As the observant amongst you may have noticed I take a lot of photos of buildings. I Don’t know why, but it just turns out that I do. Anyway, these are my top tips for taking photos of buildings.
Use a tripod
Any photography is greatly improved by using a tripod, and taking photos of buildings is no exception. Not only will it help with your composition it will greatly reduce camera shake.
Pick your moment
Building photography does not always happen in the “golden hours” of dawn and dusk. To pick your moment you need to work out where the sun is going to be and aim for when the sun will light up the building from the angle you want.
Although the “golden hours” can create wonderful colours and lighting for architectural photography many buildings are floodlit and can produce dramatic shots at dusk and night.
Pay attention to the weather
With most building shots you will almost always end up with a lot of sky in the photo. A stormy sky can add a lot of drama to a shot as opposed to a uniform bright blue.
Try to include nearby objects or detail in the foreground or background (or both) where appropriate. This helps to give a sense of scale. But avoid making the composition too cluttered.
Keep it sharp
Use a small aperture. This will not only give sharper images but will also create greater depth of field.
Keep your distance
Wide-angle lenses can produce a lot of distortion. To help keep your buildings straight keep your distance and use a mid focal length zoom
For tall buildings, try to a high vantage point. Up another building, up a hill or similar. Shooting upwards can cause converging lines in your photo. While sometimes a desired effect, getting high will help to reduce it when not wanted.
Try to keep your shot litter free. If there are crowds around use a tripod (see number1) and take serveral shots. Then you can clone over the untidy areas in photoshop later.
Keep your eyes open
Look for interesting or unusual features. Try to make the most of them. Look for different angles. Remember to keep looking back to see where you’ve been. The best shot may be behind you.