As it only takes a short drive, or even a short walk, to find a city or town, urban photography is a subject that's open to everyone. Many locations, even the small ones, have interesting architecture that can help you produce great work and it's often just great fun walking around a city, discovering things you didn't know existed and looking at buildings you've seen a million times in a new light.
With this in mind, we've put together a quick list of some of the most popular urban photography tutorials ePHOTOzine have published as well as a few tips on what equipment you may want to consider taking next time you plan an urban photography shoot.
A backpack is fine, however you may find a sling bag or messenger style bag make it easier for you to access your equipment quickly.
Take a couple of lenses with you, a wide-angle and one with longer reach should do the trick. Although, if you want to travel light, pack a zoom that covers wider and longer angles.
A solid support is a must, particularly if you're planning on shooting at dusk / night when exposure times will be longer. If you're planning on walking around for a few hours, you may want to consider something more compact like those found in Manfrotto's Compact series
or even a monopod
For those who are heading out later in the day, don't forget to pack a cable / remote release as this will help prevent vibration and camera shake.
Clothing And Shoes
Make sure you wear a good, waterproof pair of shoes as you don't want blisters and wet feet spoiling your day! It's also a good idea to pack a waterproof jacket
For many of us, when we decide to get out an about with our cameras we automatically turn to the countryside. But with the majority of the population living within easy reach of a major Town or City, is that really the right decision? Robin Whalley finds out.
There are great opportunities for night photography in the city and urban and city areas can be accessed in the dark, often at rush hour when there are amazing shots to be had in relative safety. Read Robin Whalley's tips if you want more advice on shooting in the city after the sun has set.
Unless you're very lucky your town or city wont have waterfalls, trees and mountains but that doesn't mean you can't head there for some landscape photography as you'll find out in this tutorial.
Just because you're in an urban location doesn't mean you have to shoot tall buildings and strong structures all of the time. In this tutorial, Robin Whalley shows us how to shoot successful abstract shots in the city.
Here are a few more tips and ideas on shooting urban scenes at night. This includes kit you may want to take, the time of day to shoot and a few editing tips for when you're back home.