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Not everyone is built to enjoy the life in the city. But regardless if you’re a city-dweller or a city-visitor, during sunset, position yourself at a vantage point where you are able to see the majority of the city skyline. With a digital camera or a camera phone plus some serious photography skills, you’ll soon have a city skyline photo that will make you enjoy the city life. Probably the greatest moment for taking photos of the city skyline is when the sun is beginning to set, because there is the contrast of colors that makes the photo amazing.

When photographing a city skyline, make sure to load up with wide lens for shooting a bigger image and a telephoto for singling out specific buildings as well as taking isolated objects closer to you. Using a tripod is recommended by the experts, but just leave the flash gun at home. The great thing about today’s technology is that most digital cameras, even phone cameras, can produce night shots of a fairly good quality. But if you wish to capture the skyline in HD or in high-quality, using significantly lengthier exposure times and a more advanced digital camera is more effective.

If you’re having a holiday in a city, use the room with a view or the balcony of the hotel to give you a higher standpoint. You may also go to various buildings with observation decks or bridges to safely stand on so you can capture the majestic skyline. From high places, you can capture activities and patterns that you don’t normally see at street level. These patterns add another layer of character to your shot. For instance, street lights look especially good glistening against the backdrop of the deep blue sky while the sun is setting. You just need to be careful where you meter from so you don’t have “blown out” building lights.

The best way to capture great city skyline shots is to take multiple shots. Even professional photographers take as much raw skyline photos as they can, so they have choices during the editing process. In most cases, an incredible shot of a city skyline requires minimal to no editing. But to enhance it better, a little touch up here and there helps a lot. This is particular true if the skyline shot is for a photography competition.

For creative inspiration, here are 20 stunning photos of city skylines all over the globe.

San Diego by Alex Gaflig

San Diego by Alex Gaflig

Singapore by Natchaya Rujiyapanon

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Seoul, South Korea by Joshua Davenport

Sunset over Gangnam

Toronto, Canada by StockSnap

Toronto, Canada by StockSnap

Doha, Qatar by Nicolas Kamp

Doha, Qatar by Nicolas Kamp

Paris Skyline by Rob Potvin

Paris Skyline by Rob Potvin

Toyko at Night by toppiMS

Toyko at Night by toppiMS

London by Inigo Cia

London by Inigo Cia

Tampa, Florida by Don Sullivan

Tampa, Florid by Don Sullivan

Columbus, OH by Sean Denney

Columbus, OH by Sean Denney

Seattle, Washington by Skeeze

Seattle, Washington by Skeeze

Hong Kong by Duncan Tang

Hong Kong by Duncan Tang

Dubai Skyline by Bjoern Lauen

Dubai Skyline by Bjoern Lauen.

Shanghai, China by Francis Palma

Shanghai, China by Francis Palma

Bangkok by Igor Ovsyannykov

Bangkok by Igor Ovsyannykov

The Burning City by Jacobs LB

The Burning City by Jacobs LB

Hong Kong by Andi Andreas

Hong Kong by Andi Andreas

Rio de Janeiro by Thanat Avit

Rio de Janeiro by Thanat Avit

New York Skyline by Ronal Goossen

New York Skyline by Ronal Goossen

London Apocalypse by Roland Shainidze

London Apocalypse by Roland Shainidze

 

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Posted by Igor Ovsyannykov

I'm a digital nomad and entrepreneur bouncing around South East Asia. When I'm not working here, I'm out taking photos. Follow me on Instagram: @igorovsyannykov

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