Taking your DSLR out for a photo shoot in the city can be a very rewarding experience, 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 different types of city photography. Here, we list some of the most popular city subjects, and what lenses will work well for shooting them.
Buildings from ground level -
Shooting buildings from ground level looking up can make them look imposing 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 will make the buildings look like they are looming over and leaning towards you. This isn't an effect that'll be to everyone's taste but is well-worth experimenting with.
Buildings from up high -
Shooting buildings from a vantage point can give great opportunities 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
will 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 street 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 versatile 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 angle 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 noticed by your subjects.
Close ups of structures
- The city provides lots of opportunity for close up and macro photos of architectural structures, abstracts 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.
Night time/light trail photography -
The city provides excellent opportunities for night time and slow shutter speed photographs. For this you'll need 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 choosing 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.