Creating with Light


For this post, I thought I would let you know a few tips on how and this is the key, when to shoot architecture. Obviously I am stating my preference, but I will tell you why this is my beilief. When you shoot architecture, you should always at least try to inclued something that gives you scale(people, cars, lightpoles, trees, etc.). If you are shooting for details, then just make sure you use your compositional rules, but other than that have fun. The best shots for architecture show depth which means high contrast light, small aperture, and again contrasting light. For the past couple of shots I have done I have chosen to shoot at twilight. This is because most street lighting, or building lighting has a natural orange or yellow hue to it, and given that the sky between night and day has a very strong, rich blue you get a natural pallette of complimentary colors. Also, lengthened exposures give you the ability to have car trails and things that give your image movement. Here are a few examples of what I am talking about. AMC Mainstreet 6Bartle Hall TwilightEdit

Landscape Bloch


2 responses

  1. Alex

    My Dad was one of the three men who built Michael Garmen’s Magic town way back in the late 70’s. That top photo nails the memory I have of spending time in that Gallery after hours… Knowing it’s not real life, but looking like it is..and wanting to believe it. That top photo captured that same emotion in me.

    i’d love to see a larger version of that.

    July 13, 2009 at 10:51 AM

  2. Alex

    Dear Alex: click on the photo to see larger version.



    July 13, 2009 at 10:54 AM

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