7 tips to take your architectural photography to the next level

Jan 17, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

7 tips to take your architectural photography to the next level

Jan 17, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Architectural photography is something that many of us try at some point in our photographic lives. I certainly have, on a number of occasions, although the results have never really been that good.

No doubt I’ll give it another go the next time I find myself in some beautiful town or city. But this time, I’ll have a few words of architectural wisdom from the guys at COOPH. In this video, they offer up seven tips to help us improve our architectural photography efforts.

  1. Compose with solid lines – Solid lines allow us to frame and block out our shot, while also offering leading lines to the main point of interest.
  2. Shoot upward – When you’re in a city with tall buildings, don’t forget to look up. I’d probably forget photoshopping planes into the shot, though.
  3. Capture curvature – Just like lines, curves can also lead towards your point of interest and accentuate form or frame your subject.
  4. Shoot wide – Wide angles offer some fantastic views of architecture, and allow you to capture a lot of unusual detail.
  5. Compose with negative space – Buildings can be quite large and foreboding. Negative space can help balance things back out.
  6. Abstract patterns – Search for regular and repeated patterns in the architecture. They can make for very pleasing compositions.
  7. Create symmetry – Symmetry in photographs often presents a mood of calmness and serenity.

I think I’m going to have to jot down some notes before the next time I head into the city with my camera.

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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