This week’s photo challenge is guest hosted by Terence S. Jones of A Guy With a Camera. Read on for…
This week’s photo challenge is guest hosted by Terence S. Jones of A Guy With a Camera. Read on for more about this week’s theme and his photography tips!
Urban. The idea behind urban photography is to photograph your city and the streets where you grew up as they are. Unlike the photoshopped pictures to which we are accustomed nowadays, urban photography presents a more direct, unaltered view of life. It is about documenting urban living space and how people adapt their environment to certain needs and vice versa. Urban photography shots provide cultural, social, economical, and ecological context all at once, and can capture social tension.
Think of urban photography as a complement to street photography—it provides the context in which street photography unfolds.
Share a photo that means URBAN to you!
Tip: You do not need any fancy gear. I often use a point-and-shoot camera for my urban photography. Seeing is the key here: focus on what you see, what objects you find—discarded belongings on the street, satellite dishes on a building, shoes on a wire—and what they suggest about the people living there. You might develop a better eye if you revisit a place several times. Pick a time of day when people are back from work and on the streets. Also, consider using the “exposure compensation” (or putting the camera in manual mode) to deal with strong backlight in order to balance darker streets with a lighter sky.
Terence S. Jones is an Atlanta-based photographer. Check out his blog, Terence S. Jones Photography – A Guy With a Camera. There, you will find regular updates and current projects as well as other photography-related topics. You can follow him on Facebook and Twitter.
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