By Lynne Eodice
How many times have you photographed a great building or a group of structures and were disappointed with the results? Your photos may have appeared overly busy, or just plain uninteresting.
The next time you’re tempted to capture the whole kit and caboodle, look for some interesting details to shoot instead. You can often extract some very interesting design elements from the larger overall picture. The secret to getting good detail shots is to become aware – taking the time to notice the myriad parts that make up the whole.
If your subject is nearby, you can isolate these details simply by getting close. For more distant subjects – such as the elegant design details on top of the Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles – you’ll need a long zoom or telephoto lens.
Pay close attention to lighting, too. Light coming from the side will emphasize your subject’s three-dimensional form and texture. If the building has a reflective façade, it may reflect light or mirror the surroundings in dramatic ways.
So the next time you’re photographing an interesting building, zoom in and isolate an intriguing design detail or two after you shoot the “bigger picture.”
Here's a list of my top 5 favorite buildings to photograph in the U. S. to inspire you to seek out your own favorite buildings!
- Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, CA
- San Francisco De Asis Church, Taos, NM
- Chapel of the Holy Cross, Sedona, AZ
- Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, NV
- Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, Santa Fe, NM
Lynne will be teaching two classes at the Creative Photo Academy this October -- Architectural Photography on October 2 from 7-9pm, and Road Trip America on October 19, 10am12pm. Only $40 each! Click here to view more details or to reserve your spot!