Here are a few points to keep in mind when taking the photographs:
- The right camera settings on both SLRs and Compact Cameras
- If allowed, use a tripod. Keep in mind that many places will not allow the use of tripods.
- Plan where to take the High Street photographs.
- Time - is it a day time shot, or a night shot.
- Think about composition, how to include people in the photograph, leading lines, colour, close-ups etc.
- 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.
- 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. Photograph the High Street at light to capture movement and lights.
3. Photograph interesting shop signs
This photograph was taken in Leicester
4. Photograph buildings
|Building on the High Street|
5. Photograph interesting structures on the High Street
6. Photograph events happening on the High Street. Olympic torch relay - Basingstoke 2012 (below image was taken with a compact camera)
7. Move closer to your subject and focus on the detail, either on shop windows, signs or shadows
Hope this articles assists you in taking better and interesting photographs of the High Street. A High Street could be anywhere!