Cities are vibrant, colorful and multi-textured, and a good way to capture this colour and texture is to seek out and photograph street art…
Approaching the shot
Finding suitable subjects is half the battle when looking for signs and graffiti, but once you’ve found them the viewpoint is the main decision you have to make.
The main factor in this is the background – if there is a suitable backdrop you can shoot along the street, to include the surroundings.
The alternative approach, especially if the surroundings aren’t photogenic, is to shoot the subject head-on.
A standard 35mm or 50mm lens is great for shooting signs and graffiti. These tend to offer a wide maximum aperture for isolating different areas of the image (by blurring out foreground and background) and also have very little distortion, so that areas at the edges of the image remain straight, rather than curved.
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