Photo 101 ~ Day Two: Street & Establishing Shots   9 comments

Day Two: Street & Establishing Shots
Yesterday, we asked you to interpret home in your own way: you might have posted an image of a house, the countryside, an entire city skyline, or something else entirely.

Today, let’s focus on a street. It can be a quiet road blanketed in snow, an alley near your apartment covered with murals, or a busy street where pedestrians weave between cars and motorbikes, like this scene from Hanoi, Vietnam:

Photo – not attached here.

To capture your street snapshot, wander your own neighborhood — or explore someplace new!

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Today’s Tip: While you’re free to take a picture from any angle, try to capture an establishing shot: a wide-angle photo that sets up a scene. It might mean moving back some steps, or finding higher ground (like climbing stairs) to fit all of your scene in one shot.

In your wide shot, also think about its basic components: a foreground and a background. The foreground is the part of your scene that’s nearest to the viewer, and where you can place a subject or focal point of your picture. In the image above, the woman balancing the fruit baskets is the subject in my foreground, and the storefronts behind her make up the background.

When we say “wide angle,” we’re generally referring to a type of lens with a short focal length, and its “zoomed out” nature means it can capture more within the frame. But don’t worry about lenses right now! Just know that if you want to take an establishing shot, you’ll want to capture a wide view, rather than close-up view, of what you’re seeing.

Think about these elements as you compose your street shot!
Josh R. and the Team
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My comments:
I took the photograph while crossing the street as I wanted to capture the background with the trees lining the road. The motorcyclist whisked past at a fast speed so I managed to capture half of him. Do I need to crop him out as I wanted the part of tree inside the photograph?

SP Lim

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9 responses to “Photo 101 ~ Day Two: Street & Establishing Shots

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  1. Lovely interpretation of “street”. Interestingly, my gaze is drawn upward, toward the trees.


  2. I love the light in this photo. I don’t think you need to crop him out. He gives a nice kind of diagonal movement to the photo.

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  3. Great shot! i don’t think you need to cut him out. He is adding movement.


  4. Hi, I like him just as he is- I wouldn’t crop him out. Someone said above that he gives a nice sense of movement to the photo- I agree.


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