City Photography: tips for taking pictures of buildings with maximum impact

City Photography: tips for taking pictures of buildings with maximum impact

Final tips on how to take compelling pictures of buildings

Final tips on how to take compelling pictures of buildings: plan ahead

Fail to plan, plan to fail
“Paul had clearly thought carefully about the day ahead before he arrived at Salford Quays,” says Howard. “He came with an aerial map of the location and a chart of where the sun would be at different times of the day.” Doing this research meant Paul knew exactly which sides of which buildings would be best lit at any given time of day. For more aerial maps, visit http://maps.live.com.

 

Final tips on how to take compelling pictures of buildings: use a robust tripod

Try a more robust tripod
“Although Howard has a nice, lightweight Manfrotto tripod, it’s not ideal. My Manfrotto might be more expensive, but it’s bigger and heavier, making it perfect for shake-free shots.”

 

Final tips on how to take compelling pictures of buildings: know your lenses

Know your lenses
Lenses give their best at medium aperture settings and Howard discovered a neat trick from Paul for harnessing this whenever possible. Using the results of his own tests, Paul sticks a table of a lens’s performance for each key aperture to the back of its cap!

PAGE 1: Meet our professional photographer and apprentice
PAGE 2: City photography tips for during the shoot
PAGE 3: Final tips on how to take compelling pictures of buildings
PAGE 4: Our professional photographer’s recommended gear
PAGE 5: Shot of the Day

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