City photography secrets: create distraction-free location shots

Peter Fenech
(Image credit: Peter Fenech)

It’s one of the biggest frustrations a photographer can experience when shooting in a city. You’ve found a fantastic view of a great subject, you get your camera set up, you frame your composition and then a party of tourists stroll into your frame. 

Equally aggravating is passing traffic - we often forget that the city we’re shooting is a living, working urban environment, home to thousands of people going about their daily business. These elements all work together to make capturing an unobstructed shot a challenge, especially when making images close to famous landmarks. 

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Peter Fenech

As the Editor for  Digital Photographer magazine, Peter is a specialist in camera tutorials and creative projects to help you get the most out of your camera, lens, tripod, filters, gimbal, lighting and other imaging equipment.

After cutting his teeth working in retail for camera specialists like Jessops, he has spent 11 years as a photography journalist and freelance writer – and he is a Getty Images-registered photographer, to boot.

No matter what you want to shoot, Peter can help you sharpen your skills and elevate your ability, whether it’s taking portraits, capturing landscapes, shooting architecture, creating macro and still life, photographing action… he can help you learn and improve.