URBAN LANDSCAPES


SYLLABUS

Crash Course: Urban Landscapes

 

1. Basics

What is an Urban Landscape?

Principles of Light and Shadow

  • Highlights / Midtones / Shadows
  • Contrast Range and Tonality

 

2. Composition techniques

Angle
Texture
Form
Reflection
Rhythm
Repetition
Rule of Thirds

Perspective

  • One-point
  • Two-point
  • Height: street-level, elevated, low camera point up
  • Overlap
  • Lenses at different focal lengths
    • Normal = perspective similar to how the eye sees
    • Wide angle = expanded perspective (objects seem farther apart)
    • Telephoto = compressed perspective (objects seem closer together)

 

 

3. Outdoor Shoot Challenge 

The city is teeming with opportunities so make the most of yours!  Tell a story in 3 images that explores the urban environment using up to 3 composition techniques listed above.  
Ask yourself: what is the tone of the story?  What are the primary elements of the scene?  How can I photograph these scenes in a way that feels fresh?

  • If using an smartphone, upload to Instagram with the hashtag #bkcurbanlandscapes
  • If using a DSLR or mirrorless camera, you can return to the activity tent for feedback

 

Noteworthy Photographers

Alfred Stieglitz

Bernice Abbott

Reinhardt Wolf

Lee Friedlander

Robert Frank

Garry Winogrand

Dan Borg