I have always enjoy admiring buildings, be it popular landmarks from a certain country, historic heritage buildings such as a castle or a temple or new a creative buildings designed in a way that makes one admired its architecture. Buildings have been a wonderful subject to photography; however it is not something one can always get it right in the first time. It is one thing to capture beautiful buildings but it is another issue to capture them in such ways that do justice to their architecture and beauty.
Architecture photography is seen as a challenging and rewarding genre in photography. It is not easy to capture good architecture photography in ways that will flatter the designed and ambience to a certain structure, it requires experience, techniques and sometimes-even timing and the right kind of equipments.
While challenging, many people held the misconception that architecture photography refers to exterior photos of a building. In fact, architecture photography actually encompasses not just buildings, but includes other man-made structures; monuments, bridges and even a simple lamppost could be considered a subject in this genre.
Some to the factors to take note off while exploring this genre is the lighting of the subject; photographers will need to be aware of the lighting source while photographing their subjects. For example, they should make full use of the natural lighting and the landscape surrounding the building when they are taking external shots of the building; or they should also take note of the internal lighting, such as light sources through windows or the ambient lighting when taking interior shots. Framing the subjects could be done in close-up shots to capture delicate and intricate designed details or they could frame the subjects in an angle to depict the symmetry of the architecture to reinforce the subjects. In fact the geometry designs to the subject should be made full use in order to put emphasis on the vertical lines and the balance in the picture.
Some advices that architecture photographers to those who are interested in this genre is to do some research on the subject that one will be visiting or photographing. This is because understanding the history or the design concept of a building can help you pick the best angles and timing to photograph the subject. The other important tip is to pick the timing to photograph a particular subject, some of the buildings or architecture looks best in its natural environment and lighting, where as capturing them at night gives off a whole different impression; in fact the weather will also give of a different impression to a building. Taking a picture of a castle during fine weather will make it look incredible, but a picture of the same castle taken during a stormy weather enhances its mysterious aura.
Here we have gathered the works of different architecture photographers who managed to capture these buildings in different ways and manners. We hope the tips and the images here will be able to inspire you in this very genre.
Art Nouveau Architecture
Photo captured in Croatia depicting the detailed surrounding the subject.
Beautiful Home Design by James SIlverman
A picture of a beautifully designed house by the lake.
Capturing of windows on a green background.
House in forest
A beautiful picture of a house built in a forest.
Modern Interior Designs
A picture of a house’s impressive interior design.
An impressive photo of a spiral staircase.
A symmetrical photo of an archway.
A beautiful London architecture taken in geometry percision.
A bridge architecture photo taken downtown lakeshore.
Architecture in Helsinki II
Photo capturing the interior of the National Library of Finland located in the centre of Helsinki.
An impressive interior photography of a church.
A photo that depicts the classic design of a palace near Wroclaw.
Architecture and Nature
A wonderful architecture photo taken at the right time in the right lighting.
Traditional Worn Look Kitchen
A kitchen taken in breath taking lighting.
Chenonceau by Stephane Suisse
A black and white architecture photography of a castle.
A picture capturing the impressive detail of the Indian architecture.
The picture looks like the shape of an eye.
Tokyo Urban Neon Lights by Thomas Birke
Tokyo streets captured at night with lights on.
Copenhagen Architecture by Kim Holtermand
An architecture photo captured in Copenhagen.
Thompson Library by Brad Feinknopf
A photo that captures that dramatic shift of a modern library in Ohio State University.
The detail of this picture focuses on the solidity lamp post as well as the buildings lined up on the street.
Picture taken in Bonefanten Museum Maastricht in Netherlands.
A spiral staircase taken from a different angle.
An architecture photo taken at the right moment can capture splendid colors and effect.
A close up shot of a particular featured piece.
Arcitecture Buenos Aires ph15
A modern architecture captured in Buenos Aires.
Vancouver Architecture IX
A picture was taken in Vancouver of a specially designed pond.
An unusual photo composition of cityscape.
A colourful picture of Sibiu architecture.
Picture of a uniquely designed building.