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Urban Photography Ideas & Inspiration
Urban photography is a genre of photography concerned with capturing scenes from urban spaces, such as towns and other ecological spaces. It has become more popular over the years as the world has become more urbanized. It is an interdisciplinary study which links to landscape and street photography.
7 Urban Photography Ideas
- Shape, patterns and colours repeating
An urban photoshoot idea that often gets overlooked is recurring themes, these could be colour or architectural patterns. Take more time looking at urban landscapes and searching for those hidden details, they’ll reveal themselves sooner or later.
- Low angles
You can get quite creative with this type of urban photography idea. Are you willing to feel a bit embarrassed, lying down on a floor to get that shot that no one else is getting?
- Take to the clouds
The urban landscape transforms when you take to high-rises and tall buildings. Or if you want a photo that’s going to blow-up on instagram then think of using a drone to capture the scenes of your city from above.
- Introduce movement
Don’t you find it annoying when people and cars get in the way of photography? Use this to your advantage! Capture the atmosphere of an urban landscape by shooting at peak times. Use a slower shutter speed to snap moving things like cars, busy commuters and city fountains.
- Black & White
Adding black and white filters work well for street photography and cityscapes. It also enables viewers to focus more on the subject and the meaning behind the photo.
Locations take on a different character at night. Places that you thought looked boring in the day, can quickly turn into a great urban photography opportunity.
Can you think of any man-made structures in your local area that have something unique about them? One tip is to look out for buildings with reflective surfaces and sharp angles, as they can create stunning shadow effects and make great photos.
Urban Photography Artists
Check out some of the most popular urban photography artists in this space. You’ll be full of urban photography ideas after scrolling through these feeds.
- Sam Horine – New York City
- Nicanor Garcia – Barcelona
- Anita Tejlgaard – Copenhagen
- Hiroaki Fukuda – Tokyo
- Chris Connolly – New York City
Sam, an NYC photographer gives you a taste of many different US cities, showing you their grand structures and impressive infrastructure
Nicanor has everyone’s eyes on his feed, with his hair-raising stories & feed. Displaying exquisite city architecture and scenery from all over the world.
Reflections game | Juego de reflejos #nicanorgarcia #travelarchitectures The architecture in the Faroe Islands is simple and charming. There are no tall buildings and the houses are located on the slopes of the mountains, giving the scale of the landscape, or on the coast as in the capital of the islands, Tórshavn.
Anita is an urban storyteller who crafts her stories by contrasting humans against city structures, to create surreal cityscape pictures.
Ladder _ Love when a work meeting takes me places like this. Today network meeting for the local tourist informations of Copenhagen took us by the National Gallery in Copenhagen. #stairwalkers #tv_pointofview #jj_mobilephotography #cphpicks #wonderfulcopenhagen #woco #smk #statensmuseumforkunst #voreskbh #mitkbh #sharingcph #shotoniphone #iphonex
Hiroaki an urban photographer based in Tokyo, leaves you wanting more and more. With his photos of hidden city gems and use of light in his astonishing shots.
Chris a travel and urban photography enthusiast allows his creativity to flow seamlessly through his feed. With magnificent landscape views to photos with deeper meanings.