How to Shoot Amazing Architectural Photography
The first thing to remember about buildings is that you cannot move them. so is the light is not where you want it, return at another time. Observe which façade the light strikes at a given time of day and if you want to shoot the front, but it is west-facing, you know that you will need to return in the afternoon.
Matt Higgs takes a trip to London to give you some great tips for improving your street and architectural photography. Follow his simple advice to find creative angles and take beautiful photos of London – or wherever else you happen to find yourself!
Having arrived at the best time, the next task is to find a viewpoint that minimizes distortion of the buildings. In an ideal world, you would be positioned in the centre of the façade, some distance back, with a telephoto lens. Assuming you can find a central spot, you will probably be quite close and will have to use a wide-angle lens and tilt the camera upwards to capture the top.
Most cities also offer a high vantage point from where you can get good shots of the entire skyline. The best time is early or late in the day when the sun is lower in the sky and less harsh. Go for wide-angle views or pick out details with a telephoto lens.
Top 5 Tips
- Note which way buildings face and shot at the right time of the day for the best light
- Shoot from a central place to decrease distortion
- With tall buildings try to find a higher viewpoint so you can keep the camera level
- Look for interesting details that you can zoom in
- Shoot city skylines from a high vantage point, choose sunset or night for drama.
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