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Photography has always been a medium to artistically express one’s emotion and state of mind. With the popularity of photo-sharing apps like Instagram and the rise of #iPhoneography, a lot of people with artistic eyes are now able to showcase their talent in ways that they couldn’t do before. And one of the most popular types of photography posted on IG, using an iPhone, is street or urban photography.

Even with its name, this type of photography doesn’t necessarily need the presence of a street in it. Alternatively, the still shot lacking the city skyline can still be categorized as urban photography as well. Street photography projects an image that has a facsimile or aesthetic human character. It could be an urban photo without people in it, but features a skyline that is full of life with its changing colors and textures. Or it can be an old, decaying building bursting with grace and character. It can also be a large group of people, minding their own business, but collectively has a certain vibe, like an urgency to go finish a phone call or cross the street.

Flawless street photography takes a lot of practice and innate talent. More than the techniques that can be learned through practice, urban photography also needs the right moment. What’s truly fascinating about it is its peculiarity. With this type of photography, a photo either works or not. It can be sharp, it can be blurry. It can be soft, it can be bright. It can include a lot of people in black and white, it can be devoid of human faces shot in vivid colors. It can be a lot of things, but only if it captures the right mood at the right moment.

The great thing is, thanks to the many digital and phone cameras out there along with the endless list of photo filters for free, practicing to capture epic urban photography is possible. The operative word here is practice. If you’re a newbie, start with the basics – like, literally, the street, the people, and the rising sun. From there, take it to the next level. Capture a moment amidst the hustle and bustle of the city. Leave the mainstream area to new subjects. Remember, it doesn’t always have to have smiling people in it.

To help you understand the “mood” I’ve talked about, here are 30 examples of the most beautiful urban photography online.

Tokyo Street From Above by Navid Baraty

Tokyo Street From Above by Navid Baraty

A Train Goes Through Market, Bangkok by Paul Sarawak

A Train Goes Through Market, Bangkok by Paul Sarawak

Street Colors Of Hong Kong by Brian Yen | National Geographic

Street Colors Of Hong Kong by Brian Yen | National Geographic

Dubai At Night Above The Clouds by Daniel Cheong

Dubai At Night Above The Clouds by Daniel Cheong

Abandoned Cinema, Ohio by Johnny Joo

Abandoned Cinema, Ohio by Johnny Joo

Colorful Houses Of Houten, Holland by Albert Dros

Colorful Houses Of Houten, Holland by Albert Dros

Post No Bills by David Johnson

Post No Bills by David Johnson

Retina by Marius Vieth

Retina by Marius Vieth

Millennium Park by Kyle Pozan

Millennium Park by Kyle Pozan

Light Show At Sydney Opera House by Lauren Bath

Light Show At Sydney Opera House by Lauren Bath

Falling In Love With Paris by Lurie Belegurschi

Falling In Love With Paris by Lurie Belegurschi

A Moment Alone by Nick K

black and white

Los Angeles At Night From Above by Vincent Laforet

Los Angeles At Night From Above by Vincent Laforet

Amsterdam, night and day by Reddit User 8thunder8

Amsterdam

 

Girl in NYC by Reddit User Alex Benetel

Girl in NYC by Reddit User Alex Benetel

Fearless Climbing Shanghai Tower by On The Roofs

Fearless Climbing Shanghai Tower by On The Roofs

Best View In Dubai by Oleg Sherstyachenko

Best View In Dubai by Oleg Sherstyachenko

Midnight Snow by Reddit User Walaska

Midnight Snow by Reddit User Walaska

Full Day At Los Angeles Airport LAX by Mike Kelley

Full Day At Los Angeles Airport LAX by Mike Kelley

The Parallel Worlds by Alfredo Mancini

The Parallel Worlds by Alfredo Mancini

California Street, San Francisco by Robert Ray

California Street, San Francisco by Robert Ray

Blue Ligts Of Osaka At Night, Japan by Yoshihiko Wada

Blue Ligts Of Osaka At Night, Japan by Yoshihiko Wada

Tram In Winter, Milan Photography by Alessio Mesiano

Tram In Winter, Milan Photography by Alessio Mesiano

Apartment Blocks In Hong Kong by Peter Stewart

Apartment Blocks In Hong Kong by Peter Stewart

Blue Car In Havana, Cuba by Giancarlo Bisone

Blue Car In Havana, Cuba by Giancarlo Bisone

Beautiful Saint Petersburg, Russia by Ivan Smelov

Beautiful Saint Petersburg, Russia by Ivan Smelov

Long exposure of a bridge by Reddit USer Pirramid

Long exposure of a bridge by Reddit USer Pirramid

Early City Mornings by Reddit User Drex2018

Early City Mornings

One Night In Amsterdam by Marius Vieth

One Night In Amsterdam by Marius Vieth

A plane flies over a building by Tfmartins Photography

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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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