Photographing Interesting Shops
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Quick Tips On Capturing Shops With Character - Get away from the High Street and there's still a chance you can find stores with interesting frames and quirky displays to photograph.
As you may be hunting for a while take your standard zoom along to stop you lugging 10kg of lenses with you and carry a monopod instead of a tripod as it's easier to keep on the move. You may get glare and unwanted reflections off the shop windows so pack an ND or polarising filter and keep your bag size to a minimum so you don't get in the way or look like you're carrying lots of expensive kit.
When you find your quirky shop it's polite to ask whoever is working in the store if they mind you taking a few photographs. That's unless you are somewhere such as Camden where the shop owners are used to tourists with cameras by now. If the whole shop's worth photographing stand back on the other side of the street and get it all in frame, just watch out for converging verticals and passes by getting in your shot. It may just be the way the shop sign is written that interests you so fill the frame with the words or look for detail in the window and door frames that make it unique. If the shop sits among a row of other, less interesting stores why not photograph the whole row? A panorama would work well or shooting at a slight angle, focusing mainly on your chosen shop but having the others as background interest. The window displays may be particularly interesting too, but this is something we'll be covering later on in the month.
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