13. City light street photography

In this chapter Karl and the team are in New York and are taking a moment to set up a quick photo of the sun bouncing off some iconic New York skyscrapers. With a bit of motion blur and some nice detail this is a simple and easy set up that anyone can recreate. Hopefully this chapter can bring you inspiration of how you can create street photography style images with minimal setup.

NOTE: This photography class is available with English subtitles.


  1. Karl, do you mind in high contrast areas such as this, the exposure sometimes blowing out to retain the feel of the image? I guess here you had a choice of losing a bit of darkest shadow area over capturing the highlights as a grad was not possible to equalise the dynamic range of available light.

    1. Hi Chris, yes with all my work I make my decisions based on visual aesthetics and consider what can or cannot be recovered after. Even with RAW there are plenty of situations where you can’t record the deepest shadows and brightest highlights at the same time (or see the scene the same way your eye sees it) and in those situations you just have to make a decision on what you think looks best.

  2. I would love to see more like this Karl, do you have any plans to add more street/travel photography modules?

    1. Hi Paul, there is a little more on this in the Travel and Landscape course but I have to admit it is not my main thing.

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