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04/11/2007 11:34:16 AM · #1
I know DPC must be full of experts who know how to photograph architecture.

I just got a new job in downtown LA so I'm trading in my seascapes for cityscapes.

Any advice in terms of the best times of day for good lighting, glass reflections, angles and composition would be TREMENDOUSLY appreciated.
04/11/2007 11:41:25 AM · #2
You should consider a Tilt and Shift Lens. Is a must for buildings
04/11/2007 11:48:36 AM · #3
Well I'm no pro, but i would strongly suggest u get hold of a 10 or 12mm wide angle lens.
04/11/2007 11:52:51 AM · #4
Originally posted by De Sousa:

You should consider a Tilt and Shift Lens. Is a must for buildings


Or get good at using the perspective correction tools in Photoshop. :)

I don't know that it's a must, though - depends on what you want to do (as with all questions like this).

I don't have any expert advice beyond the usual - look for different angles, interesting lighting, and details people don't otherwise notice.

Standing in front of a building on a street full of skyscrapers so it's all heavily shadowed with no one around will probably yield a boring shot.

Stand next to the building and take a closeup of some detail and you're better off. Standing next to it and shoot straight up to capture the pattern of windows can also yield good results.

Study the architecture gallery here at DPC and decide what you like, then go do it yourself.

For some examples of what you can do with a point and shoot camera without a tilt/shift lens, you can explore a couple of my collections, too:
//www.dpchallenge.com/portfolio_mgr.php?collection_id=18406
//www.dpchallenge.com/portfolio_mgr.php?collection_id=19805

Have fun!

Message edited by author 2007-04-11 11:53:16.
04/11/2007 12:08:49 PM · #5
You may want to drop ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Bear_Music a line although he seems to be MIA.
04/12/2007 09:23:40 AM · #6
Thank you all for your excellent advice! I did find on the internet the tilt and shift lens for Nikon and will look into getting that.

I appreciate all the links as well to the architecture portfolios. The amazing work of others always inspires me!

Well, I'm off to shoot tall buildings in a single bound!

Edited: because I never learned to spell!

Message edited by author 2007-04-12 09:25:26.
04/12/2007 10:51:56 AM · #7
I'll get back to this when I have more energy. I can address the topic from a "professional" point of view; i.e. "straight" architectural photography. For creative photography on architectural themes, check out ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' banmorn's profile; he has some great stuff. There are others, names don't come to mind right now.

R.

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Message edited by author 2007-04-12 10:52:22.
04/12/2007 11:15:22 AM · #8
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

I'll get back to this when I have more energy. I can address the topic from a "professional" point of view; i.e. "straight" architectural photography. For creative photography on architectural themes, check out ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' banmorn's profile; he has some great stuff. There are others, names don't come to mind right now.

R.

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Dear Robert,

I will always appreciate any input / inspirations you wish to share. I have every faith your strength and energy will return to you soon, and wish you a swift recovery.

I will have a look at ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' banmorn's profile as well.

Many many thanks!
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