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SHOOTING ARCHITECTURE AND LANDMARKS

Any destination you decide to explore has some architectonic elements that really worth a visit and at least one shot. Ancient or contemporary, unconventional or traditional, architecture is always part of a trip and it is very likely that you would love shooting architecture and landmarks that characterize your destination.

Glass façade and reflections.
Glass façade and reflections.

The famous stunning pictures of the professional photographers show both the amazing buildings and the actual architectonic projects, as well as the unpleasant architecture of some suburban spaces, offering us a truthful view of the reality of our times.

But, how to capture this architectonic elements in the best way without obtaining a mediocre shot? Here you are some easy tips to get the most from your photographs:

As always in photography, consider light as the most important element. Use it wisely! When related to architecture, it can create shadows, highlight some features of the building, or light up some elements like texture and reflections that will give a meaningful sense at your caption. Indeed, the effect of light on the building changes continuously… when possible then, shoot it on different moments.

Ancient architecture, Petra.
Ancient architecture, Petra.

For external shots consider to use a wide angle lens to better capture the building and the surrounding space. Use environment to add meaning to the picture and to give it a more peculiar or creative slant, consider color as an important element.

Color contrast.
Color contrast.

Architecture by the way, is not only what you see from the outside. The interior spaces of the buildings are the most of the time as interesting as the exterior ones

Inside the buildings, though, could be hard to obtain a nice shot due, not only to the lack of light, but also because of the presence of artificial illumination used to light up the spaces.

In this case a tripod and an external light could come in handy, even though the use of a flash could totally change the mood and sensations of the situation. Consider it well before shooting and take more than one single picture, changing position and frame.

Interior architecture, spiral staircase.
Interior architecture, spiral staircase.

To give you some ideas more, we suggest you to play with perspective, and to use lines and lights to stress what interests you the most of the building: its dimensions, its textures, its shape, the symmetry or the presence of other contrasting buildings in the surroundings.

Moreover, consider black and white as a plus to your picture; sometimes this effect can help define some graphical elements and add nice contrasts.

Skyscaper symmetry and reflections.
Skyscaper symmetry and reflections.

As any place or person, even a building has its own story. Exactly as you do for people or landscapes, try to capture this story in your picture to give meaning at your shoot. You can observe the work of incredible inspiring artists like Iwan Baan, one of the actual renowned names in architectural photography to take inspiration from.

Contrast between modern and ancient architecture
Contrast between modern and ancient architecture

Among the many opportunities to find inspiration for your pictures, we suggest you Davide Perbellini. His architectonic shots are stunning and we suggest you to keep on looking at the website for the amazing phototours he is going to propose and recommend us. Join him to discover and learn how to shot architectural features in the best way.

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