The N-Photo experts say…
Pack a Tripod
To nail your composition, take a tripod with you. If you find it tricky to carry lots of gear, invest in a lightweight tripod made from aluminium or carbon fibre. Mounting your Nikon on a tripod leaves both hands free to manipulate the framing and settle on one fixed position.
Set Aperture Priority mode so you can decide on the depth of field. When your subjects are static, like these structures, shutter speed doesn’t matter as much, so you can be as fierce with your aperture as you like. Go for a narrow aperture such as f/16 to increase the depth of field.
Think about the visual weight in your images. If there’s a dark section on the left of your frame, do you want a light section to the right? Your eye is drawn to the brightest part of a photo, so ask yourself if the tonal balance of your photo is keeping the eye inside the frame.
Try Going Mono
Giorgio’s use of black and white is purposeful. By making the more complex image monochromatic, he places focus on the texture rather than any particular subject in the photo. Monochrome doesn’t just mean black and white, though – it means ‘one colour’ – so experiment.