5 Tips to Take your Architectural Photography to the Next Level

Architectural photography can be quite challenging to master. Getting the perfect shot requires practice and patience. Here are a few easy tips to take your architectural photography to the next level.

  1. Invest in a tilt-shift lens

Tilt-shift lens is by far the most used lens to shoot architectural photography.  It is very good for avoiding distortion of tall buildings as the shift function allows easy perspective control. Tilt-shift lenses also helps in expanding depth of field, controlling the plane of focus and creating optical effects while shooting.

Photo by: Swasti Verma

Photo by: Swasti Verma

  1. Be watchful of vertical lines

When a camera is tilted up or down while shooting buildings, vertical lines converge, making the building look as if it is falling backwards. You can change the camera’s field by using a tilt-shift lens. Alternatively, you can adjust the vertical lines in Photoshop.

Photo by: S.Subramanium

Photo by: S.Subramanium

  1. Experiment with lighting

Lighting can make or break an image. It can highlight particular elements in a photograph, evoke emotions and highlight vital details. It is therefore important to control lighting to shoot good interior and architectural images. While shooting indoors, shoot images with light complementing the building’s design. While shooting outdoors, work towards capturing a perfect blend of sunlight and the building’s lights.

  1. Shoot a mix of color and black and white photography

Although color is an important feature in architectural photography, black and white images can be powerful to highlight structural lines of buildings. Think leading lines and patterns while shooting in black and white to create a powerful abstract effect.

  1. Shoot different perspectives

To avoid making your subject from looking flat, shoot from different angles and viewpoints. Move your lens away from the eye level to add some drama in your image. Additionally, you can get close to a building and shoot straight up, to create unique photographs.


Photo by: John Punnen


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