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Practical Photography Tips For Cities And Towns - David McGirr tells us how we can take successful shots in cities such as Krakow.
To help you capture the magic of cities, here are a few tips on photography in general and more specific tips on photographing Krakow in particular.
Also, take a look at my guide to this year's Krakow Photomonth Festival and my Krakow photography ideas and suggestions article.
1. TripodsIn some locations, tripods are prohibited. Instead, rest the camera against something solid, and use the self-timer function or invest in a smaller support such as a tabletop tripod or pocket support.
2. Photo TicketsSome of the tourist sites, notably Mariacki church and Wieliczka salt mine insist that an additional Photo/Video ticket is purchased, (10zl), this is usually a sticker which should be worn in a conspicuous place to fend off over zealous security staff.
3. No FlashFlash photography is often banned in museums or places of worship. Use a high iso and a slow shutter speed. Take more than one photo in succession as often the 2nd or 3rd shot will be more steady.
4. SafetyKrakow is a very safe city, indeed it could be considered to be safer and less prone to street crime than many other European cities. The usual common sense precautions should be applied such as never leaving your kit unattended and whilst it is easy to get caught up in the moment when looking through the camera you should always be aware of your surroundings if venturing out at night in less busy areas,
5. Photographing The LocalsBe polite and respectful. Don’t be the pushy tourist with a camera. Some people, usually the older generation are less keen at being photographed.
Stairs In Krakow.
6. Tell A StoryTake an interest in the person and what they do, that way they are more likely to look beyond the camera and be more open to being photographed, giving you a more relaxed and natural subject.
7. ExploreKrakow is a wonderfully evocative city. Stray off the beaten track, wander down alley’s into passageways and hidden courtyards which often reveal a rewarding surprise.
8. WeatherDon’t be afraid of bad weather, the light reflecting off rain soaked cobbled streets can look wonderful.
9. Get In Close And Look UpCapture the detail in the architecture, the old glass street numbers, ornate portals and stonework.
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