After understanding the general tips for shooting buildings (if you didn’t yet, read this previous article), now let me share a variety of easy-to-use composition methods, so everyone can follow a guide when shooting. Now let’s get started!

(1) Invincible Trichotomy/Golden Section

If you pay attention to the articles of Fotobeginnerusa Introduction to Photography or have a basic understanding of photography, you will be familiar with this often-used method. The three-point method or the golden section method is also very useful when shooting buildings, which can be used as a basis for composition, then apply other composition techniques to it. When using this method divides the photo horizontally and vertically into 3 lines, and place the target at the intersection or line!


(2) Diagonal Composition

For long structures like city walls and bridges, the use of diagonal composition can be a good place to place buildings and the diagonal has a guiding effect.


(3) Frame Composition

Frame composition allows the viewers to focus on the building that they want to shoot. Maybe you can use doors or windows to make these virtual frames to make your photos impressive.


(4) Triangle Composition

If you want to express a sense of stability, the triangle composition is perfect! You can make a single building form a triangular composition, or use multiple buildings to combine, depending on the environment! Sometimes you can also use triangle composition for close-ups.



(5) Inverted Triangle Composition

The Triangle composition in the previous tip can be used upside down. It is most suitable for shooting bridge cables or beautiful roofs and ceilings.


(6) Make Good use of Leading Line

As mentioned in the previous point, a diagonal line can be used as a leading line, of course, it can also be in other directions as well. The leading line does not have to be straight an S-shape or an arc shape is also usable. It also does not have to be a real “line”, and a dotted line may be formed by multiple objects.


(7) Use the Foreground to Set Off

The foreground is very important in a photo, and it also applies to buildings! If you can find a matching foreground to adorn a building, the effect will be much better!


(8) Middle/Symmetrical Composition

Some buildings are symmetrical. Now we can apply this in the middle of the photo, and use the “rule of third” for a harmonious and beautiful composition. You can also use the software to cut the photo into a square for a better result.


(9) Use of Perspective Lines

Place the target building in the middle of the photo and use the surrounding objects to achieve the perspective effect.


These 9 points are some suggestions on composition. Now you can produce more beautiful photos according to the actual environment. Practice and think about the key to taking amazing photos.


Author: Alex Tam