How to Take Architecture Photos

There is no better feeling for an architect than seeing one of his or her designs come to life. Seeing a building that you’ve designed with your very eyes is something you can never forget as an architect.

However, while you know every inch of your design, your prospective clients don’t. This is why documenting these designs of yours is crucial, and knowing how to best take photos of your buildings helps in this process.

  • Find the Right Time

One of the best times to take photos of your designs is when they’ve just been completed. This is because at this time, the building will be empty, it’ll be brand new, and just as you intended it to be. However, you may also want to take photos of your design when it’s actually being used to showcase how successful it is. For that, make sure you have proper permission from the people who actually own the building so that you don’t run into any issues.

  • Get the Right Lens

If you’re taking photos of the structure yourself, you should take them with a capable camera, preferably one with interchangeable lenses. The lenses best for most architectural photography are wide angle ones. These ensure that you get everything in your frame without having to stand a mile back. If you have designed an interior and want to take photos of that, then try to use a lens with a wide aperture to get more light into your camera’s sensor and avoid increasing the ISO to a point where your photos are full of noise.

  • Shoot in RAW

Shooting in RAW will allow you to capture all the detail you can from your scene. This helps a lot in post processing your photos, a process through which you can easily adjust exposure, clarity, white balance, noise, and much more about your image without destroying the overall quality.

  • Shoot HDR

RAW images will also help you a great deal if you are trying to take HDR photos. HDR photography is very popular among architectural photographers as it allows them to get a balanced exposure for their image even in badly lit situations. If the sun is shining too bright, causing parts of your image to be overexposed or casting dark shadows over others, then you should try and take multiple exposures of your photo and merge them into an HDR image. This can be done with the help of a software like Aurora HDR. Head on to to learn more.

So be sure that you take plenty of photos the next time a design of yours is being actually built. This not only helps you pitch yourself to new clients but also is vital for creating your portfolio for job interviews and/or further studies.


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