Timothy Ma is based in Hong Kong and shoots cityscapes as a way to document experiences and to avoid missing out on the beauty of a place. Learn some tips about cityscape photography with the Canon EOS 6D Mark II.

EOS 6D Mark II | EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM | f/4.0 | ISO 100 | 1/600s

Turn Your Camera Mode Dial to [Av]

I use the EOS 6D Mark II with the EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM, EF 50mm f/1.8 STM and EF70-200m f/2.8L IS II USM. In most circumstances a quick reaction is required as you might only get one chance to take the shot. Therefore, it is important to learn your gear inside out so you don’t waste time adjusting the settings. Using AV mode automatically sets the shutter speed and all that is left is to adjust the aperture and ISO.

EOS 6D Mark II | EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM | f/2.8 | ISO 1000 | 1/160s

EOS 6D Mark II | EF70-200mm f/4L USM | f/4.0 | ISO 400 | 1/25s

Take Time to Explore the City

I enjoy shooting views from elevated places, such as this image taken from Hong Kong’s Lion Rock.

EOS 6D Mark II | EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM | f/4.0 | ISO 200 | 1/200s

There is no easy way to get a good image so take the time to explore your location.

EOS 6D Mark II | EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM | f/7.1 | ISO 100 | 1/400s

EOS 6D Mark II | EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM | f/2.8 | ISO 200 | 1/500s

Shoot From Different Angles

Cityscape photography also means boldly exploring interesting angles – low, high and close-ups. The EOS 6D Mark II‘s vari-angle LCD touchscreen monitor makes shooting from any angle possible. If you are new to street photography, shoot as often as possible since practise makes perfect.

EOS 6D Mark II | EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM | f/9 | ISO 100 | 0.3s

EOS 6D Mark II | f/5.6 | ISO 160 | 1.3s

Head to Timothy Ma’s Instagram to see more of his captivating cityscape photographs!