point your camera directly upwards in landscape or portrait orientation, ND filters (including a ten-stop) and a remote release.
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* For the best results, use strong Neutral Density filters to extend the exposure time into many minutes.
* Try a photography app for the iPhone, like NDCalc, which will help you to calculate exposure times.
* If you plan to crop your image into a square format and carry out extensive colour manipulation, shoot in your camera’s raw format mode. This will enable you to preserve image quality during the editing process.
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