Architectural Photography - mentoring assignment
This month's mentoring assignment for the students enrolled on the mentoring program was to photography architecture.
Photographing architecture takes a lot more skill than you would imagine at first glance. Trying to avoid the obvious leaning back-forwards or over look created by lens distortion in itself is a challenge. Though this can be corrected using the lens correction in Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop to an extent.
Some of the key tips for this type of shot are:
- Think about your viewpoint and elevation to the structure
- Think about movement, dynamism in the composition so there are strong directional flows
- Think about shooting buildings at night/twilight to get softer light
- Black and White conversion can really improve a busy shot and simplify it
- You don’t have to show the whole building/structure, get closer for abstract
- Long exposures can be effective to capture movement amongst static structures
I love the simplicity of Chris's shot using really strong bold shapes that intersect, cross and combine to make a really dynamic composition that is well balanced, uses space and contrast really effectively and limited colour that blends well and gives this image a modern and clean feel overall.
Jacki's shot is similar in style to Chris's. Simple, clean and well balanced proportions between vertical, circular and space in the shot that take your eye cleanly and easily through the image to enjoy the differential in tones and contrast as well as shapes and light.
Joanne, opted for a more traditional style of architectural shot showing us the architecture in the landscape. The framing for these tightly packed mill houses cascading down the side of a valley really help give this shot depth and scale.
Steve's shot shows another perspective of architecture. Choosing to shoot close up and eliminating all but the essential things in the composition and converting to a contrasty black and white shot to add impact and remove any distraction caused by colour. A great dynamic composition of a subject that most people walk on and by without ever noticing.
Joyce and Howard both went for shots inside places of worship that require really careful consideration of exposure to capture the light and dark contrasts that the camera struggles with in these contrasty lit places. Whilst Chris and Lucy photographed the external part of buildings capturing great
My own architecture shot this month came about by circumstance rather than design. I was up at Chesterton this week with one of the leaders of the campaign that are organising to oppose to development of 3000 homes in the view of chesterton windmill. Whilst getting some shots of the areas that will be affected by Jaguar Land Rover and Stratford District Council's plan to build on green belt land in view of this iconic monument I had to grab this dramatic shot as the sunlight passed low enough to illuminate the underside of the windmill.
The mentoring program is a great way to work on monthly photographic assignments that stretch your view of subjects to photography and teach you the skills required across a broader range of techniques for composition, camera settings and processing.
You can start and stop on the monthly assignments as you wish and enjoy a new challenge every month to encourage you to go out and try new things and learn new skills. This month's assignment is on Minimalist photography a genre that i am personally very attached to.
For more information or to sign up onto the program and get feedback on your assignment shots visit here
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