Much of my photography happens in cities. I live in a pretty big one, and frequently travel to cities for both work and personal activities. There’s some really special stuff you can capture in a densely-packed, brightly lit metropolis with the proper techniques and approaches. Take care to note that there’s a focus on exposure and execution in the articles below; capturing the fast-moving energy of a place like this will require you to setup and shoot a bit differently than when you’re trying to capture that sweeping landscape.
…capturing the heartbeat of the city is something else.
Takeaway: Cities have pockets of energy unlike any other place on earth. Focus on the unique qualities of that come with being in a high-density, urban area and make those the subject of your photos.
Cityscapes can have an extremely wide dynamic range of light due to artificial lighting, more so than landscapes. There’s often a large difference between the brightest and darkest areas of our images. Our cameras aren’t capable of capturing scenes of such high contrast.
Takeaway: Nailing city shots will take patience and some extra exposure work. Know your camera’s various options and do a little post work to get the cleanest shot.
Sometimes you can obtain a fantastic photograph by luck but that doesn’t give your work consistency…
Takeaway: Patience and planning are just as important in urban photography as in landscape photography.