Architectural Photography and Lighting Techniques

Just like a well-trained performance dancer, a photographer’s best work comes only after rigorous practice, trial and error, and techniques.

For architectural works, proficiency in basic light painting is essential as it directs the viewers’ attention. The way you control and play with lightiing, amongst other techniques, will elevate photos with more depth and realistic dimensions.

Capturing the light is the principal technique in any genre of photography and it trains our awareness in shooting any shape and type of the object. However, playing with the light in architectural photography require more practice.

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EOS 5D Mark II; EF17-40mm f/4L USM; 17mm; f/11; 62 sec; ISO-100 (Marina Bay)

Back in the day, I did not understand why people were so concerned about lighting. I always believed that composition was more important until I tried macro photography and I could not forget what my friend said to me, “Shooting macro without incorporating light will result in ordinary pictures”. From that moment, I started to explore light in my architectural photos as I now believe that lighting is the spirit of every photo.

Composition, Composition, Composition!

I understand that this topic might not be interesting for fellow enthusiasts who regularly read books about photography. However, architecture is not all about composition. The harmony of multiple components – symmetry, flow, rhythm, contrast, and light – is what makes each photo appealing to the audience.

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