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It's not difficult to find similarities between architects and photographers. Both professions combine the creative with the technical, both allow the artist to stamp their own vision on a place.
While a photographer stamps that vision by recording a split second in the life of a location, an architect will define that location for decades to come. It’s no wonder then that architectural photography is such a popular genre.
Buildings may be permanent, but the way they interact with the environment they inhabit changes all the time. As photographers, we can capture those subtle changes. There is, however a misconception amongst newcomers to architectural photography, that pretty much all shots are done with a wide-angle lens.
Today we are going to dispel that myth and tell you why shooting without a wide angle can give you amazing architectural photographs.
The Devil Is In The Details.
To truly appreciate an architect's work you need to look closer at their structures. Buildings are full of tiny little details that often define the structure.
Using a telephoto lens and some great light you can shoot those details in such a way that it gives us an insight into the thought process of the person that design it. These details can be anything from the beautifully crafted gargoyles on a gothic cathedral to the modern geometric design of an airport terminal roof.
A good architectural details photo will tell us what the building is without ever showing us the whole structure.
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