10-01-2018 11:17 AM - edited 11-29-2018 08:31 PM
October 1 is World Architecture Day! Architecture photography is a window into the world of history and design. Buildings come in all shapes and sizes, and photographing them can be a way to see things from a unique perspective.
Here are my top tips for taking great photos of the beautiful and interesting buildings you see.
Take a step back
Putting distance between the building and your camera can help you capture the entire building.
Look for unique angles
Try a variety of different angles. Shooting from below can make the building look larger, while shooting from above can show depth and draw attention to interesting shapes.
Use natural light
Turn off your flash when indoors and photograph in natural light to avoid harsh shadows. Look for the soft light that comes through a building’s windows to illuminate the scene.
Look for lines
Shooting on a diagonal can add depth and dimension to your image. Shooting straight on can give the image a sense of balance and calmness.
Turn on your camera grid
Use your grid to keep vertical lines vertical, and perpendicular to the horizon. If your camera’s grid is tilted to the side, a building can look like it’s falling over in your images. A grid can be useful while shooting any type of scene, not only architecture.
Include people to show size
A great way to show the size of a building or architectural elements, is to include a person or people in the scene. Adding a person or a group of people with the building will add scale to the scene and can make your photo more dynamic.
Do you love architecture? Share your photos of buildings that you find unique in their design, and tell everyone in the comments: What can other Local Guides do to help you learn more about architecture?