I’ve been focusing on taking better photographs and handling my camera more effectively over the last few weeks.
I really feel like I do a great job capturing candid moments, but when you don’t have a subject to smile, laugh, or look longingly into the lens, it can become difficult to stay creative.
If you’re interested in photographing places or want to get some ideas that you could use as portrait locations, I’ve compiled a quick list to review featuring Downtown Mt. Sterling.
I was able to walk to each of these places within a 15 minute circuit and I did it in 85+ degree heat at 7 pm without breaking a sweat.
Location One: Courthouse Square
I like to park on the brick road in front of the court house when I visit downtown.
Maybe I’m silly and eccentric, but it’s just super fun to feel the uneven bricks beneath my feet and it completes the esthetic for me.
If you are starting your photography adventure at the Courthouse square, I’d take my camera to each store front and just start taking photos!
Try angles and mess with the settings. Attempt to do a trick you saw on Instagram and think about what makes each storefront or doorway unique.
Location Two: Brick Passageway
Near the Courthouse square, you’ll find brick passageways to have fun with!
What can you photograph there? The bricks, the water dripping down, a possible reflection in a puddle, any moss or plant growth.
Location Three: Maysville Street
Across from the Courthouse square, you’ll find more storefronts and a flower garden on Maysville Road.
If you’ve got the time, head North on Maysville and walk towards the rock and iron fences that line the street.
Look at the different materials used and get shots that show the detail and craftsmanship used.
Location Four: City Parking Lot
Most people starting out really like to photograph “pretty things”.
If you venture off the sidewalk and take time to snap some shots behind your favorite buildings, you’ll be sure to find some gems there as well.
This is a good way to practice finding beauty everywhere.
Location Five: The Wing Murals
When walking through the city parking lot, you’ll be sure to notice the floating umbrellas!
After checking out the ceiling, take a look at the walls.
You’ll find two sets of wings painted there as well as some exposed brick and a bench. A pop of color is always a good thing in the photo reel!
Something to think about...
My little adventure was very therapeutic and insightful. I practiced using the Aperture mode and patiently worked with my earbuds plugged in, listening to some moody neofolk sounds.
If I could offer one piece of advice to those contemplating a downtown photography adventure:
Take your time and look at everything.
Think about how you’d want to describe the flowers, sidewalk or wall to someone; do you want them to focus on the color, texture or lighting? How do you want someone to feel when they look through your lens? What story are you telling?