Five of the best books for architecture photography
Learning is earning and reading books on any subject is a great way to improve in that area.
I’ve compiled a list of my five best books for architecture photography, which are guaranteed to get you inspired!
Professional Architectural Photography – Michael Harris
This book is a great starting point and can now be picked up for just a few pounds on Amazon, which is even better!
It’s packed full of images and an accompanying history of architectural photography, which will really help you to understand some of the technical considerations which the book then goes into.
It is perhaps a little out of date now, concentrating too much on the pros/cons of digital V film, but the basics are pretty much the same.
Shooting Space: Architecture in Contemporary Photography – Elias Redstone, Pedro Gadanho and Kate Bush
If you’re looking for a good coffee table book, then this could be the one for you. It follows a number of photographers as they shoot different spaces and concentrates more on the artistic application of knowledge, rather than technically perfect imagery.
It’s separated into five chapters, covering collaborations between photographer and architect, global urbanization, alterations to the natural landscape, reappraised Modernist icons, and imagined environments, each of which is gorgeously illustrated along with accompanying text telling you a little more about the images.
Architectural Photography: Composition, Capture, and Digital Image Processing – Adrian Schulz
The author, Adrian Schulz, is a qualified architect and it shows. This is probably my go to book if I was to recommend the best book for architecture photography.
It’s a step-by-step guide through everything architectural photography, whether you’re an amateur or have been a professional photographer for years, you’re guaranteed to find something new in this book.
The latest edition, released in 2015, has been updated to including a hefty section on the developments in architectural photography such as current cameras (as of time of printing) and Photoshop.
Photographing Buildings Inside and Out – Norman McGrath
This book was written pre-digital photography but it’s still a classic in the field.
It covers everything from pre-planning your shoot, right through to the event, and goes into meticulous detail on aspects of architectural photography which you may not have thought about previously.
Don’t expect it to be a step-by-step guide on how to achieve perfect images every time, but it will give you a handful of tips and tricks which will help you in your architectural photography career.
Photographing Architecture and Interiors – Julius Shulman
This is a great book for looking inside the mind of an architectural photographer.
It will give you a good outline of the fundamentals of architecture photography which have stood the test of time. Sadly, the author has now passed away and much of the book is still dedicated to analogue photography, but if you don’t mind applying some of the theory on film temperatures into your white balance application, then there are some great little nuggets to dig out of this book.
So that’s my list of the best five books for architecture photography, are there any which you think should be included? If so, pop them in the comments below.
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