Taking pictures of architectural marvels allows people to have a visual understanding of structures they may not be able to see actually; it also gives the students an opportunity to expand their architectural vocabulary.
Photography is of use to even those who do not engage in it. There are some wonderful, amazing architectural constructs in the world. Everyone may not make it to their location to view them physically.
There are disadvantages too. The photographer remains immune to what had come before and what is to come afterwards. The weather, dust, people, change, etc will alter the look of the building years later. The construction also took pain and months of deliberation and effort to create. All of this doesn’t reflect in the photograph.
To the architect who builds it, the photograph is a sort of escape.
Clicking pictures of an architectural wonder takes patience. One has to click several times to get that one excellent shot.
- Prepare to click all of a sudden. Carry your camera/equipment around with you. You never know when inspiration will strike. When you head for a location you are planning to shoot, you will have your camera ready but some times you will have to click impromptu.
- Click on different weather conditions and day times. Different weather conditions produce different effects on the photo and the sun moves to create different light conditions and shadows. Before planning to walk out, take a look at the weather report for the day and days to come. Or else you may ruin the photo and the equipment too.
- Carry different set of lens. Fish eye, wide angle etc are more used for architectural photos. Creating the perfect shot requires use of several types of lenses. All buildings may not into a single frame in which case you can use the panoramic view.
- Prioritize good lighting. Lighting makes a difference to a photograph. A well lit space may reveal much more than a poorly lit one and make all the difference between a mediocre and a perfect shot.
- Take your time. Unless you are doing an impromptu shoot, plan your shooting to last for as long as it is needed to get that ultimate one. Set aside time from your schedule.
- Snaps have perspective. Try to get that unique one for your picture. Look for that unique aspect or an angle that hasn’t been explored before.
- If required include people. Humans may very well be a part of the frame. Some may say no to this idea. But a building may feel only concrete and not real without the human aspect to it.
- Use your unique idea to create a picture that may be different from what the next person is creating. Photography isn’t only technical. There is the artistic aspect to it.
- Use post processing. There are software tools to create the final edited image that you can share with the world.
- Share using social media or your own website. There are several media available. Host yoru own exhibition too, if required.