10 Basic Tips for More Interesting Photos in Big Cities

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Shooting photos in big cities presents many opportunities to photographers for architecture, street, and candid shooting. It can be both a technical and creative challenge due to the fact that the pace is often quite fast. Sometimes you’ll only have a second or two to capture an image until you’ll need to keep moving. We’ve rounded up a number of quick tips (both technical and creative) to raise your keeper rate.

Don’t Center Your Horizon

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Aperture Priority and +1 EV Makes the Job a Lot Quicker

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Try Vertical Compositions

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Keep on Moving

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Shoot Wide for a Grandiose Sense of the Scene

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Get Away From Shooting at Eye Level

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People Are Characters in the Scene

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Use Zone Focusing

Look for Geometric Patterns

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Chris Gampat

Chris Gampat is the Editor in Chief, Founder, and Publisher of the Phoblographer. He also likes pizza.