Photographing Buildings.

I seem to photograph a lot of buildings – not just for profit, often just for fun, and because I like buildings, – especially if they have historical significance – and the even better if they are derelict!

Here’s a few simple hints to make your architectural photography a bit more enjoyable.

1 Focus in on the Details.

What makes this building special? Was there something the architect or builder really wanted us to notice? Find it and get a camera angle that brings out the distinctive features of the building.

2 Get Spacial!

Every building occupies a space. But why? Why is it the size it is, how far is it from other buildings. What sets it apart? Wide angle lens or close up? What will show the spacial aspects of the building? Look around the location. Look for the elements of design within the patterns in the building. Find those patterns. Create visual themes, series of images linked by a common theme, stairways, shapes, shadows etc.


Remember those racks of picture postcards you used to see at the seaside? Look at your target building. How would it look on a postcard? Could you make it look like a postcard? Try. Move your camera angle. Experiment with zoom, try a different image format. Be adventurous. Do something unexpected.

4 Watch Perspective.

Be aware of the parallel lines in your composition.  Not too many of us can afford ’tilt and shift’ lenses, so try to get the lines in perspective by moving the camera position, and later in post-capture, by using the transform panel in Lightroom.


Crumlin Road Gaol
Crumlin Road Gaol

So, what’s stopping you? There are buildings everywhere. New buildings, old buildings, derelict buildings. Lift your camera and go photograph them in a way they haven’t been photographed before.



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