If you're looking for cool cityscapes and beautiful photos to show your friends, New York is undeniably the place to be. Especially at this time of year, the long days make the entire city so incredibly photogenic.
When not snapping away at those headshots, I love to go out and explore a bit. Here are some things I've learned along the way! They might help you grab that next great image for Instagram.
1. Don't underestimate the power of a sunset on the Hudson
No matter where you are on the Hudson River Park walkway, sunsets over the water can be absolutely phenomenal. If you're on the East River, Brooklyn is illuminated by the sun, leaving Manhattan in the dark. But jump over to the west side and you'll find that everything glows.
2. Don't forget to look up
Being downtown, everything is larger. The grandeur of Manhattan grows with each street you take towards the end of the island. The amazing thing about New York architecture is the way reframes your sense of size. You feel yourself shrink as you walk into this inconceivably large maze of buildings. The magnitude of the skyline coupled with the general beauty of the summer air can give you a perspective like none other.
3. There's more opportunity for night shots, take advantage
Unlike in winter when the evenings are windy and blisteringly cold, summer time lends itself to capturing Manhattan in a wonderfully unique way. No matter when you're here the city glows. So many shots I see of New York, especially of people visiting the city, are day shots. This makes sense, but the atmosphere of Manhattan changes completely once the sun sets. With a warm summer breeze, why not head out of time square (which is bright as day no matter what time you're there) and really capture some of that atmosphere? Give it a go, I promise you won't be disappointed.
Do you have any tips for photographing cities? Let us know with a comment or tweet us @mjbhomeent!
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