Architectural photography is possibly one of the most challenging types of photography there is. We see buildings every day of our lives, and most of them have been seen from just about every angle already. Seeing and photographing them in a new or interesting way isn’t easy.
This video from 30×40 Design Workshop was actually posted to YouTube a couple of years ago, but it’s not one I’d seen before and it offers some great advice for those wishing to pursue architecture photography.
At the beginning of the video, Eric Reinholdt, the boss at 30×40, admits that he is not a professional architectural photographer, but Eric is a professional architect and he likes to photograph his work. He’s picked up some tips along the way that he thinks will help others, which is what he talks about in the video above. He also goes over some of the mistakes he’s made to help prevent you from making them yourself.
Eric covers things like keystoning (converging verticals) and sure, you could go buy a tilt-shift lens, but Eric shows how you can deal with the issue in software, too. Tripods, lens choice and focal length, lighting, creative use of white balance and telling a story with your images are also covered.
This isn’t just a technical how-to video. Eric talks about a lot of the creative and stylistic choices we might want to make as photographers, too, and how they might affect the image or the viewer’s perception of it. Well worth a watch.