Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Highstreet Photography

Taking photographs of the High Street is one of my favourite subjects, simply because its fun and easy to capture the mood.

Here are a few points to keep in mind when taking the photographs:

  1. The right camera settings on both SLRs and Compact Cameras
  2. If allowed, use a tripod. Keep in mind that many places will not allow the use of tripods.
  3. Plan where to take the High Street photographs.
  4. Time - is it a day time shot, or a night shot. 
  5. Think about composition, how to include people in the photograph, leading lines, colour, close-ups etc
  6. Exposure - if taking photographs at night, it's always best to over and under expose the shot by 0.3. (use this as a guide only, adjust according to your image) Every camera will have a '-+' symbol.
  7. Final finished image — before I take any photographs, I always think about how I want the final finished image to look. If it's going to be in colour, sepia, b/w or do I need to add noise/gain in the final image to create the mood and atmosphere.
Settings for Compact Cameras

Use 'Landscape' Mode (it will give you the maximum depth of field)

Use 'Sunset', 'Fireworks', 'Night' Modes (every camera is different, please check your camera manual to see which mode gives a slow shutter speed. Use these as a guidance only)

Set SLR cameras on either Aperture Mode or Shutter Mode.

Here are some photographs of High Street Photography

1. This photograph was taken on fully 'Manual' using a tripod. Using a slow shutter speed has created movement of the people walking around in the frame. Photograph taken in Singapore, Sentosa Island.

2. Image taken on 'Manual' mode - Sentosa Island, Singapore

3. Photograph outside a shopping mall in Bangkok, local people offering flowers and fruits at the temples made outside the malls.

4. Bangkok - people praying outside the shopping mall

5. Lunch time rush hour in Singapore

6. Tall buildings - Singapore

7. Olympic torch relay - Basingstoke 2012 (below image was taken with a compact camera)

8. Newquay, Cornwall High Street - the image below was taken using a compact camera, which was set on 'Night' Mode. The image had a slight camera shake, so I have added extra noise at post production, simply because I was using the camera without a tripod. The colour of the image has also be changed in post production.

9. Take close-ups of structures on the High Street. (close-up photograph of the shadow)

10. Clock tower outside Sainsbury's

Hope this articles assists you in taking better and interesting photographs of the High Street. A High Street could be anywhere!

Other useful articles to read are:

  1. Morning & Night Photography (some camera settings will apply to the High Street Photography)
  2. Understanding your camera modes (useful to read if using compact cameras or semi-automatic modes on some cameras) 
  3. Apertures 
  4. How to photograph smoke (in this article there is a brief explanation shutters, it will be useful if you wish to capture movement)

Bhupinder Ghatahora