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!

monument photography

5 Tips for Monument Photography

Travel to any destination would be incomplete if you don’t check out the historical monuments. The old structures and stories play an influential role in creating the society and its culture. They often get etched in our memories as post cards from the past and are cherished as few of the most wonderful moments of our lives. As tourists, you are naturally tempted to take photos of yourself along with the monuments. You want to capture every square inch of the periphery for memory’s sake. But photographing monuments can sometimes be very challenging. It can also turn out to be a bummer owning to various reasons. Here are some tips to get the best photos of monuments.

monument photography

Camera

Needless to say, your camera needs to be of a good quality. If you plan to buy a camera, look for the one which does well in low –light conditions. Many monuments tend to have a lot of shadows and can be a challenge to capture well. Cameras with capabilities in low lights will be helpful in such cases to capture an even tone picture while maintaining details.

Flash

Sometimes, the shadows can be really difficult to capture in natural light. Consider using your flash light for an even tone exposure. Clicking a photo with flash needs a bit of trial and error as it depends on your judgement of distance from the subject. Being too close to the subject can over expose the image and being too far can under expose it. Find the optimum distance and get shooting.

Patience

Patience is a virtue and it would be tested. Clicking photos of monuments can demand a bit of patience from you. You need to be careful of the shadows of people coming into the frame and ruining your image. Look around the place and search for interesting angles to frame the image. Sometimes composing the image in your mind before clicking can make life much easier.

Time of Visit

Plan your visit smartly. Shoot during the golden hours, (7am to 10am and 4pm to 6pm) for the best light.  Diffused light is excellent for your photos; giving you stunning picture quality with high quality details.

Try Panoramas

Capturing the entire scene can be more convenient than clicking at every few metres. Most modern cameras have a Panorama mode built-in them. However if you have to do it manually, stand straight with your feet apart and click, turning from your waist. Overlap the photos so it is easier to stitch them together through a digital editing software.

It is very rewarding to have wonderful pictures from your trips. Some day in the future, you’ll look back and reminiscence the amazing monuments and the golden moments. Follow these tips for monument photography and get the perfect shots for your next trip to beautiful monuments.

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.