Digital Architectural Photography
Get Structure when doing Digital Architectural Photography!
Digital architectural photography involves taking pictures of buildings and other large structures. It can be an incredibly rewarding form of photography, but also one that is quite challenging. If you decide to try digital architectural photography, you will need to decide whether you want to capture accurate images of buildings, or whether you want to be different or artistic and produce something special and possibly arty. Creative digital architectural photography appeals to a lot of people, but it does take a lot of skill to be commercially successful, and not just trendy.
In general, architectural photography might involve taking photos of just about anything that is structural. The reasons that a building needs to be photographed are just as vast and varied. Some photographers make a living from taking photos for various clients, including estate agents and sellers of property. But others are able to take gorgeous shots that show buildings from a completely different perspective that really do become small (but sometimes quite important) works of art.
So if you are going to take pictures of buildings, the first thing to be sure of is what is required. If you are expected to produce a life-like image, don't try to be too creative. Using a wide angle lens from a low viewpoint may result in an amazing image, but it isn't going to show correct perspective or size. But if you want to create a really nice arty photograph, exaggerating perspective can work amazingly well, for example by getting on the ground and looking up at the structure.
If you are simply experimenting with photographs of buildings, it's a good idea to play about with various view points. Take photos from different angles and try different compositions. Good photographs of buildings and other structures do not always need to have the entire structure in the picture. Sometimes the very best are of features, like balconies or pillars or even doors and windows.
If you decide to experiment with this type of photography, you might also want to try different lenses. You might be amazed at the different effects you will be able to achieve when you try experimenting with digital architectural photography.