As well as being one of the most expensive hobbies around, photography is also one of the more technical pastimes you can pursue. But it doesn’t have to be confusing!
We’ve spoken to numerous experts over the years, as well as photographers like you, who may either be just starting out or have been taking pictures for a while but keep encountering the same nagging problem. From all our conversations, we’ve noticed some common photography problems that seem to plague snappers of all ages and abilities.
Inside, we’ve put together 99 of the most common photography problems and offered solutions to get round them, so you never have to be in doubt ever again! We’ve offered a mix of camera tips, explanations, definitions and more to help answer your questions. And we’ve also provided links, where appropriate, to some of our photography tutorials covering these problems in more depth
The funny thing with architecture photography is that its biggest benefit – your subjects don’t move – can also be its biggest drawback – you can’t move your subjects! Never fear. We’ve compiled a list of our 16 best architectural photography tips to help you start thinking more abstractly and taking more creative pictures of buildings.
Are your architectural photos starting to feel a bit samey? If you’re looking to spice up your portfolio, capturing pin-sharp night photos of buildings can be a real striking showpiece in your architectural archive. But night photography can also prove a real challenge if you don’t use the right settings and techniques.
To make sure your get off on the right foot, we’ve put together our best 7 tried-and-tested techniques that are guaranteed to improve your architectural night photography.
While you can achieve a long shutter exposure easily at dusk and dawn, what if you want to use a long exposure during the day? The trick is to get yourself a strong ND filter (neutral density), which cuts out nine or 10 stops of light.
A long exposure can create milky water effects and is great for waterfall pictures, as well as blurred clouds in when shooting landscape photography; but that isn’t their only use. A long exposure is also handy for making moving subjects ‘disappear’ when you shoot buildings, street scenes or architecture. Sometimes it’s great to include people in a scene to give a sense of scale or location, but they can be distracting if you want a clean composition.
Do you often find leaning buildings in your architectural photos? This is called barrel distortion.
The most likely cause of barrel distortion is shooting a building from too close a distance. When shooting too close, you’ll need to zoom out to a wide-angle focal length, which can result in noticeable barrel distortion, making the top, bottom and sides of a building appear to bow outwards. For those instances when you just can’t shoot it any other way, here is how you can correct distortion on the computer using Photoshop.
The days are getting colder, and the nights shorter, but that doesn’t mean you can’t shoot great photos. Make the most of this unique time of year with our inspirational Things to try feature…
Towns and cities boast countless buildings, both old and new, ripe for some stunning abstract shots.