Lighting and contrast: With meaning in mind you can move on to lighting. Contrast has an enormous impact on buildings because light bounces off or is retained by surfaces differently, because most architecture has mixed media of materials that will contrast with how light hits them it is key to make these two elements your friend. If you are just starting out, try to find a piece that is more uniform in material until you get the hang of how light works with it. It should be noted that one way to expand your skill set is to capture the same piece at different times or seasons in order to create different meanings and tones to your photo portfolio.
Looking at the same photo from our last segment, you can see the bright natural light with little shadow or contrast...
Compared to the subtle shadows on the pillar here... Which one do you find more compelling?
Challenge: Architecture edition!
As many of you know, we are currently hosting a competition for architecture photography! With cash prizes going up to $50 for our champion it is a hard challenge to pass up. But how best to capture the winning picture? Keep reading for tips on building the perfect photo of any building you want!
Choosing your tone: The first step to any good photo shoot is knowing what you want to express in the picture. This applies to building shots especially! There are a lot of things to unpack with any given piece of architecture, but expression is key. Are your trying to make your audience feel small? Compare the clean lines of modernism to the curling rod work of art deco? What about inspiring nogistolia or wonder at a place? This is something you should choose before you ever pick up your camera. Examine the photo below:
Now compare it to this piece:
These two images come from the same building, so don't be afraid to explore tone and theme in multiple shots. The possibilities are endless!