Tips for Architecture Photography

MatthewA By MatthewA, 11th Sep 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Architecture photography is the photographing of buildings and structures. The subjects can include towers, cathedrals, bridges or skyscrapers usually photographed from outside. Although the photos can also include interior shots of the structures. Here are a few tips for enhancing your architecture photography.

Shoot from an angle

Photographers often capture architecture from an angle instead of a flat direct perspective. The advantage of taking photos from alternative angles is that it can add another dimension to the final picture. Horizontal lines that run parallel to the border are somewhat plain and predictable.

Taking a photo of a building from an angle will add greater impact to the picture. Take a photo of buildings from close up to engineer stronger diagonal lines in the final photograph. As such, take a photo of a structure from a few alternative angles.
Take photos at night

Many famous architectural wonders light up at night. For example, the Eiffel Tower, Blackpool Tower and Leaning Tower of Pisa are illuminated at night. If you shoot a photo of illuminated structures at night they can sparkle with some great lighting effects. As they are lit internally their structures can be more prominent. They can also be more colorful if lit with multicolored lights, but the buildings must be illuminated for effective photos.

Take photos in black and white

Architecture photography is more suitable for black-and-white photos. Remember that the structure and outline is more essential in architectural photography. Building shadows will also be clearer in black-and-white photos. As most image editing software packages have a black-and-white editing option it's best to shoot in color, and then convert the image to black and white.

Stabilize the camera

Photographing static structures gives you that much more time to steady the camera as much as possible. A tripod is ideal for propping up the camera. With a tripod, you can optimize the photo quality and depth of field. The camera tripod is all the more essential for architecture photos after dark to minimize blurred light photography, and for those shots taken indoors. However, if you do not have one of those, you can still place the camera on nearby walls, fences etc as an alternative.
Bring a wide-angled lens

Those with digital SLR cameras should have a wide-angle lens for architecture shots. As buildings are large, and surrounded by others, a super wide-angle lens is more essential for architecture photography when viewpoints are more limited. With a wide-angle lens you will be able to capture more of the architecture and surrounding landscape in the shot. An effective wide-angle lens should have focal lengths in the 30mm range. In addition, your camera should also have standard zoom with effective focal lengths from which to shoot from a variety of distances.

Architecture can provide some fantastic photo opportunities. Input famous architecture keywords into a Google search engine, and then click on images for some examples of architecture photography. With suitable wide-angle lenses, tripods and editing software you can add comparable photos to your own gallery.


Architecture Photography, Camera, Digital Photography

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