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Travel Photo Tips: 3 Unique Ways to Photograph a New City

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As you may have seen in my Tips for Capturing the Heart of a City in Photos post, I have made it a goal this year to really try to master the camera when I’m traveling. I started out in the first post by showing ways to make the city come alive in your photographs through candid moments with people. Now I will get a bit more technical. These 3 Unique Ways to Photograph a New City are all about changing your perspective and challenging yourself to explore your creativity, with the hopes that you’ll surprise yourself with a beautiful and totally unique shot. Let’s get started …

1. Change Up Your Cityscapes

Cityscape photos are great to look back on, but since we see them so often in pictures they can easily be glanced over. One way to change up your cityscape is to look for interesting objects you can have in the foreground — a pretty plant, kids racing by, boats on the water, etc. These can put a unique spin on the classic city photos we usually see.

2. Get a New Perspective on Famous Places

With digital cameras, it’s easy to take a million photos of a famous landmark, but the hard part is challenging yourself to put a new spin on it. Get the classic photo you want of that famous place, and then look around to find a creative way to change it up. The reflection of it in a pool of water could be just what you’re looking for. You can also try peeking the camera through tree branches for a new perspective. Don’t be afraid to try something new. If you hate it, you can always delete it.

3. Step Into the Action

If you haven’t played around with the manual settings on your camera yet, take this opportunity to try. When you want to capture the fast pace of the city, start by setting your camera to 1/1000 of a second. This is a faster shutter speed, which can freeze the cars passing by, or the crowds of people walking. Now that you have your settings down, walk around the city and when you feel a rush of people moving by you, stop in the middle, and start clicking away. Putting yourself right in the middle of the hustle and bustle can take you out of your comfort zone to capture something completely new.

 

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Jaime Morrison Curtis is author of the bestselling book Prudent Advice: Lessons for My Baby Daughter (A Life List for Every Woman), follow up fill-in journal My Prudent Advice, and founding co-editor at Pretty Prudent, the premier design and lifestyle blog providing inspiration and instruction to help anyone create beautiful things, food, and experiences for their friends and family. Follow Jaime on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and YouTube.

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