7 Tips That Architectural Photographers Have To Watch Out For

Posted on: 23rd December 2013

Architectural PhotographersIf your architectural photos seem to be no different from each other or that they may be lacking from flair or pizzazz, then why not opt for a change? Why not try capturing sensational building photos after dark? That would add a twist you need for your portfolio and make viewers look at your images in a whole new light.

Here are 7 tried-and-tested strategies and techniques to get you up and going with your architectural photography.

  1. Add sparkle to it.

Street light that sparkle in your background would definitely add some magical effect to the composition. To do this, make sure you have greater depth of field by using a narrow aperture – f/16 – making your shots clear and sharp.

  1. Study your composition.

There are things you have to consider before firing away those shots. Observe the scene and look for areas which are darker, brighter or more interesting than the other angles. This would help you make the most out of your night photography. Capturing the most photogenic part of the building and its surroundings would add a lot of interest to the picture. Just zoom with your wide angle lens or if possible, move closer to the subject.

  1. Enable your mirror lock-up mode.

You want to avoid the tiniest camera movement which includes the mirror inside your camera. To prevent it from moving up and down, use your mirror lock-up.

  1. Use the self-timer.

Night photography usually calls for long exposures. But even pressing the shutter button can contribute to camera shake. If you don’t want to have blurred images, just use the built-in self-timer of your camera.

  1. Set the White Balance manually.

This will prevent your camera from getting confused about which White Balance setting is the best for your architectural photography at night. Warming up your scenes or making them more orange would require Cloudy – 6000K. On the other hand, cooling down the temperature or making your scenes look bluer would need Tungsten – 3200K.

  1. Be careful with the ISO setting.

It all depends on the location, background and other essential elements in your composition. Keep the ISO at 100 if you are shooting city structures. It will keep the noise level to a minimum and would get the most out of the details all around the scene. Try ISO 1000-1600 if you are capturing details of an outdoor performance at night. That would ensure faster shutter speed.

  1. Include other interesting elements in the scene.

Since it would be quite impossible to isolate your subject, why not incorporate other elements into your composition? People, trees and other moving details can add interest and complexity to your images. If you want to creatively blur a moving crowd or speeding vehicles, use a shutter speed of 1/4-1/2 seconds.

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