Travel Photography Tips
Next time you're travelling in a big city, try to make time to visit the modern district. These areas are usually filled with high-design buildings that provide great photo opportunities.
In Lisbon, the modern part of the city is called "Parque das Nações" (Nations Park), which was completely rebuild for the 1998 Lisbon World Exposition took place.
Anyway, no matter where you are, these five tips will help you to achieve creative shots of buildings:
- Use lead-in lines - Lead-in lines can be used to effectively draw the viewer’s attention towards a subject. Roads, walls and pathways are all good examples of this and can be found in abundance within most cities.
- Zoom in on details - It’s often all too tempting to try to capture the entire building within a shot. For a change of pace, use a telephoto lens to zoom in and pick out interesting areas of fine detail, colour and shape for striking abstract shots.
- Make use of reflections - Water features, puddles and metallic surfaces will all create reflections that can be used to your advantage to add symmetry to your shot, or even give you a completely new perspective of your subject.
- Focus on symmetry - This is a common feature within architecture and can be used to your advantage. Look out for symmetrical shapes, lines and patterns on a building’s skeleton to create a natural sense of balance in an image.
- Look up - As humans, we’re naturally inclined to look straight ahead of us, however, it’s not until you start looking up that you discover a whole world of new photographic possibilities. Pointing your camera towards the top of a skyscraper, for example, is a great way to emphasise its towering scale.