Urban photography is often referred to in the same context as street photography but it is perhaps a broader genre that can include anything within a built-up area.
It focuses on the study of objects and elements in urban environments. Whilst this can include people, unlike street photography, urban usually emphasises the surroundings, providing a statement about time and place.
After setting a photography challenge on urban photography in August, five images were shortlisted from the 28 submissions we received.
The shortlist were five very different urban images, utilising different city spaces, subjects, and colours. And here are some top tips for your to consider when heading out to capture some urban photography, that the shortlist demonstrate well.
Great urban photographs don’t need to be black and white.
We love the use of colour in this vibrant shot from Cathy Dupuy. It has great composition and is a really great example of well controlled exposure.
There are countless details to be found out in cities. Always be on the lookout for interesting shapes, backgrounds and foregrounds. And don’t forget the detail in crafting your framing.
This is a really interesting composition from Gareth John Stark. The use of the fencing as the foreground in this shot shows great technique. Capturing a straight horizon would help to give this image even more strength.
Panning is often overlooked as a photography technique but following your subject with your camera, so that they stay in focus but the background is blurry, is a great way to capture motion.
This really interesting action shot from Ian Horne just shows what can be achieved when being in the right place, at the right time. This image has perfect panning technique, creating a real sense of movement.
To create a flow for the viewers eyes to follow, it’s always good to keep the basics of composition in your mind, such as having clear foreground, middle ground, and background.
This image by Mac Oberoi is a fantastic example of an urban landscape. The silhouettes of the buildings in the foreground are striking and frame the Chrysler Building nicely.
People can make fantastic subjects for urban street portraits. Big cities can attract a range of characters within their home environment, leading to some winning images.
Just like this winning image by Stefan Lubomirski de Vaux. As voted by you on Facebook, Stefan’s wonderfully, classic street photo won our urban photography challenge and we can see why.
It captures a moment perfectly, within an urban environment. The composition and black and white is perfect and adds to the whole feel of the shot. Well done Stefan.