With knowledge of your surroundings, some creative thinking, and a dose of patience, you can create evocative imagery that tells a story and is beautiful.
➲ 01: KNOW YOUR SURROUNDINGS
By knowing what’s around you, you can anticipate good pictures and be ready when they happen. If some threatening storm clouds look like they’re about to dump some rain, where could you go to capture people scurrying for shelter and illustrate this effectively? Perhaps a balcony overlooking a busy street or a pedestrian tunnel people might shelter in?
Being comfortable in a place usually necessitates having visited it before and knowing your way around. If you aren’t comfortable, chances are you probably haven’t spent enough time to know the ins and outs of the place.
To know your surroundings, you should also regularly explore the area to find places you haven’t discovered yet. This will allow you to better your navigation abilities while also presenting new territory to cover and document.
➲ 02: REVISIT FAMILIAR SPOTS
Know that one place where the drainage isn’t very sufficient that always seems to flood when you’re on your way to work? Draw inspiration from everyday situations and use what you know to creatively breathe new life into them. For example, instead of passing the flooded sidewalk en route to work, see if you can capture a jogger splashing through the water or pedestrians’ reflections as they tiptoe around the area.
➲ 03: BE PATIENT
Once you have identified scenes that you can use creatively, sometimes all it takes is 15 or 20 minutes for someone to walk by and accomplish your artistic vision.
Try not to get distracted by using your phone or doing other tasks while you wait. You’ll likely become too absorbed and miss your shot.