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15 Beautiful Architectural Photography Examples

15 Beautiful Architectural Photography Examples

Flatiron Building, Manhattan, New York City
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This is one of my favorite architectural photography photos of the Flatiron Building. This piece gives a unique perspective and view to this architectural landmark. The blue sky and clouds along with the golden hour highlights make this a great addition to all art collectors alike.

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Architecture photography is one of the most popular genres out there. From abstract photos of buildings, to holiday snaps of great landmarks.
But there is a lot that goes into getting good architecture photos.

In this blog post, I will provide architecture photography tips that will help you improve your photos. And get more creative!

Knowing when the light will be best for architectural photography is key.  This area of planning will go a long way towards you getting a good result.

A great architecture photography tip for you – the best light can occur at different times of the day. This will depend on the type of photo you’re attempting to make.

Use the website Suncalc to find out where the sun will be in the sky. Factor in the architecture, and you’ll see how the light will hit it and from what angle.

Think about the way the shadows emphasise aspects of the setting you’re photographing. Plan for optimal light conditions like the golden hour, and blue hour.

  • Golden Hour – This is the period of the day an hour before sunset, and an hour after sunrise. During this time you will get warmer tones, and the light will be coming in from a flatter angle.

  • Blue Hour – This is the period before sunrise, and after sunset when the sky goes a deep blue. Those near the equator will experience this light for a shorter time than those further away. This gives you a small window where artificial lights still shine on the structure. It will give your photo a different feel to a daytime image.

You’ll need to research the location of interesting buildings for your architecture photography. These locations will be close to cultural centres or large cities.

Large cities have budgets to commission interesting architecture.

New to a town, and don’t know where to find the most interesting structures? One option is to visit websites that offer advice to tourists, like Tripadvisor.

A better option is looking at websites like 500px for inspiration from photographers. These might be those who have visited or live in the place you are.

Does this mean you have to go abroad? Of course, not, every place will have a piece of architecture worthy of note. Take your time to hone your skill photographing the architecture within easy reach.

When you have the chance to photograph more exotic architecture, you’ll be ready.

Brooklyn Bridge, New York City 1
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This is one of my favorite black and white photographs of the Brooklyn Bridge. This piece gives a unique perspective and view, almost like a spider web vibe to this architectural landmark.

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It’s not good practice to photograph architecture from one angle. Especially if that’s the same ‘eye level’ angle common with tourists.

What are the other options you could be using?

  • Worm’s eye view – A unique view of a building if you look straight up. To get the building in your frame, this angle will need you to be close to the building. This will result in perspective distortion emphasised by taller buildings or structures.

  • Bird’s eye view – This time you’ll be looking down. To achieve this, you’ll need a close, tall building with access to photograph from.

  • Aerial – This is the same as a bird’s eye view. With the advent of drones and aerial photography, this deserves its own subcategory. The advantage here is being able to choose any angle, as you’re flying. The downside is the cameras on drones do not offer great quality still photos.

  • Detail – Besides the wide shots; look for details. Concentrate on ones that give your photo context. Did the architect put something specific into this structure?

  • Interior – A great architecture photography tip is not to neglect the interior. This can sometimes be even more spectacular than the exterior. Again, utilise the angles you have at your disposal, though not with your drone!

Hope you use these tips for your next travel abroad or just around your city to capture some architectural photography.

Below, I have provided other examples that you can use for inspiration!

Inside The Oculus
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Are you looking to add a piece of breathtaking New York City architecture in your home?

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This is one of my favorite black and white photographs of the amazing architectural work done by famed architect, Santiago Calatrava, who designed and composed the Oculus. This piece gives a symmetrical perspective and view to this architectural landmark which was built to resemble a winged dove.

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Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque at Night , Abu Dhabi
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Are you a fan of travel photography?

Each print is signed and numbered. This is a first edition of this fine art print and is limited to 50 pieces altogether, ranging from various sizes and prices.

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center is located in Abu Dhabi and the largest mosque in the country. It is the key place of worship for daily prayers, Friday gathering and Eld prayers. At night, this breathtaking architecture and place of worship is unlike any other landmark that I’ve ever seen.

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