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The Key to Better Photos of Beautiful Buildings and Architecture

It can be surprisingly hard to get a decent shot of expansive buildings or architecture. Maybe there are tourists in your photo or your lens isn’t wide enough or your picture just won’t do the scene justice. For a better shot, focus on detail instead of the big picture.

Over at PhotographyLife, photographer Marc Belciug explains his own experience with this during a recent trip to Casa Mila in Barcelona. Belciug were too many tourists in the shot and he couldn’t fit everything into frame. His photos still look good, but he took amazing photos when he learned to separate specific parts of the work as a whole:

While I realized that photographing Gaudi’s work in its full content will be impossible, I decided to start separating the intricate and exclusive aspects of his work in such a manner that one would appreciate the separate pieces, just as much as the whole…

In conclusion, it is quite hard to photograph places that are renowned for their architecture without having people in your frame or any other distractions such as a modern fence. However, my own takeaway was that if you can’t be the first one to arrive at the desired photographic location, then concentrating on the details is just as important and can be just as creative and satisfying.

In other words, instead of trying to get the entire scene in the shot, just focus on one beautiful, smaller detail. Of course, this tip makes for an entirely different kind of photo. However, it’s useful if you’re just trying to get a cool picture of a place overall. It’s also useful for iconic spots—almost any photo of Stonehenge or the Sydney Opera House is going to be beautiful, but if you want something different, try focusing on detail.

For more tips, head to the full post at the link below.

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Follow the f/8 Rule to Shoot Excellent Street Photos on the Go

Your camera’s manual exposure settings can be complicated. Rules of thumb are useful for figuring out the right settings to go with. For example, if you’re out and about taking street photos, use the f/8 rule for your camera’s aperture.

Your camera’s aperture controls how much light it lets in and it’s size is measured in f-stops. The wider the aperture, the more light it allows in and, obviously, a narrower aperture lets in less light. This can affect the sharpness of your photo, and for street photography, f/8 is a good go-to setting. How-To Geek explains why:

For the camera settings, we once again turn to the always reliable aperture priority modeArthur “Weegee” Fellig famously said—at least supposedly—that the secret to good street photography was “f/8 and be there.” In other words, if your aperture is set to f/8, all that’s required from you is to be in the right location to press the shutter button and you’ll capture almost any moment. It’s just up to you to find the moments and locations worth capturing.

This aperture ensures pretty much anything will be in focus and properly exposed when you’re ready to shoot, so it’s a good setting for on-the-go photography. They also recommend setting the ISO to around 400. For more tips on how to take good photos on the go, head to the full post at the link below.