Looking for a way to supercharge your architecture photography? Well these 8 tips will help you improve your architecture photography!
Shoot the building at different times of day
This one is really simple but is often overlooked as things get rushed and budgets don’t stretch to cover the time needed.
But if you can, shoot a building at different times of day. This will give you a better idea of how the light interacts with the building and also allow you to follow the sun around a building and shoot it all without certain sections being in shadow.
Shooting the same location at different times of day can have dramatic results.
Spending 15 minutes researching a site on Google maps and seeing the best places to shoot beforehand will save you loads more time on site not having to walk around.
It’s also a good idea to have some good photography apps like SunCalc on your phone so you can check where the sun is going to be at certain times of the day, there’s no point going to shoot a building if it’s going to be in shadow!
93% of our lives are now spent in buildings, that’s a heck of a lot of interaction to ignore.
It’s great to include people in your architecture photography as it gives people a sense of size and also a sense of the purpose of a building.
If you want a more detailed post on how to include people in your photographs, check out this post here.
Get in nice and close
As well as getting those gorgeous wide shots of the whole building, it’s also a great idea to get in close and catch all those amazing little design details which could be missed in a wide shot.
Sometimes shooting the details of a building can be more rewarding.
Use the correct equipment
Architecture photography can be a complex and technical pastime, that’s why it’s important to have the correct equipment to make your job as easy as possible and produce the best pictures.
If you want a few tips on gear, i’ve put together this architecture photography equipment post.
Visit the site multiple times
Similar to visiting a site at different times, visiting it at different times of year can have a dramatic effect on the images which you take.
That gorgeous low and crisp winter sun will make a massive change from the haze of a summer’s day.
So if you can, make a note to return to sites at different times of the year and just see how the different quality of light affects your images.
Don’t be afraid of post-processing
“Just photoshop it” has become the bane of many professional photographers as an expectation to be able to make anything perfect afterwards often makes the project suffer.
It’s important to know when to edit images. If you’re shooting tethered (which I recommend) then tweaking things in Capture One as you go along can be a great benefit and saves you hours of work later on.
If you’ve not heard of Capture One, then check this out to learn more about post processing for architecture photography.
Little tweaks such as your keystone correction and lifting shadows should come naturally, but if you’re looking at removing whole sections of an image or cars/people etc then just take a step back and see if waiting 10 minutes will save you having to get the clone stamp out, which leads me on to the final point.
Don’t be afraid to ramp up the colours to make a more interesting photograph.
Take your time and enjoy the process.
Remember that you should always be striving to produce the best work possible and that may sometimes mean having to be patient and wait for things to change in your scene or for the light to change in order to get the shot.
This shouldn’t be seen as a hindrance, but rather as part of the process.
That my list of 8 tips for architecture photography, are there any good tips I have missed that you think are invaluable?
If so, pop them in the comments section below!