Do’s and Don’ts – Photography in Public Places

There are several reasons why photographers (not necessary professionals) go around town to take photographs in public places: they want to photograph an interesting building (architecture photography) they want to photograph in the botanical garden or local museum they want to photograph life on the streets (street photography) they want to photograph an interesting event occurring in a public place (photojournalism) they want to photograph a model in a public place background (portrait photography) What is wrong with these reasons? Well, nothing… mostly. But some countries and states have regulations that will prohibit taking photos in certain places. Some rules will state that you cannot shoot any picture at all, while other rules will only state that you are not allowed to use your photography for commercial purposes. Why is it important for you to know if you are allowed to take your photo? – Because if you don’t know, … Read more

How to Shoot Roads in Photography

What do you have in mind when taking pictures on a highway? Maybe the road signs. Yes, it’s a good idea but here I’m not talking about that. Road construction requires the creation of a continuous right-of-way, overcoming geographic obstacles and having grades low enough to permit vehicle or foot travel. This means you will find interesting sinuous shapes of roads. Notice that in most of the cases the road should be free of cars and walkers. Two exceptions are noticeable: the pictures depicting intense city traffic and the night roads when a car leaves behind a rail of light. As for the composition, it’s always a good idea to start the road from a corner of the picture up to the middle or the other corner. In most of the cases it will appear larger in the starting corner and thinner at the end. However, sometimes, when symmetry allows, … Read more

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