5 Free Guides That Will Make You Better at Photographing Architecture

Architectural photography may seem fairly straightforward but to get good results consistently, there are some important points to remember before releasing the shutter. Lighting, white balance, converging lines, and composition are just some of the key factors to keep in mind when you are out to capture a great architectural photograph.

In this post, we have collected 5 free guides that will teach you how to make the most of any photographic opportunity that a beautiful building or a cityscape presents to you. They cover various topics related to architectural photography and are filled with helpful tips and guidelines on shooting in different photographic situations. Do check them out.

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(Note: If you would like to improve your photography composition and learn concepts that go beyond the basics, we recommend Photzy’s best-selling guide Advanced Composition for an in-depth training on the subject.)

Converging lines being put to great use. Photo by paul bica

1. Artful Architecture

In this guide, photographer Teddi Tostanoski shares her insights on photographing architecture, with discussion on topics like the role of perspective (and the five different perspective choices that you have), lighting, architectural interiors and 360-degree photographs, plus loads of useful tips.


2. Utilizing Composition in Architectural Photography

This guide by photographer David Veldman explores the different composition techniques you can utilize when photographing architecture- from the more obvious ones such as ‘front and center' technique to the less obvious ones like ‘get in close', ‘balance' and ‘shapes and lines'.


3. How to Successfully Photograph Architecture at Night

In this guide, photographer Aaron Seefeld talks specifically about photographing architecture at night. There are different sections that cover the different stages of the shoot – planning, gear considerations, camera setup and post-processing tips – this guide covers it all for you in sufficient detail.


4. Architectural Photography

This is a 12-page feature article from Digital Photographer magazine, where professional architectural photographer Chris Humphreys shares his expert advice on how to take great photographs of buildings and talks about the challenges facing an architectural photographer.


5. Real Estate Photography

This concise guide on real estate photography from Obeo puts together tons of helpful tips related to the topic. There is a detailed section on how to prepare a home for a photo shoot that provides useful checklists for each area of the home to get the best possible shots.


Get Better at Photographic Composition

If you would like to improve your photography composition and learn concepts that go beyond the basics, we recommend Photzy’s best-selling guide Advanced Composition for an in-depth training on the subject. With this guide, you will learn how to see light, shadow, lines, curves, repetition, juxtaposition and much more, and also develop the skills of anticipation, pre-visualization and timing. Click here now to check it out.

About the author

Ritesh Saini

Ritesh has been photographing for about seven years now and his photographic interests have varied from nature and landscapes to street photography. You can see his photography on Flickr or on his website.

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