The only way to see how beautiful an architectural building looks like or how artistically a company’s interior is designed is by being there; and if you can’t do that, then well shot photographs are the next best thing. With thousands of photographs being uploaded on the internet daily, it’s hard to make yours stand out. If done correctly, and with the help of experienced professionals, then your pictures can actually outshine those of others.
To sum it up, architecture and interior photography is a work of art. With that said, let’s discover the ways to get a winning shot:
1. Use your Eyes before you Use your Camera
A professional architecture and interiors photographer will always see places through their eyes first and that usually takes the form of shooting the building with the client on a scout. With the guidance of the Designer, he’ll find the views of the building that have the most iconic design forms. Then he’ll shoot a few different angles of these sections to be sure he has the boldest view. These images will be used by both him and the Client to see whether or not certain views would look better with people, additional lighting or props, or that require special attention like needing to turn on a fountain that might otherwise be off during morning light. Every detail has to be taken into account. For instance, one crooked frame on the wall or a crooked lampshade might not look so flawed through your eyes, but in the final result, that single imperfection can make the whole photograph a failure.
2. Lighting is Camera’s Best Accomplice
While capturing a scene under the sun might not need special attention, when it comes to interior photography, proper lightening is all that matters. As a photographer, one has to be extra attentive to the light, the balance of its brightness, color, and quality as it can intensify certain textures while putting other areas into darkness. Lighting can be manipulated by photographers by augmenting with additional strobe or hot lights and sculpting the light with black flags and other similar tools.
3. Use the Weather to your Advantage
Looking at the Taj Mahal on a bright sunny day may feel like a pleasant view but when you see it through the lens of your camera, it may look just like another ordinary shot. Architectural photography can become tenfold better when dramatic weather conditions are used to intensify the greatness of a picture. For instance, capturing a building at dawn or dusk when the deep blues of the sky are reflected off its windows and contrasted with the warmth of the interior lighting can be breathtaking.
4. Catch the Lines
As a professional photographer, it is important to keep the vertical lines of your buildings straight. More often than not, it is a much stronger image if the vertical lines are not leaning one way or another; unless it is the leaning tower of Pisa. But even with the leaning tower of Pisa, it is preferable to have its diagonal lines parallel.
5. Use your Tools
While different photographers have their own unique style of taking a photo that satisfies them, it is still better to use the tools that professional photographers have been using for decades. A sturdy tripod and a computer to which you can tether, capture, and immediately see your image can help you ensure that your view is properly lit, that the vertical lines are in fact straight, and your pictures are sharp.