“Man sieht nur was man weiss” (One sees only what one knows). This Goethe’s thought applies perfectly when it comes to take pictures of a town. The more you know about culture, lifestyle, social structure, but also about architecture, environment and any other peculiarity of places you are visiting, the more your pictures will be able to communicate the essence of towns and people you are looking at, gaining in interest, smartness and paying you back for any effort you put in expanding your knowledge.
So here it is this fantastic video, produced by Insula Spa, revealing how does Venice work. Enjoy it!
Walking around Berlin with your camera in the hand and no inspiration? Don’t forget the underground stations! They have many advantages: there are plenty, so you can choose your preferred, they are always there, so you don’t risk to miss the moment, they are often crowded with all sort of people coming and going, so they are easily a must for a street photographer and they offer many cues for a nice architectonic shot too.
The Berlin U-Bahn is one of the most extensive underground network in Europe with more than 170 stations spread across ten lines, so you really can choose your preferred one to take some nice pictures. Have fun!
Here it is another night shot you can easily take in Berlin! Same location and same cold winter as before (blurred things you see in the water are ice blocks moving with the stream): the Friedrichstrasse station. From the rear end of the platform you can spot a nice sight of the Sprea encircled with buildings guiding your eyes right toward the reichstag dome. If you are lucky enough to find a night without wind you will be delighted by the wonderful reflections on the water!
Berlin is not New York but you can easily perform some night shooting with a lot of details, colours, crowded roads and traffic lights. Just consider that this kind of pictures looks more interesting if you can reach a different point of view on the situation. Usually shooting from an elevated structure makes the job. I took this Friedrichstrassepicture from the platform of the homonymous station. It offers a good elevation, a nice sight of the street below and also a roof so you can shoot even if it rains. If you walk toward the other end of the platform you will have a wonderful view of the river Sprea and the Reichstag with is illuminated dome.