The art of architecture
Buildings are fascinating subjects to photograph. Most countries have their own styles of architecture, so every new trip you make opens up interesting possibilities for your camera.
Modern buildings are best photographed in bright, sunny weather, when the strong light enhances their sleek design and sharp angles. Older buildings are better suited to the warm sunlight of an early morning or late afternoon. This will bring out the colour and texture of stonework.
One problem you will come across when photographing buildings is that of ‘converging verticals’. This occurs when you tilt your camera upwards to include the top of a tall building.
The sides of the building appear to lean inwards. If you want to avoid this, move further back so that you can include all of the building without tilting the camera. However, if this is not possible, move in closer and tilt the camera up even more. This will make the vertical converge even more, giving impact to the image.
Attention to detail
When visiting new places, it is all too easy to be overwhelmed by the main views and miss the detail.
A small carving above a doorway or a close-up of a flower in a field can capture the spirit of a place just as well as a panoramic picture. The answer, of course, is to shoot both types of image – but this is not always possible if you only have a short period of time available.
With experience – and a good eye for a picture – you will be able to spot the opportunities and capture the best images with just a few exposures. It just takes time – and lots of practice.