Recently I’ve been really interested in urban streetwear photography and I really wanted to try my hands at shooting some Hypebeast style photos around Downtown Los Angeles. My friend Kevin happened to be in the area and we set up a quick shoot one afternoon a few weeks ago to test out compositions I wanted to experiment with and the photos came out really well!
It was a really cloudy day when we shot together so I was able to get really clean, even lighting. I’m always hyper aware of the backgrounds in my photos and how they interact with the model. While doing research for this shoot, I noticed that a lot of urban streetwear photographers tend to use the interesting shapes and textures to add to their compositions.
Leading lines play a HUGE role in this kind of photography and how those lines meld in with the model is important. I mean, background composition is incredibly important in all types of photography, but I felt that I had to “pose” the cityscape in the same way I did my model. A minute shift in my camera completely changed the composition and it was both challenging and fun to get it JUST right.
I wasn’t sure how the editing would go but I went for a more muted tone like the old school Hypebeast filters on VSCO. Crushed blacks and muted highlights played a huge role in the preset I ended up creating for this shoot. I love discovering new photography styles and I think I just landed on an exciting new route to take my photography down!