When you’re photographing something with the scale of a city, you have to think very carefully about your framing and where you need to go to achieve it.
The art of framing is about controlling what appears in your photos and removing what you don’t want. Many photographers focus on symmetry and common themes within their city skyline photos. “You want everything to fall in line,” says Santiago. “You don’t want unevenness in your frame.”
Think about lines and shapes present in the photo and how they work well together. The great thing about cities is that if you don’t like what you have, wait five minutes, and thanks to vehicles and people moving and light changing, you’ll have a different composition.
Framing is what you see behind the lens, while vantage point is determined by where you place the camera. Depending on where you position yourself, you’ll see different perspectives, angles, and vistas within the city. Here are some examples of vantage points:
- On top of a bridge looking down
- Street level, looking up at the sky
- The top of a building, looking at the horizon
Any one of those vantage points will offer a different perspective and a different frame, which is where a photographer can really start to sing.