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.
(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.
(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.
(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
(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.
(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!
(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!
(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.