Cap­tur­ing cityscapes

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IF you take the time to look at the city you live in or the ones you’re vis­it­ing from a pho­tog­ra­pher’s view­point, you’ll be sur­prised at the images you can cap­ture. The most im­por­tant thing when cap­tur­ing a cityscape is lo­ca­tion. Ac­tu­ally, you need to look be­yond what oth­ers see.

Train your eyes and try to look from dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives, such as from an el­e­vated point, a rooftop, tower, low an­gle street level, etc.

It is good to have a wide-an­gle lens or a fish­eye lens to shoot that unique per­spec­tive.As cities are nat­u­rally more beau­ti­ful and out­stand­ing at night, be sure to use a tri­pod when shoot­ing after dark. This is to en­sure that your pic­tures will not turn out blurry.

As for cam­era set­tings, if you shoot in broad day­light, use lower ISOs like 100 or 200 and set the aper­ture to F/5.6 and above in both man­ual or aper­ture pri­or­ity modes.

For night shots, it’s ad­vis­able to use man­ual mode so that you can ad­just the shut­ter speed, ISO, as well as aper­ture ac­cord­ingly.

Here are some sam­ples of cityscape pic­tures and how to shoot them.

A fish­eye lens was used to take this photo from a nearby build­ing fac­ing KLCC. Cam­era is mounted on a tri­pod. Cam­era set­ting — ISO 100, F/16, 10 sec­onds ex­po­sure.

A ma­jes­tic view taken from The Peak area. Cam­era is mounted on a tri­pod. Cam­era set­ting — ISO 160, F/14, 13 sec­onds ex­po­sure.

A low fish­eye view of the Ginza shop­ping district in Tokyo. Cam­era is mounted on a tri­pod. Cam­era set­ting — ISO 100, F/16, 3 sec­onds ex­po­sure.

This top-down view of sky­scrapers in New York was taken from the ob­ser­va­tion deck of the Em­pire State Build­ing. Cam­era is hand­held. Cam­era set­ting — ISO 200, F/6, 1/600 sec­onds ex­po­sure.

Dra­matic sun rays fall on the dense Tokyo metropoli­tan area dur­ing sun­set. The photo is taken from the ob­ser­va­tion deck of Tokyo Skytree. Cam­era is mounted on a tri­pod. Cam­era set­ting — ISO 500, F/11, 1/320 sec­onds ex­po­sure.

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