If you like to travel around, you will shoot for landmarks or buildings, so what skills should you pay attention to when shooting? How can beautiful buildings be photographed?

(1) Thinking about the shooting time and light source

If you can arrange a special time for the visit, you may wish to think about when the light source can take beautiful photos, for example:

  • Sunrise, sunset or “Magic Hour” hour
  • The time when the lights are on at night
  • Backlit shooting silhouette
  • Sidelight highlights the texture of the building
  • Backlight highlights feeling

The above example can be used as a reference, but if you can’t arrange the time deliberately, please try to find an angle to match the light after arrival, and shoot the ideal effect.

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Choosing Magic Hour time shooting can add a lot of atmosphere to the building.

The time of sunrise and sunset, or the side light can also make the outline of the building more prominent, and the color is also very beautiful!

The time of sunrise and sunset, or the side light can also make the outline of the building more prominent, and the color is also very beautiful!

(2) Super Wide-Angle Shooting

When using an ultra-wide-angle lens, not only can you shoot more scenery, but you can also use the distortion of the lens to achieve an exaggerated effect, making buildings look more magnificent. The angle at the time of shooting is also very important. Shooting from a low place can achieve stronger deformation, but remember to stop it, to not damage the beauty of the photo.

Using the ultra-wide angle of 16mm under the full frame, the building can be photographed more imposingly.

Using the ultra-wide angle of 16mm under the full-frame, the building can be photographed more imposingly.

(3) Shooting Close-Ups

It is not necessary to photograph all the buildings. Sometimes some representative signs, text, carvings, textures, and even flags are also worth shooting. You can use a telephoto lens or approach the target to shoot close-up photos.

Some close-ups of buildings such as sculptures are also worth shooting.

Some close-ups of buildings such as sculptures are also worth shooting.

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Not even focusing on the building itself can highlight the characteristics of the building.

(4) Shooting Reflection

Reflection is also a very interesting creative technique. If it is a modern building, it usually has glass material, then you can shoot the reflective surface on the glass. Reference: Tips for shooting mirror lakes and reflections

Make good use of reflections to set off buildings.  (Photo by {link: https: //www.flickr.com/photos/timtom/5180047182} Thomas Guignard {/ link})

Make good use of reflections to set off buildings.
(Photo by {link: https: //www.flickr.com/photos/timtom/5180047182} Thomas Guignard {/ link})

The glass material is also a good opportunity for shooting reflections.  (Photo by {link: https: //www.flickr.com/photos/jonathanadami/8225985917} Jonathan Adami {/ link})

The glass material is also a good opportunity for shooting reflections.
(Photo by {link: https: //www.flickr.com/photos/jonathanadami/8225985917} Jonathan Adami {/ link})

(5) Attention Level

If the buildings photographed have a balanced structure, we must pay attention to the level of the photo. Unless you will use a special composition, a stable level can make the reader more comfortable to see.

Even if it is an ordinary building, the level is also an important point to pay attention to.  (Photo by {link: https: //www.flickr.com/photos/rene-germany/2316340092/i} Rene Schwietzke {/ link})

Even if it is an ordinary building, the level is also an important point to pay attention to.
(Photo by {link: https: //www.flickr.com/photos/rene-germany/2316340092/i} Rene Schwietzke {/ link})

(6) Use a Fisheye Lens to Shoot Special Effects

At the second point, it is proposed to use a super wide-angle lens. There is a more extreme method, which is to use a “fisheye lens”! The fisheye lens can take a very exaggerated deformation effect. For some buildings, it will produce very interesting photos. I suggest you try it! For the usage of a fisheye lens, please refer to this exclusive article: [Must-have travel photo] Super interesting fisheye lens!

Fisheye lens can make the building more interesting!

Fisheye lens can make the building more interesting!

(7) Post-Production to Produce a “360-degree” Photo

Another very interesting way to shoot buildings is to use Photoshop to easily create a “360-degree panoramic asteroid” photo. This not only highlights the landmark buildings but also makes the photos more interesting! Want to know how to make it, check out this tutorial!

"Stereographic" is very fun for photographing buildings!  Hurry up and try it!  (Photo by {link: https: //www.flickr.com/photos/gadl/4179012610} Alexandre Duret-Lutz {/ link})

“Stereographic” is very fun for photographing buildings! Hurry up and try it!
(Photo by {link: https: //www.flickr.com/photos/gadl/4179012610} Alexandre Duret-Lutz {/ link})

(8) Slow Shutter

Slow shutter speed can create many interesting photos! For example, use slow shutter speeds to set off clear buildings:

  • Floating crowd
  • Slippery flowing water
  • Car tracks at night
  • Star trails

If the shutter speed is slow enough, the crowd around the building can “disappear” in the photo, but only if the crowd is mobile.

The slow shutter speed can be used to capture the rails and bring out the beauty of the building.  (Photo by {link: https: //www.flickr.com/photos/cjsmithphotography/14069109451} Chris Smith {/ link})

The slow shutter speed can be used to capture the rails and bring out the beauty of the building.
(Photo by {link: https: //www.flickr.com/photos/cjsmithphotography/14069109451} Chris Smith {/ link})