Architectural photographing is photographing of buildings, houses, etc. from different angles. Architectural photographers have all the skills of using cameras and specialized techniques. Architectural photography is very slow as compared to other photography fields. Especially compared to sports photography and photojournalism. It is time-taking, you have to prepare yourself for architectural photography. Your camera does not need to focus on speed. You just have to focus on quality. Here are some points, you should keep in your mind:
- Use a low ISO.
- Take your pictures in RAW format.
- Using editing tools.
With these, you will be able to capture stunning pictures. A high quality cameras are required for architectural photography. Some photographers use specialized equipment. Other equipment (tilt and shift lenses) also add a creative touch to your photographs.
Classification of Architectural photography
1. Classification of Architectural photography
Exterior architectural photography is the type of architectural photography which takes advantage of daylight (for example Natural light). A good photographer is the one who prefers scenes with beautiful scenery. A photographer want to capture something really different. It’s really a great thing, if a photographer captures natural surroundings. The perfect way is to capture shot against the sky. The main objective of an external photographer is to call for interest and concern among the people.
2.Interior Architectural Photography
Interior photography finds a way to use natural lighting from windows and streets. But still you need more lights for your scene. Use some using external lighting, for example flash. That’s why indoor photography is also known as controlled photography. Everything can be controlled manually according to the situation. In architectural photography, the necessary element of a photograph is space. That is the reason why photographers use wide-angle. This would be easy for them to take the whole image including the creative elements. In order to capture clean and simple shots, photographers avoid cluttering. This helps them in focusing the personality of a structure.
Tips for architectural photography
Shoot in a variety of weather conditions and times of day
Always shoot in different weather conditions and times of day. Try to shoot during sunset hours when shadows are long and colors are bright. When you are shooting a series of images during different times of the day or even different weather conditions, it can help you to paint a full story of the building’s relationship with its environment.
Good lighting would always be your first priority. It depend on the shooting time. If you are shooting at day, then you do not need to use flashlight. But if you are shooting at night, then you will definitely have to use flash lights. Great architectural lighting helps to highlight a space or specific structure.
Look for a unique angle
You have to focus on this point. Only best professional photographers look for a unique angle. Playing with angle is not only an entertaining thing to do it, it takes a lot of time. After looking for a great angle, start shooting the amazing pictures.
Don’t be afraid to include people in your photography
Most of the architectural photographers refuses to accept a cover image with a person in it. Historically, there has been a trend not to include people in this type of photography. It is satisfied when you replace a person with some other things. Luckily, a number of high professional photographers do not accept this and take photographs including people. They don’t shy when they are including other people into their architectural photography.
Shooting with a wide-angle lens
The smartest thing a professional photographer do is to shoot with a wide-angle lens when it comes to architectural photography. It is a difficult task to capture little details of the building, a wide-angle would be best. When you are close enough, you will reveal something new about the building’s history.
Use post-processing tools
Post-processing become a standard part of photography. Capture photographs when you perfectly match the environment. Images are altered for the clear understanding. Editing software such as light room and Photoshop are easy to use with a huge variety of functions (including lens correction).
Invest in appropriate photography equipment
If you want to become a professional architectural photographer, then you need high quality equipment. So have to invest as much as you can in order to get right equipment. Equipment include:
- Wide-range angles used for photographing buildings.
- Tripod will help you to shoot in low-light conditions.
- Polarizing filter can also help you to make your picture more graphic.
- If you are really serious about your profession, you can also own a drone with a quality camera.
Revisit the site multiple times
After taking the pictures for the first time, visit the site again and again, it will reveal new layers to architecture. When you capture a newly constructed building, it looks so beautiful and amazing. It takes a lot of time to take perfect pictures. You cannot capture in the first attempt. You have to practice more and work a lot.
Camera settings for architecture photography
When it comes to photographing architecture, try to shoot in aperture priority or manual modes. When you subject is stationary, you can use slower shutter speed. Camera settings for architecture photography are:
- Manual mode
- ISO: 100
- Aperture: f/8 to f/14
- Shutter speed: depending on the light