Photography is a modern art form, in every sense of the word – from its place in history to its utility. However, more than any other craft, it offers its audience a subjective view of the world.
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There is certainly no shortage of photography sub-genres. This is because you can point your camera at literally anything and capture it in interesting ways. However, we find ourselves particularly enamored by architectural photography as a sub-field as it gives urban photography a new perspective. If done right, it can be extremely gratifying as you will have no trouble finding interesting subjects.
Presented here are just some of the ways you can capture your images:
- Up Close – This is probably the most common way to approach architecture photography. It lets you take in all the details of the structure and gives you a clear sense of its design. Doing so will also enable you to locate any interesting shapes and patterns that may catch your eye. These may include everything from leading lines, geometrical forms, and structural quirks.
- From Afar – Conversely, shooting from afar gives you a new way to examine the structure. More often than not, buildings become a part of the urban landscape. Shooting it this way should help you appreciate it in new ways.
Be sure to give it a try and explore the potential of architecture photography.
Switching from your camera’s automatic settings to manual is inevitable as you delve deeper into your DSLR settings. Needless to say, this is crucial if you are truly serious about improving your photography skills. On that note, we shall be exploring exposure, the elements related to it, and how it can ultimately affect the composition of your photograph.
Basically, exposure refers to how much light is perceived by your camera. You have to get it just right. For instance, too much exposure and the image will be too bright with much of the details becoming obscured. On the other hand, underexposure can cause the image to become too dark. Needless to say, neither scenario is desirable.
At the end of the day, at the risk of sounding reductive, exposure comes as the result of the interplay between three elements. Namely, these are shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. Separate discussions can be made with regards to how you can play around with these elements. Playing around with their different settings can lead to interesting results, so we highly recommend that you do just that.