The timing of these photos is EVERYTHING! The gorgeous light comes after the sun has set but if you wait too long you will miss the good light. So here are my top tips for capturing amazing cityscape photos.
1. Get in position early. If you are in a tourist spot then the viewpoint is going to be crowded. Get to the photo location well before sunset so you will have an uninterupted view. If you are late in arriving then the selfie-stickers are going to be standing in front of you and you will lose out on your awesome cityscape skyline photo.
2. Carefully choose the best composition. Think about balance and symmetry from side to side. Place objects of equal visual weight on either side of the frame. Put the horizon line on the top third of the photo (the rule of thirds). Use your cell phone to help you choose the best composition.
Notice how the road on the left of the Paris cityscape photo (the first photo in this article) is balanced out with the road and building on the right? Notice how the Eiffel Tower is in the middle? This is balance and symmetry at its best and it is why this composition from the tallest building in Paris works so well.
3. Set up your tripod early. This will help you stake a claim on your spot so you will own it when the crowds crush in around you at sunset.
4. Take a timelapse while you wait for the sun to go down. They are always interesting.