Look for patterns in nature
Opportunities to shoot plants exist in every town, and it’s not just brightly coloured flowers that make cracking pictures.
Think of your photos as a way of capturing patterns and look closely at trees and plants for interesting options. Even ivy makes great images, especially when converted to black and white.
This emphasises its vein-filled leaves and natural shape. You don’t need a macro lens either – just zoom right in with your telephoto.
Look for man-made abstracts
Abstract images exist everywhere – you just need to look for them. Even brickwork or bark can look great when tightly composed to show off their contrasting textures and tones.
Keep a look out for man-made patterns. Details of buildings work particularly well, so try using your telephoto zoom lens and compose tight shots to create conceptual images from boring office blocks.
Lighting can make all the difference to these shots, so make the effort to go back later if the sun is not co-operating.
PAGE 1: How to simplify a scene
PAGE 2: How to pick out interesting photos
PAGE 3: Where to find the best photo opportunities
PAGE 4: Look for patterns in nature
PAGE 5: Walk around your subject
PAGE 6: Shoot portraits on the street
PAGE 7: Make the most of your available backgrounds