When thinking of landscape photography, what often comes to mind are photographs of mountainsides or desolate beaches, but landscape photography is not limited to the wilderness. With a little preparation and forethought, great landscape photographs can also be taken in urban settings. Here’s a quick primer to get you on the right track.
1. FOREGROUND, MIDDLEGROUND, AND BACKGROUND
Treat urban landscape photography just like you would traditional landscape photography. You need to think about how a viewer’s eyes will flow through a scene, and the eyes often flow best when there is a clear foreground, middleground, and background. A landscape photographer will find an incredible background and then survey the area for a complementary foreground. Do this same thing in the city and don’t focus solely on the incredible architecture in the background. In the photo above, notice how the eyes start on the flower urn, are brought into the scene by the middleground of Bow Bridge and then end up in the background of the trees and building.
2. MAKE EVERYDAY OBJECTS BEAUTIFUL
In traditional landscape photography maybe it’s a flower, a river, a tree, or a mountain that gives a photograph its primary interest. In urban landscape photography, it’s not only about buildings. Figure out ways to make advertisements, textures, graffiti, soda cans, shop windows, cars, and umbrellas beautiful. There are an incredible amount of objects that can be captured in this way, and if you think of them in the same way that you might think about capturing streams or flowers, then you open yourself up to a whole new world of beautiful content to photograph.