Building photography: tips for pro results without the specialist gear

Building photography: tips for pro results without the specialist gear

Building photography tips you need to remember

 

How to set up your camera to shoot pictures of buildings both old and new

Build a sense of place
Capture a variety of images, but always start off with the building or structure in its surroundings. When shooting 
a bridge, for example, the river needs to be seen flowing underneath. If there are grounds or a courtyard, then start by capturing a situational image to give a sense of place.

Always look up
Work towards the subject using wide-angle and zoom lenses. Remember, shooting upwards will give a sense of power to the subject, but don’t get too close. A 45° angle is perfect for this, and you can also use symmetry 
to your advantage.

Shoot abstract images
Get creative by using wide-angle lenses to pull and stretch the image into shape. This technique works particularly well for interiors, so choose a pillar or a ceiling and make a dynamic picture by distorting the shot in a harmonious way.

Turn the camera
Don’t just stick to landscape or portrait framing – try angling the camera for original takes on well-photographed scenes. It’s easy to get caught up in the mathematics of architectural framing, so ditch the rule book and angle the shot into place.

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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