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9 Architectural Photography Tips

9 Architectural Photography Tips

1. Exposure

Be sensitive to the direction of light as this can increase contrast, shadows, textures, and reflections. High levels of contrast can fool cameras into exposing the scene incorrectly, but shooters can easily overcome this by applying exposure compensation. Another trick is to bracket shots at different exposure values (exposing one for the highlights, one for the mid-tones and one for the shadows) and later merge them with HDR software such as Adobe Lightroom.

2. Lens

A fish eye or wide-angle lens (and focal length) is ideal for this genre as it enables photographers to frame the entire building within its environment. However, sometimes your glass may not be able to encompass the whole scene, which is where the panoramic format can come in handy. Many compacts now offer a specific Scene mode for stitching together several shots in camera, but the same effect can be achieved post-shoot with dedicated panoramic software such as; as Hugin or PTgui if you are shooting with a DSLR.

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