Architectural Photography do’s and don’ts

Updated: Mar 22

Isabella Santoro

Photography Editor

Photo by Isabella Santoro

There are many different ways to take architectural photos and many mistakes you might encounter along the way. Here are some tips and tricks to guide you on your architecture photography journey.

Do take many kinds of photos

Take photos of all different types of architecture such as homes, stores, buildings, etc. It’s a great idea to get an idea of what kinds of architecture you enjoy taking photos of. By snapping photos of every building that interests you, you’ll get a great idea of what exactly you’re looking for. Some architecture may not catch your eye but it can always appeal to others and by snapping many different photos, you can appeal to a larger audience.

Don’t shy away from imperfection

Some of the best photos of architecture come from run down or broken down buildings such as old factories or abandoned buildings. There’s something very stunning about capturing a building in ruins or one that’s about to be demolished. Why not take a photo that will last a lifetime of a building that can’t. Always look for things in an artistic perspective. Buildings with art and graffiti are some of the coolest pieces to capture, especially those with art on them. They not only capture the essence of the building but the artist behind the art on said building. Why not showcase the wonderful art that appears on architecture.

Do edit your photographs and give them filters

If editing is up your alley, then enhance certain aspects of the architecture you’re capturing. Whether it be highlighting one part of a building or a design on said building, or the whole picture in general. Make sure that you know which areas you want to stand out and those you don't. It’s okay if you decide to give your photographs a noir filter or a super colorful filter. That is what will showcase the best parts of your architecture. If your image is too wide, make it smaller. If your image is too bright, darken it. Too dark, then brighten it. Whatever you decide is up to you, but make sure you’re the most comfortable with the work you’ve produced.

Don’t be too broad

One thing you want to avoid when it comes to architecture photography is making sure you’re not taking extremely broad photographs. These can seem like they are doing too much all at once. What you want to focus on is detailed images that are displaying less but contain a lot of meaning. If you’re taking a photo of an area that shows too much, it can be hard for your audience to understand what you’re trying to do with your work. Pick architecture that has a deeper meaning and also doesn’t feel too overcrowded.


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