1. Get there early
If there’s one thing cities have in common, it’s that they’re filled with people. Head out early (during the Golden Hour) to avoid the crowds. Or embrace the masses and incorporate people in your photos in a creative way.
Shoot with a slow shutter speed to turn people into an artsy blur in your photos.
2. Take advantage of reflections in water
So many cities are built on the water – take advantage of this to create beautiful reflection photos. Depending on the water, you may need to shoot from a few locations until you get a reflection you like.
Shoot from far away to capture the full reflection.
3. Find the symmetry in your surroundings
Life is full of symmetry and in cities – where there is so much architecture – it’s everywhere. Use the urban symmetry to highlight the subject of your photos and strengthen the composition.
Create balance and a stunning effect with symmetry.
4. Photograph ‘your’ city
What makes the city special for you? The streets, the food, your favourite shops? Take photographs of these things to capture your personal experience in the city.
To make everyday photos more interesting, shoot with different angles or use creative compositions.
5. Tackle tall buildings
To easily photograph tall buildings in an interesting way, position yourself close to the base of the building and shoot straight up. If it’s sunny, wait until the sun is behind the building or shoot into the sun to create sun flares.
Fill the frame of your photo with the building for a dramatic effect.
6. Make something normal, special
Even the most ordinary things can become artistic and unique in the right setting. Keep an eye out for patterns or interesting layouts to turn normal, everyday objects into creative photos.
Look for complementary colours, repetition and similar shapes.
7. Capture the city lights
A city by night is magical. To get clear photos that show off the lights, turn off your flash, adjust your shutter speed (on Canon cameras it’s the ‘AV’ button, on Nikon cameras it’s the ‘S’ button) and hold your camera very steady.
Use a slow shutter speed (e.g. 1 sec) at night to capture city lights.
8. Go black and white for an extra urban look
Nothing says city quite like a black and white photo. To give your photos a high impact, urban feeling, turn them to black and white. You can also try out different filters on your smartphone to get artsy city pics.
Top tip: Easily make your photos black and white in the photo book creator tool. Simply double-click the picture, go to ‘effects’ and choose the ‘black and white’ option.
9. Create abstract art
Cities offer the perfect setting to create your own abstract art. Look for reflections on windows, play with lines, the light and shadows, and use different levels and angles in your shots to create artistic photos.
Use the light to capture interesting shadows in creative places.