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Photography Tips Techniques For Capturing City Skylines.

A city’s skyline can often be one of the first things people see before they travel to a destination, and can play a big part in a persons travel decisions. Skylines can often be majestic and beautiful, but taking pictures of them isn’t always that easy. Here are photography tips and techniques on the best ways to capture skylines.

Take Pictures from Across Rivers, Canals and Lakes

From across water such as rivers, canals and lakes skylines can often look fantastic, especially at night when the cities lights come on and reflect in the water. Even during the day the view can be good, such as if the water is still and you get mirror like reflections, such as seen below in Amsterdam.

Find High Vantage Points

High vantage points are key for capturing a cities skyline. Most big cities now have viewpoints such as from towers, churches, observation decks and various other landmarks. For example, Stephansdom in Vienna is a church tower providing amazing views of the city (seen below). In Hong Kong you have the famous Victoria Peak View, and in Toronto you have the CN Tower observation deck. You’ll probably find similar viewpoints in many destinations.

I recommend doing your research prior to going on a trip. Look on search engines such as Google for the best viewpoints for your destination and hopefully, people would have made blog posts suggesting them. I have a few on this website: The best viewpoints in Prague and The Best Rooftop Patios and Viewpoints in Vienna as examples of what you may find.

Look out for Hills

Hills can also provide awesome viewpoints of a cities skyline. Hills aren’t in every city, but if photography is something you’re into, then it’s worth having a look online before you visit. Looking on websites such as Google Maps for parks is a good start. Also look on Google Photos and search for pictures of the cities skyline to get ideas and sometimes find some special locations. Example viewpoints on hills that I have been to include Primrose Hill in London, Letna Hill in Prague and Riverdale Park East in Toronto. Hills can also make for nice picnics if you are travelling with someone else.

Go on a Boat Tour

Boat rides are a fun way to see a city from a different perspective. When taking pictures on boats be ready for the best moments, as you may not get the same moment again. Also to ensure you get sharp images you may have to increase your shutter speed and consider having your camera on burst mode. Some boat companies offer sunset tours too, which may be the perfect way to capture a city during the best light.

Take Pictures at Sunrise and Sunset

During sunrise and sunset the sky can produce the most amazing colours. These add certain magic to a cities skyline, and if you use Instagram then you will find that these pictures perform so much better than a mid-day shot. For my techniques on taking pictures at sunrise and sunset head to Photography Tips – Shooting in the Golden Hour.


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