Architectural photography typically shows either the exterior or the interior of buildings. We pay attention how lines interact with light and each other. Look at the material used in the walls, and how the angle of the light emphasizes their texture. If there is hard light in the scene, pay attention to where shadows fall. Shadow play can add elements of interest to an image–or can be a distraction.
Exterior architectural photography usually takes advantage of available light by day, or at night it uses ambient light from adjacent street lights, landscape lights, exterior building lights, moonlight and even twilight present in the sky in all but the darkest situations. In the Western Cape, the landscaping surrounding a building is important to the overall composition of a photograph, and even necessary to communicate the aesthetic harmony of a building with its environment. The photographer will often include flowers and trees in the foreground of a composition, taking advantage of their ability to help lead the eye into the composition and to its main subject, the building.
Interior architectural photography can also be performed with ambient light transmitted through windows and skylights. Architectural photographers will use supplemental lighting to improve the illumination within a building. A feature of architectural photography is that the principal subjects rarely move. It is therefore possible to use post-processing editing to achieve a balanced lighting scheme, even in the absence of additional lighting.
You get creative architects with modern ideas who blends their structures into the earth on streets in cities. And then you get the creative photographer who connects with that architect, who builds her ideas and mixes it with light and detail to show off the “visual dream” of that once an architect had planned and drawn on paper/digitaly by computer of his dream construction.
Often I also can get very carried away by mixing my images with others themes and do a combination of an image manipulation.
You are selling? Sad…leaving our beautiful area?
Well, I can help you for pictures of your home to show pages full of images of your home, anywhere in the world. Don’t count on the skew photos estate agents do. Want to sell, show your prized Investment including home.
My first employment was when I worked for UNSIA, University of South Africa as an assistant to a full time photographer. Daily coming and going to work I was always so impressed what light can do for architecture.
UNISA is an impressive Building, did not matter which Highway one would arrive into the Capital of South Africa, Pretoria. The most striking feature is the long projection from the brow of the hill, supported by a giant steel girder resting on a massive column.
Since then Architecture Photography gave me a good kick-start. Abstract Photography too. An inviting building, even then in that time seeing art-abstract-images was my start.
Image Composition, Colour, Style all this made sense to me.
Last but not least Image Manipulation is my favourite pastime. Rather newly seen in South Africa. Little weird, for you, but not for me and I just love creating it.
The image shows the Hibernian Towers on Beach Road in Strand, Western Cape.