City Photography: tips for taking pictures of buildings with maximum impact

City Photography: tips for taking pictures of buildings with maximum impact

City photography tips for during the shoot

City photography tips for during the shoot: use aperture priority mode

Pick the right priority
“I’ve learned that shutter speed is less important than aperture when using a tripod,” says Howard. “Choosing Aperture Priority mode gave me the best control over the f‑stop setting.”

 

City photography tips for during the shoot: see in black and white

See in black and white
“Want to see what a scene looks like in black and white before you shoot it? Here’s a great tip I picked up from Paul. If you change the camera’s Picture Style to Monochrome, the LCD shows the shots I’ve just taken in shades of grey. As long as I shoot in RAW I’ll still record the image in full colour and I can then convert the image more artistically later.”

 

City photography tips for during the shoot: look for abstract details

Look for abstract details
Howard’s always loved capturing buildings. “There’s something about the interplay of lines and perspective,” he explains. “You get similar effects occurring naturally, but it’s easier to see with buildings.”

City photography tips for during the shoot: look for abstract details

Howard particularly likes abstract details, such as the railing and shadows at the museum that he’s focusing on here…

 

City photography tips for during the shoot: use your histogram

Use your histogram
The combination of highly-reflective modern architecture and bright fluffy clouds made nailing a good exposure a real problem for Howard. Then Paul told him about histograms. “I’d used them in Photoshop, but never on my camera,” explains Howard. By using enough exposure compensation to avoid the graph piling up to the right, burn-out was banished!

PAGE 1: Meet our professional photographer and apprentice
PAGE 2: City photography tips for during the shoot
PAGE 3: Final tips on how to take compelling pictures of buildings
PAGE 4: Our professional photographer’s recommended gear
PAGE 5: Shot of the Day

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