Going on a city break is a great opportunity to practice your photography skills. With bustling streets, magnificent landmarks and cultural idiosyncrasies that change from city to city, a keen photographer can get unique and stunning shots that no-one else has spotted before, and gain some valuable first-hand insights into the genres of street, architecture and travel photography. Here are top tips and tricks to help you take full advantage of all the photo opportunities on your urban holiday.
Walking is the best way to get to know a city but it also means you’ll have to travel with the minimum of kit. It’s best to stick to just a few basic items that you can store in a lightweight camera bag, such as:
- A compact camera, for example the Canon PowerShot SX740 HS
- Spare batteries
- Spare, formatted memory cards
- A mobile device, to share your pictures on the go
- A lens cloth
And finally, make sure you’re wearing a comfortable pair of walking shoes and have a bottle of water in your bag, as you’re likely to be on your feet for several hours.
A bit of image research before your trip will alert you to a city’s most popular photo spots and give you an idea of which areas have yet to be explored by every tourist with a camera, giving you the opportunity to get your own unique shots.
Before you set off, search through photo sharing sites to see which locations are popular and which are neglected. It is also a good idea to make sure you know exactly what the weather and light will be like at the time of your visit, so you can plan accordingly.
To help with your research, why not check if the city you are going to is featured in the City Stories section on Canon Photo Companion app? Get inspired by galleries of amazing images from experienced photographers from around the world, accompanied by advice, travel tales, a map location and a breakdown of the shooting settings they used for each shot. With over 15 cities to choose from, it’s an easily accessible source of information before and during your trip.