How to shoot urban landscape

Urban landscape is taking photographs of something urban.

I find it fascinating to photograph the urban environment because to me, urban landscape offer a critique, or a reflection on society. It’s a way to capture the fake environment that humans have created.

I like to shoot urban landscape because is the best way to capture loneliness and it’s the best way to not capture those ‘decisive moments’.

Southern Italy, 2018

I personally love empty car parks, empty shops, empty streets. It’s like the world was struck by an apocalypse and nobody is on earth, only a human being with a camera.

Shooting urban landscape is a way to capture the banality of a man-made world, I think that this is why shooting urban landscape is cool: while others are looking by capturing the extraordinary, I’m focused by capturing the banality of everyday life.

Southern Italy, 2017

I live in a small town and sometimes there’s nothing interesting going on, there aren’t many people on the streets. I like to shoot urban landscape because I can shoot it everywhere, even if there aren’t people. 

How to shoot urban landscape

Here are my personal tips on how I shoot urban landscape:

1. Walk a lot

Southern Italy, 2018

When it comes to shot urban landscape I walk a lot, sometimes I walk a lot around the same block to capture it from different perspectives.

By walking a lot I’m able to explore different places, I discovered many places in my town that I didn’t knew before.

Shooting urban landscape is a way to explore different city zones. I become more curious and during my walks I prefer to go without a plan in mind and follow my own curiosity.

2. Capture the feelings of buildings

Hoyerswerda, Germany 2016

An urban landscape needs to have emotions, like a good street photograph.

I like to capture old buildings that are worn down, that are falling down and transmit sadness, desperation, loneliness and solitude.

3. Look for weather conditions

Southern Italy, 2017

Before shooting urban landscape the first thing I do is looking at the weather conditions. Why? Different types of light can change the tones, saturation and intensity of colors in a single image.

For example: when it’s sunny at noon the colors are brilliant and strong; while during golden hour the light is soft, adds more drama with subjects with long shadows. While, when it’s cloudy the light isn’t as strong and colors aren’t brillant.

Personally I prefer to shoot while the light isn’t strong (when the sun goes down) and when it’s cloudy. In this way I’m able to transmit sadness with low saturation pictures.



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