Solid knowledge of composition lays the foundation of interesting photography subjects like Architectural photography. Great Architectural structures have always amazed photographers, artists, travelers, etc. Here are the top 5 tips—
Use Wide Angle Lens for Architectural Photography:
While in search for some eye-catching photos of Architectural marvels, you might end up in front of a building where don’t have enough space to move to capture the entire structure in one single shot.
The use of Wide Angle Lens or fish-eye Lens in such situations can help you create dramatic compositions and ‘drag’ the building into the frame. However, if you don’t have the lens, no worries, you can try capturing a panoramic shot.
Change your perspective:
Tall, symmetrical buildings have always interested Architectural Photographers. If you too wish to capture cool photos of such huge buildings, then I suggest instead of moving away from the structure for the building to fit into frame, you can try moving towards it. Go closer to its base and look upwards. You can also search for lines that can lead viewers and try capturing some of the beautiful skies to give a better depth to your photos.
While shooting Architectural structures, in spite of good composition, you might face the problem of photograph seeming ‘flat’. In order to overcome this, you should lookout for better angles and camera positions which when complimented by perfect time of day such that sunlight creates strong shadows with the patterns or textures of the building. This improves the contrasts as well, and who doesn’t love Dramatic images??
But, high levels of contrast might result in overexposure of bright areas in images. Trick is to shoot the scene with intentional under-exposure, so that the bright areas are exposed correctly. Later on, you can easily alter exposure of dark areas. The reason is simple– the chances of recovering details from shadows are higher than that from the highlights (bright areas).
Look for reflections:
Reflections in glass buildings, symmetrical patterns, unique patterns, reflections in puddle after the rain can bring in a new dimension and sense to the photos and surely help you create images that stand out from the rest.
Architectural Photography At the Sunset:
You need to place the Building between yourself and the setting sun. During sunset, you will be able to capture the structure in an awesome silhouette.
The camera flash must be disabled and make sure that you expose the sky properly. In case the foreground seems lighter, set a negative value of exposure compensation will darken it. This creates some kind of enigmatic effect.