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Architectural Photography Tips

Iconic and ephemeral, architectural photography challenges viewers to see buildings and landmarks in new ways.

Courtesy 40 Nights Photography

You're at the Eiffel Tower in Paris, armed to the teeth with the latest and greatest in photography equipment. This might be your first attempt to make a magnificent picture of this iconic landmark, but you are only one of millions who've already tried. How, you wonder, can you possibly capture an uncommon image of this common subject?

Architectural photography might seem like an easy genre. After all, buildings, bridges and other big construction projects aren't going anywhere fast. Stationary objects are the easiest subjects for photography, right?

Actually, there are all sorts of variables and conditions that affect architectural photography. If you're not prepared to deal with those dynamics, it will be frustrating for you to apply your creativity and technical know-how toward an unforgettable picture of your subject, even one that's automatically awe-inspiring like the Eiffel Tower.

You don't need a fancy camera or big studio lights to create great architectural images. You do, however, need a keen eye and an imaginative flair. As you approach your subject, pretend you're a visual storyteller. What's the story that you want to share about a structure? Are you going for an epic, wide-angle shot that captures the tower in all its glory at sunrise? Or will you pick out certain symmetrical details and lines that show what it's made of?

However you choose to proceed, a few tips and tricks will help you find an approach that results in amazing images. We'll show you how to build nuanced, powerful pictures of humankind's greatest construction achievements.

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