This week your challenge is to photograph a frame-worthy photo of architecture.
First choose your location, or if you are lucky you may chance upon something spectacular. You may need to check that the premises are open and that you are permitted to enter the grounds. Your choices for architecture are everywhere, classic, contemporary, urban, rural, new, dilapidated and industrial.
The first and foremost thing I can suggest is take your time. Don’t rush it. Give yourself time to really look at the building in all its glory. Explore its different features, if you can, inside and out. Take time to walk around all sides to discover which areas will provide you with the best and most unique architectural shots.
Pay attention to the light. Look for interesting shadows, reflections in windows. As the light changes textural elements can increase as well as contrast. Don’t rule out silhouettes as the sun sets.
Your position can have an effect on the way buildings look, just like the light does. Take shots from different angles. Always remember to look up and down. If you can bend your knees get down low and get a bugs eye view looking up. It could be impressive. Get a birds eye view and look down, get in nice and close and shoot from further back. If you have a wide-angle lens or a fisheye, use it for creativity. Don’t forget detailed shots of interesting elements.
If you have chosen your location make sure you look at the weather report as the weather can make or break the type of shot you are looking for – cloudy, rainy, stormy, clear, sunny, etc.
Sometimes a storm brewing overhead, swirling clouds, rain falling down and even a rainbow can enhance the quality of the photo and intensify the atmosphere. Try a slow shutter speed.
Think about whether you want to present it in black and white or colour.
Now go out there and produce an amazing architecture shot. Take your time, use your imagination and above all, enjoy yourself and have fun. I can’t wait to see what you come up with.