If you want to take the full-time or part-time job as an architectural photographer, you need to keep a number of things in mind. The career is of course lucrative. Photographs of architecture, stunning interiors or spellbinding façades are in high demand.
Breaking into this field is not rocket-science but if you have the determination to qualify, willingness to invest in the right kind of equipment, a good portfolio, and some references. But above all, becoming a professional architectural photographer depends on how determined you are as a learner.
As your subject is not moving, you can take your time to walk around the place. Look up and you may find the ceiling interesting. Look down around the spiral staircase and you may get your perfect shot there. Walk around to look for interesting angles. The most obvious view may not be interesting, but a few inches up, sideways, down or shooting in a different angle can provide the right shot.
Consider the effect of light
As a photographer, you understand the effect of light while shooting exteriors. But, consider thinking it from a different perspective – light streaming in through windows can give the right effect. Shooting in day or night can also give interesting effects. Visit the place multiple times – during sunrise, sunset or some other time. The color of the sky and shadow of the structure can add the element of interest.
Watch the white light balance
While shooting at night or the interior, always remember that color of the artificial light can amend the perceived light of the architecture. It may not be something serious, but you must be aware of it since accuracy is missing. Instead of using auto white, shoot RAW. Use a color calibration kit or adjust the more accurate color in post-production.
Get a tripod
You may think why if the subject isn’t moving. Yes, your subject is still, but the same can’t be said for you and your camera that you are holding. Always bring a tripod with you to avoid any mistake that may happen due to camera shake. It is even better if you can use a remote control to trigger the shutter. If you are using a DSLR, lock the mirror up to avoid any mistake.
Adding a human element can make the image livelier
In some art, a relative scale is required. In architecture or construction photography adding a human element can do the trick. While doing so, you have to make sure that the human is appropriately dressed in accordance with the mood of the space. For instance, the human should be wearing formals when its’ an office building. But the main objective remains to give the relative size of the architecture being photographed.
Don’t get caught in reflections
Mirrors and glass windows reflect light and photographers often shoot a picture with their own reflection. Be aware of that. Make sure you aren’t there in the shot.