Taking photographs of structures, buildings, or other man-made designs.
Do Your Research
Background information can be fun to learn about, it can motivate you, and lead to inspiration in your photography projects.
Research how other photographers have worked in the area. Explore as many previous photographs as you can. This is a great starting point that may help you find a unique perspective on things.
Do NOT Stay In One Place- Walk Around!
Revisit a location multiple times in different conditions. You may have learned something on your first trip that’s important for a second trip.
A photo of a bridge in the middle of the day, with harsh light and crowds of people, makes for a cluttered image.
That same bridge just before a storm, with one person running across it with a ripped umbrella, makes for a dramatic photo!
It’s easy to overthink this. Start with your favorite camera and lens to capture the scene.
THEN JUST GO!
Perspective & Distortion
Often in architecture photography, you will be shooting with wide-angle lenses and normal angle lenses. The wider you shoot, the more perspective and distortion issues you will have.
Key Stoning Example
Due to the distance between your camera and the subject, and the camera's low position relative to the subject, photographs of buildings can look like they are leaning over.
This is called key-stoning!
You can try getting up higher, or use lens correction tools when editing. Adobe Lightroom & Photoshop have filters and tools to correct many perspective and distortion issues.
Use a lower ISO for a higher quality image. More quality means you will have room to edit and process images in post-production. Lower ISO settings will reduce noise, offer better color depth, and produce a less grainy image.
Try closing your aperture and get the whole scene in acceptable focus.
Open it for close-up, more detailed shots with some bokeh (blur in the background).
Low light shots of the interior of a building or an exterior shot at night are still possible!
Try slowing down your shutter speed and using a tripod.
Especially in downtown areas, be mindful of artificial light sources and compensate with color balance settings. These are in your menu system, and not hard to find!
Think on a large and small scale. You can photograph the whole building or part of the building. You can create tension/drama by shooting at a very close distance. Then relieve that tension by shooting from further away.
Architecture Photo Tips & Tricks
Get Out & Shoot
Not everyone works every day on paid photography assignments. Most of us do not have a camera bag full of expensive gear.
Do not get hung up on this!
Some photographers have all the gear in the world but lack ideas, a creative eye, or just plain old willingness to start!
Focusing too much on cameras & gear will keep new photographers from ever leaving the house. For some of us, the hardest part of any project is simply starting.
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