Photography In The City
For a photographer, the city is a giant playground, which provides endless fun and opportunities to be had with a camera! And what people often find even more surprising is that you really do not have to venture far to find lots of photo opportunities!
Colours In The City
Make a point of taking yourself into your nearest City, where I challenge you to go hunting for colours! It sounds slightly difficult at first, but I am certain that you will be amazed at just how many colours a City has to offer when you go looking specifically. Look for contrasting colours this will not only make your images interesting in colour, but will enhance your photography when it is converted to black and white!
Patterns In The City
Patterns are absolutely everywhere, you just have to look for them. The easiest way to look for patterns I find, is to disengage your recognition of everything around you and start looking for lines. Lines that travel horizontally, vertically and diagonally. Explore the lines and patterns that the architecture of the City has to offer and study them – where do they lead, where do they cross and do they repeat themselves?
Reflections In The City
Reflections offer the photographer with so much creativity! Just like patterns and colours, the city is absolutely littered with hundreds of reflections. Every puddle, Every metal surface, every single car (unless the owner is so lazy that they have never cleaned it), every single window window! They all posses reflections!
People In The City (Street Photography)
People in the city are fascinating subjects to take photographs of! Now I know that some people may feel uncomfortable taking photographs of strangers walking around in the streets.
One thing that might help building confidence taking photographs of people in the street is to start by taking photographs of Buskers. Buskers are normally totally fine with their photographs being taken, which provides great opportunities to build confidence taking candid photographs in the street. As a gesture of appreciation for being a good sport, if I take a photograph of a busker I ALWAYS offer them some loose change.
One of the things that I look out for when I am taking candid photography, is interaction! Whether the it be the subject interacting with another person, or even an object, looking for interactions help to build up stories in your photography!