Despite myself favoring landscape and nature photography, I do find myself more often in cities than out in nature. Because of that I really struggle with city photography, this post is just a few tips and tricks that I have put together in my effort to still get out and take photos even when I am in cities.
A big difference between nature photography and city photography is that in nature one usually aims for people not to be in the photo. Shooting in a city lets you use people to enhance or be the subject of your photo. While people can be difficult to photograph and you may need to obtain their consent before photographing them, people still offer something and can add to a photo. The emotion that a human can add to a photo is beyond words if one can capture it.
2. Experiment at night
Capturing moving car lights can be a great way to make your photo stand out. Try using a higher ISO and a slower shutter speed. Dramatic weather such as fog and mist can also help create a unique photo. Because shooting at night can be more challenging there will definitely be less well-captured photos at night out there which will help your photo stand out.
3. Utilize the weather
Bad weather usually causes one to want to curl up at home with a warm drink and binge watch some TV. However, the weather provides a unique opportunity for photographers assuming they have the courage to brave the weather. Taking pictures of a city while it's raining will give a totally different perspective and even though it may be more challenging, the rewards can be totally worth it. Think about that next time it begins to rain.
4. Find patterns
In nature, the scenery speaks for itself but in cities, you have to look for the patterns and unique angles to get your shot. Try to find shots with a lot of contrast or a pleasing pattern to the eye. Sometimes the pattern is not the main subject but can be there to enhance the shot.
5. Look for reflections
In every city, there are usually famous buildings and structures that are constantly being photographed. You have likely seen these in many photographs before. Try to find unique perspectives that you have not seen in these popular photographs by using reflections on water or on other buildings that are not the intended subject. Be creative and try things that will make your end result different than the type of shot that you have seen many times.