Building photography: tips for pro results without the specialist gear

Building photography: tips for pro results without the specialist gear

Get creative with filters

 

Simple filters can give your building photography a professional finish. Here’s how…

Try using filters when shooting urban subjects. The first photo pictured right was taken in early evening light.

Building photography tips: use a polariser

Once the abstract composition was finalised, the photographer simply waited for complementary clouds to appear above the building. A polarising filter was used to eliminate reflections and increase the contrast between the sky and clouds.

Building photography tips: use a 10-stop ND filter

For the above image, a 10-stop Neutral Density (ND) filter was used to slow the shutter speed enough to turn the fluffy clouds moving overhead into a smooth blur.

The softness of the clouds adds emphasis to the building, greatly increasing the sharpness and linear feel.

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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