Building photography: tips for pro results without the specialist gear

Building photography: tips for pro results without the specialist gear

Set up your camera correctly for building photography

 

Three essential tips to set up your SLR correctly

Set up your camera correctly for building photography: self-timer

Try the two-second timer
Shooting with your hands off the camera creates the sharpest shots. Although a cable release works brilliantly for timed images, you’ll find that your camera’s two-sec timer will work perfectly well on a tripod. Remember that the longer your lens’s focal length, the more camera shake will occur.

 

Set up your camera correctly for building photography: spirit level

Fit a spirit level
If your camera doesn’t have a built-in spirit level, a hotshoe spirit level is essential kit when your camera is tripod mounted. Whether keeping things centered or level, the accuracy of your set-up will pay dividends when altering perspective in Photoshop.

 

Set up your camera correctly for building photography: activate stabilisation

Activate stabilisation
When shooting close-ups, image stabilisation is invaluable for creating sharp images. Although very useful at handheld focal lengths of 200mm, don’t use it when your camera is on a tripod unless manufacturer-approved, as IS can actually soften shots.

PAGE 1: What you need to get started with building photography
PAGE 2: Set up your camera correctly for building photography
PAGE 3: Get creative with filters
PAGE 4: Building photography tips you need to remember

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