By : Nikon School Blog | 25 Jan, 2017 |
Most photographers are fascinated by landscapes. That's why most dream of heading off to the next trek, or to the sea shore, hoping to capture some breathtaking landscapes. Unfortunately, the pressures of our work do not always allow this. This is why many wise photographers try to make the most of what is available to them. Shooting urban landscapes is one such option. Yes, most modern cities have urban spaces that can also be treated as landscapes. In your own city, you can find very interesting urban spaces to shoot, and the results are often as attractive as any natural landscapes.
The technique of shooting is not much different than shooting natural landscapes. You generally need good depth of field. So, we generally use wide angles and small apertures. Showing as much as possible is most effective.
While aerial views and low angles create dramatic perspectives, usually a middle level viewpoint is the most natural. Try to find locations which give you access to this kind of view.
Just like a natural landscape, there is a best time to shoot urban landscapes. The golden hours produce pleasing shadows and enhance the three dimensional aspect of the urban space. Shooting at dusk can give you soft ambient light, along with the glow of man-made lights. Shooting at night is also an option, but a tripod is highly recommended.
Wide angle lenses are preferred but not essential. You can also create interesting perspectives by using normal, and telephoto lenses.
You can experiment by shooting the urban landscape through the eyes of the inhabitants. You can also include a specific feature of any urban landscape, like a certain architectural style, transportation, iconic landmarks, etc.
The skyline of modern cities often define them. Look for the best vantage point to shoot the skyline. Shoot the same skyline at different times of the year to get different views.
Just like natural landscapes, making panoramas is a great way to show the expanse of urban landscapes. Apply the same rules for making urban landscape panoramas, like overlapping the individual images. Ensure there is no or negligible movement of people or vehicles when you are shooting for panoramas.
Human activities can be included to infuse life into any urban landscape. People going about their daily chores while interacting with their urban environment, can add interest to your urban landscapes.
Anything that you can do to create a fresh perspective and show an urban landscape in a new way, should be done. Do not be afraid of experimenting.