The N-Photo ex­perts say…

Cities are crammed with sub­jects. Get shots that stand out

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seek the bor­ing

A photo is only as in­ter­est­ing as the sub­ject, so look for the un­usual, but also ex­plore the mun­dane – why do our eyes pass by it so eas­ily? What’s bor­ing about it? Maybe you can con­cen­trate on a de­tail no one else has spot­ted.

Keep it steady

Pop your cam­era on a tri­pod – it’s clear from Michael’s long-ex­po­sure shot of the car park that he’s al­ready do­ing that, as it’s sharp in all the right places. A tri­pod also al­lows you to ex­per­i­ment with long ex­po­sures, too.

cap­ture clouds

Long ex­po­sures are great. If you can, wait to shoot on a day when the sky is scat­tered with puffy cu­mu­lo­stra­tus or al­tocu­mu­lus (mack­erel clouds) clouds. High winds help cre­ate streaks as the clouds move across the sky.

try a new lens

As well as us­ing a widean­gle lens to cap­ture the scale of a build­ing, try switch­ing to a tele­photo zoom to iso­late de­tails and geo­met­ric pat­terns. Longer lenses can also be used to make a cityscape ap­pear more densely packed.

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