What is urban exploration (urbex) photography?

Learn more about the art of urbex photography and some best practices for (safely) finding beauty in the breakdown.

If you’re someone who finds beauty in decay, then urban exploration photography may be right up your alley. Also known as urbex, this emerging field captures images of derelict buildings or abandoned properties in their various stages of decay. Let’s explore what you need to know.

Delve into history with urbex photography.

As a photographer, it can be thrilling to explore a piece of the past — that’s what urbex is all about. Yet, exciting as it may be, it can also be dangerous. Before you set out on any urbex photoshoot, you’ll want to keep these tips in mind:

If the thought of urbex excites your creativity, start by compiling a list of interesting locations. Use each adventure as an opportunity to play with different lenses, experiment with new techniques, or simply explore new (old) places — you never know what you might find.

Discover everything you can do with Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom to help shine a new light on old places.