Architectural Photography is all about perspective.


Definition of perspective /pəˈspektɪv/ :

1 The art of representing three-dimensional objects on a two-dimensional surface so as to give the right impression of their height, width, depth, and position in relation to each other.
 One point perspective is an easy way to imply depth, but light and shadow also add to the overall effect.

One point perspective is an easy way to imply depth, but light and shadow also add to the overall effect.

An Architectural Photographer needs to have a solid understanding of how to create the illusion of 3 dimensional space in a 2 dimensional image. The use of lighting, scale, and composition can be used to create this illusion.

 

2A particular attitude towards or way of regarding something; a point of view:
 When photographing works of art, it pays to take the time to understand the mind of the artist.

When photographing works of art, it pays to take the time to understand the mind of the artist.

The thought process the photographer has toward the task of creating the image plays an important role. The results will be quite different from a photographer who has spent their life studying and immersing themselves in studying architecture compared to one who shoots primarily portraits.

 

2.1 True understanding of the relative importance of things; a sense of proportion:
 Being able to get as many important elements into the frame, while maintaining a good composition is a dance of compromises.

Being able to get as many important elements into the frame, while maintaining a good composition is a dance of compromises.

Understanding the importance of the various design elements presented in the architecture is critical to creating a proper image. Knowing how to manipulate the elements in the frame to give proper importance to the design ideas is the ultimate goal of a good architectural photographer.

In some regards architectural photography seems pretty simple, building is there, the photographer picks a spot and snaps a nice one with his expensive camera. In reality, the camera is literally one of the elements of the picture making process that matters the least. It is important, but its a technical answer to just one of hundreds of more important decisions that are made on set.

 

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