Capturing the Entire Picture in Architectural Photography

Architectural photography is about displaying the enormity and beauty of towers, buildings, homes or any structure that ascends toward the sky. Given the area of the Earth and the amount of construction that has taken place since the beginning of time, there is no shortage of photographic subjects. There is, however, an issue relating to the size of the subjects. With so many structures reaching to the clouds and, in some cases, taking up entire city blocks, how is the photographer supposed to keep it all in frame?

Typically, a wide-angle lens is the perfect solution for this issue. The lens allows a photographer to correctly proportion the building in its environment. Sometimes, the structure can be too high or wide for even the wide-angle lens. If this is the case, the photographer needs a panoramic format on their camera. A majority of cameras have an option called “Scene mode” that is used to piece together several different shots. This result can also be reached after the shoot with quality panoramic software.

It seems like the future of architecture is geared towards creating bigger, wider structures that dwarf previous designs. Hopefully, the tools and devices in architectural photography will continue to advance with it. Most issues of size and proportion can be solved with a lens, camera mode or photographic editing software. If none of these options work, consider backing up a little. Sometimes the simplest solution is the best.