16 Top Town & City Photography Ideas To Get The Mind Thinking

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A city or town offers a photographer a plethora of potential photographic subjects, making them a great location for an afternoon, morning or even a whole weekend of photography.

To give you some inspiration next time you’re out in a city with your camera, we’ve put together a list of 16 top photographic subjects you can find in a city / town, plus links to top tutorials that’ll help you perfect your shots of them. But first, let’s take a look at some of the kit you may want to consider taking next time you’re off for a photography walk around a city’s streets.

What Gear Will I Need?

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Of course, you’re going to need a camera and this can be anything from a DSLR to a smaller compact. If you’re planning on taking some shots after the sun has set you may want to consider carrying a support, particularly if you’re going to be capturing light streaks. Do remember that some locations, such as cathedrals and stations, won’t allow you to use a support so do take this into consideration when planning your day.

ND and polarizing filters don’t take up too much space and could come in useful as would also be a variety of lenses if you’re not planning on using a compact camera. Consider taking a wide, tele-zoom and macro lens along if you have room in your camera bag for them. When it comes to bag choices, everyone is different so the best advice we can give you is take a bag that’s comfortable, will hold all the kit you’ll need easily and that’s easy to access. Sling style bags are popular in city locations due to how easy it is to access the kit without having to remove the bag but an everyday backpack will be just as fine.

What Should I Photograph?

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1. You Can’t Ignore Architecture

Buildings, old and new, surround our streets so you can’t really visit a city and don’t shoot some building-themed images. Click the link above for more tips on photographing architecture or visit the technique section to see the full list of architecture photography techniques we have on site.

2. Have A Go At Street Photography

A busy city can be the perfect location to experiment with street portraits, particularly as you can blend into the crowds and shoot from the hip to capture some interesting candids.

3. Photograph A Landmark

Famous landmarks have just one problem – they’re famous which means finding a shot of them which isn’t already on a thousand other cameras can be difficult but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible.

4. Get Up High

One of the simplest ways to change the way your city image looks is to get taller. So climb a mountain, stand on several steps or use a lift to get to the top of a tower to give your images a different perspective.

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5. Capture Shots Of Traffic & Transport

City streets are busy places with buses, cars, cyclists and more getting from A-to-B giving you ample opportunity to get creative with your transport shots.

6. Get Creative And Add Some Light Trails To Your City Shots

Did you wonder how people get car lights to streak through their images? Well click the above link to find the answer.

7. Photograph a church, cathedral or other place of worship

These structures make great subjects for architectural shots but if the weather turns or you want a break from walking along the streets with your camera gear, the inside of these buildings is well worth capturing, too.

8. Visit A ​​Museum

Museums are not only educational and interesting, but they offer plenty of photographic opportunities. Plus, many are free to enter which is always a bonus! Have a look around the outside of the museums too for interesting architectural shots worth capturing.



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9. Search For Interesting Architectural Patterns

Stop looking at buildings as whole structures and focus on the small pockets of interesting patterns and shapes they’re made up of.

10. Capture Reflections In Buildings

Thanks to modern architecture that favors glass and steel over bricks and mortar, cities are full of reflections which give us an alternative way to photograph the places we live in.

11. Photograph A Station

There are several towns and cities that do not have a station and they are fantastic places to take pictures. Interesting architecture, people to capture candids of and close-ups of interesting details are just some of the shots you can capture around these locations.

12. Look For Stairs And Steps

Stairs may sound a little boring but if you start thinking about the materials they’re made from and the shapes and styles that exist, you’ll soon realize there’s plenty of steps to keep you and your camera occupied.

13. Photograph A Bridge

Bridges come in all kinds of shapes and sizes, plus you can capture them from all angles making them a subject you can spend quite a while on.

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14. Spend Some Time By A Canal

Canals were once used to transport goods to towns and cities right across the UK and as a result, there are still plenty of waterways running through our city streets. The long canals, bridges and lock gates that once supplied goods now supply ample photography opportunities and as they all have public walkways, you’re not going to upset anyone if you spend an hour two with your camera on the side of one.

15. Go For A Walk In A Town / City Park

The green spaces found in towns and cities are a haven for many and are a great place to take your camera when you want a break from the busy streets.

16. Capture Shots Of Shop Windows & Signs

Spend some time in your town and capture some interesting images of displays and signs. They’ll be plenty of interesting signs, plus head back out at night and the shop fronts will have a completely different look to them.

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