Architecture Photography

4 Tips for Architecture Photography

In our pursuit to be as creative as nature, the human mind has developed many interesting patterns over the course of its existence.  This is reflected in the clothes, accessories and architecture that humans have developed. Just like shooting nature, capturing various styles of architecture does catch on to a curious shutterbug. Intricate details that resemble trellis or strong Roman columns that resemble the elephant’s legs are just a few analogies that inspired our design. For enthusiastic architecture photographers here are 4 tips for architecture photography.

Architecture Photography

1 Prepare:

Preparation is the key element in architecture photography. Check for the opening and closing timings of the place you wish to shoot. Visit the place during the early hours or half an hour before the closing.  Don’t forget to check the weather and try to shoot in the golden light period. Some places may require prior permission, so it is highly recommended that you visit the authorities and inform them about your shoot.

2 Equipment:

Shooting architecture will require some specific gear like wide-angle and ultra-wide-angle lens. We’d recommend a telephoto lens to capture some specific parts of the structure. A tripod and UV filters are highly recommended for the shoot.  The tripod gives you the liberty to click long exposure shots for the shadows inside the structure. The UV filters would work really well in cases where there is direct sunlight.

3 Composition:

Architecture needs to be shot with great care. Try to keep the frame clean and devoid of distracting elements. Since your frames will be tight, be very careful in composing your image.  The rule of the thirds always works and you could try it depending on the subject you plan to shoot. In case of stairs you could try using the ‘Leading Lines’ technique to accentuate the building’s features.

4 Colour or Black & White:

This choice is largely depended on the photographer’s choice and style. While colour photos add a lot of vibrancy to the image, black & white photos create a greater sense of depth.  Since structures have shadows and bright spot, it is crucial to getting the contrast right. Colour photos work great while showcasing the building’s structural features and can be used perfectly.

With these tips in your mind, we are sure that you will click some stunning architecture photos that have the ‘wow’ factor!

Do share your thoughts in the comments below!

Photography from a train

Photography from a Train

Everybody loves to travel and it’s never a surprise to see people often visiting new places or simply going back to their roots. Many great travellers like Ibn Batuta travelled extensively on primeval modes of transport. They often stressed that travel is about the journey, not the destination. Back in those days, journeys would surely be fascinating and yet extremely testing. Things have surely changed since those times and we have the luxuries of travelling by trains and airplanes! Of all the modern modes of travel, train journeys offer the most wholesome experience of the journey. If you ask me, photography from a train is tricky, but here are some tips that can make you a pro:

Photography from a train

1. Get a good spot

On the train, getting a good spot is crucial. Try finding a clear window with lesser grills and enough space for your lens to peek out safely.

2. Anticipate

Since you’re moving at a fairly decent speed, a fair bit of anticipation is required to frame and capture images. If your train is about to turn away from your subject, you’ve got to be quick and take the shots. Sometimes it may involve spotting gaps in the foliage and releasing the shutter perfectly in between those moments of clear space.

3. Shutter Speed and Lenses

Your shutter speeds have to account for the train’s motion. If you are looking to capture images with a slight blur, try using a slightly slower shutter speed of about 1/60- 1/80s. For crisp and life like images, use a higher shutter speeds of 1/200 and above. Make sure that you compensate the aperture for the shutter speed.

There isn’t much scope for wide-angle photos when you’re shooting scenes outside a train. Look to carry lenses over 70mm to capture some stunning landscapes.

4. Shoot in RAW

It would surely be difficult to get the lighting perfect at all times. Expect to capture some over exposed and some under exposed images. Shooting in RAW helps you capture all the data in your frame without compressing details. This makes the files heavier but it also gives you the liberty to edit the shadows, mids and highlights with better results.

5. Practice caution

Perch yourself on a good seat, that allows you to have a clear view outside. While you are shooting, keep a watch for flying debris as it could damage your camera. Do not put your hand out of the window; be patient and frame the shot safely.

Photography from a train should now be simple with these tips & a keen eye.

How To Photograph Snow

How to Photograph Snow

With the first snow, we see a transition in the nature around us. Life seems to take a pause, preparing to hibernate until spring knocks on the door. Photography enthusiasts around the world will be out with their cameras capturing the beautiful snow. Learn how to photograph snow in a language that is easy to understand.

Snow Photography

Aperture:

Finding the right balance is the key to achieving the picture you have in your mind. A wider aperture will help you get a soft background with the snow-flakes slightly out of focus, forming a snow-bokeh.

Choosing to work with a small aperture will produce a sharper image where the darker outlines of the background would be merged with the snow. In this setting, using a slower shutter speed can help you achieve the streak effect in your foreground.

Shutter Speed:

The shutter speed influences the light and the form that snowflakes take in the photo. A slow shutter speed will get you streaks of snowflakes, while a fast shutter speed will help you freeze a the action, giving you a sharper image sprinkled with snowflakes.

Focal Length:

Your focal length will determine the scene you create in an image. Long focal lengths make your image more compact and concise. It gives your picture a layered look and the finer elements of the background become soft. This helps you lead your viewer’s eye through the depths of the photo.

Light:

Sun and snow don’t go well together. The sunlight is reflected powerfully off the snowflakes blotting the highlights of the image. Overcast conditions are perfect to do a snow shoot, but you could take the HDR route to shoot when the sun is shining brightly. You can produce some stunning HDR images in the snow by balancing the highlights & kids with the lows. Carefully frame the image to get the most out of HDR effect.

White Vignette:

This is a nifty trick to make your photo stand out and worth hanging up on a wall. Just as we use a black vignette for lomographic photos, try using a white vignette for your snow photos. This renders a flowing wintery feel to the image.

Don’t hesitate to try various combinations of aperture, shutter speed &focal lengths to get interesting images.