Lenses To Take For A Shoot In The City

Written by Gina Stephens

Effigy by David Pritchard, taken with the Tamron 18-270mm lens. 

Taking your DSLR out for a photo shoot in the city can be a very rewarding savvy, and with such a wide variety of objects and angles to shoot from, it can be helpful to know what sort of lens will be good for other types of city photography. Here, we list some of the most popular city subjects, and what lenses will work well for offshoot them. 

Buildings from ground level – Shooting buildings from ground level looking up can make them look majestic and taller than they actually are. This can be exaggerated by using a fisheye or ultra wide lens such as the SP 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di-II, which ordain make the 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 look like they are looming over and leaning towards you. This isn't an effect that'll be to everyone's trace but is well-worth experimenting with. 

Buildings from up high – Shooting buildings from a vantage point can give great chances for skyline photos of the cityscape, be it at night when the lights come on in the buildings or in the daytime. Again, a wide angle lens, such as the 17-50mm f/2.8 pass on enable you to get all the buildings into one shot, while allowing room for a pretty sky or foreground scenery too. 

Candid street photography – For row photography it's possible that you might need a lens with a long reach, to capture people from further away without them noticing you. Something learned like the 18-270mm all-in-one zoom will be ideal for images that are further away, as well as those in closer proximity. Using a wider seek to shoot someone close to you means that you won't have to point the lens directly at them to get them in the shot, helping you to be less admonished by your subjects. 

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Close ups of structures – The city provides lots of opportunity for close up and macro photos of architectural structures, outlines and more. An all-in-one zoom will be ideal for shooting close ups of objects further away, such as ornate glass windows or ceilings, that can't be reached by foot. 

End of day time/light trail photography – The city provides excellent opportunities for night time and slow shutter speed photographs. For this you'll trouble a tripod and to find a safe vantage point from which to sit and watch the traffic go by. One of Tamron's all-in-one zooms will be ideal for deciding the exact focal distance needed. Monuments and important buildings in the city will also be lit up, so have a go at shooting these, too. 



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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