Architectural photography is a sub-genre of photography that aims to create visual records or documentation of various architectural structures. In addition to this purpose, certain aspects of architectural photography are also used to visualize the development process (evolution) of particular towns and cities.
When it comes to architectural photography, the focus is placed more on the business potential of the shot as opposed to its creative potential. Due to the fact that this is a comprehensive kind of commercial photography, there is a stringent necessity for the very finest gears and devices so that maximum accuracy may be achieved.
The following is a list of the required equipment for architecture photography:
- The normal lens minimum is 12 millimeters, while the sensor accommodation is 18 millimeters.
- A minimum of 10 megapixels on the digital SLR camera for optimal detail capture
- An exposure control disc to regulate white balance since an excessive amount of illumination makes this a significant problem.
- A tripod equipped with a geared head and a hot shoe bubble level might be of assistance in making essential adjustments to the focal length and in keeping the picture level.
- Flash units for which the SB 800 is recommended to be used.
These are some of the technical considerations that need to be taken into account while pursuing professional architecture photography; however, there are a few other things as well that need to be attended to before a picture can be considered a successful architectural shot. The following are some of the criteria for an architectural photograph:
- The image needs to show the majority of the building; specifically, the top and bottom sections of the building are required to be included, since their presence makes the picture more comprehensive.
In the shot, the actual proportions of the structure should be preserved, and the camera settings should be changed so that they are appropriate for the amount of available light.
In order to preserve the photograph’s authenticity and ensure that it is original, very little alteration should be done to it.
- The backdrop should not draw more attention to itself than the subject of the shot, since the subject of an architectural photograph (the structure) is the most essential feature.
These are the essential components of an image depicting architecture.
In addition, there are many additional things that may be added in the picture in order to make an impression; however, some things must also be taken care of in order to ensure that the image quality and its uniqueness are not compromised. To make a good shot of architecture, it is advised that you follow these few points:
- To capture more color detail in the photograph, you should use a longer shutter time and a wide aperture. ISO 400 or 640 is the ideal setting.
- Maintain a spotless image sensor as well as your lenses at all times.
- Take as many shots as you can of the structure, bearing in mind that the topic should be in the center of the frame and that you should move around it on a circular axis; doing so will help you catch every facet of the subject.
- Position your camera so that it is around 4.5 to 5 feet above the ground. This will allow you to more easily concentrate on the topic, and you should ideally look down.
- Keep the amount of editing and after-effects to a minimum in order to preserve the authenticity and uniqueness of the content.
- Keep for the widest possible shot you can get.
- Keep the data for as long as you possibly can, as this will be helpful for future reference and will portray a professional image for you.
As architectural photography is a demanding business activity, below are some tips that may help novices get started. The only thing that can guarantee success in this line of work is expertise, which can only be acquired by consistent and dedicated work.