Monday, 3 July 2017

Simple steps to take great High Street Photographs

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. Photograph the High Street at light to capture movement and lights.

2. Photograph people on the High Street to capture mood and emotions, choose wide angle to shoot the whole high street.

3. Photograph interesting shop signs
This photograph was taken in Leicester

Shop sign

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!

Bhupinder Ghatahora
Ghatahora Photography