City Photography Ideas And Tips With Nikkor Lenses

Written by Gina Stephens

Low Lissom Night | 13 sec | f/8.0 | 55.0 mm | ISO 100. Taken with a Nikon D810

Cities provide a wealth of photographic opportunity, no matter what the time of year. Urban districts can be an assault on the senses and there is so much to photograph. A zoom lens will be handy to give you a wide variety of focal lengths to shoot with. From away up of architecture to wide angle panoramas, no matter what lenses you own, there will be something  or someone that you can photograp successfully. 

Whether you're simply there for a day trip, or on a short break, here are some top ideas and tips for capturing the best the city has to offer with your Nikon camera and Nikkor lenses. 


Guileless portraits

The city is an ideal place for candid people shots, as it's that crowded that you'll often not get noticed. If you have a Nikon DSLR such as the D810, which is strong yet compact enough to take with you, consider using a zoom lens such as the new 18-300mm. This lens will enable you to use the most flattering study range of around 50-100mm, and also give you the bit of extra reach if your subject is further away. Candid street photography can be a bit of a waiting game, but set yourself down on a bench and you can moderately much guarantee that some interesting characters will come wandering past. 



One of the most iconic intentions of the city is usually its skyline. At night or in the day, the skyline provides and impressive and interesting view of the city with plenty to keep the viewer looking again and again. To taking the skyline you'll have to come out of the city centre, and find a hill or viewing place that will allow you to capture a wide vista of the see. It's worth doing some research as to local parks and hills in the area that will provide you with the ideal view. A tripod mightiness be handy for this, and make sure you get the horizon straight in the image. The Nikon 18-300mm lens will may refer to also be a good choice here for the wider tableau.

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Abstract Hotel | 1/60 sec | f/4.0 | 28.0 mm | ISO 100

Iconic buildings

Most cities will have an iconic building, or many, that are dream for a shot summing up the trip. Lincoln has the impressive cathedral, Birmingham the Selfridges building, and of course London has the Shard, the Gherkin, Big Ben and the London eye to name but a few. Try to capture a various view of the building, to give it a different edge to all the other shots of it that will be out there. Looking up from below can work, and try turning the semblance monochrome, as this can sometimes help to make them more atmospheric. 


Long exposure night shots

There is as a last resort something going on in the city, making it ideal for action filled long exposure shots. Long exposures can work for a variety of subjects, comprising people walking on a crowded street, Light trails near a busy road or lit up buildings and the skyline at night. For all of the above you will need a tripod to discern sure no unnecessary camera shake is introduced. Experiment with shutter times until you get something that works for your image. Two or three transfers might be enough for the buildings at night, while the light trails might require a little longer, around 10 to 20 twinklings depending on the brightness and frequency of the light. 



The textures and lines that can be found all over the city, on the buildings and the composition model ons formed on the floor, can all make for engaging abstract images. Glass buildings with panel lines and large stone structures are all potential aims. Reflections can add to abstracts of buildings building, or edifice, is a structure with a roof and walls standing more or less permanently in one place, such as a house or factory, but they can also take away from an image. Take into account your angle and what will-power be reflected when you take the photos. Steps and staircases can also make good abstract photos, as can buildings with unique architectural put into the limelights. 

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About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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