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How to take good photos of buildings

Postby Paul Clerkin » Tue Aug 16, 2005 5:26 am

It can be harder than you think to take good photos of buildings, says Magazine reader and professional photographer Timothy Soar, who has specialised in architectural pictures for almost 20 years. He offers some tips.
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Re: How to take good photos of buildings

Postby Hugh » Fri Aug 19, 2005 1:12 pm

Worth paying attention - Tim is one hell of a good photographer and took the photos of David Adjaye's Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo, the interiors of which are far from easy to capture. See them here:

And Tim's website is:
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Re: How to take good photos of buildings

Postby GrahamH » Thu Aug 25, 2005 1:18 am

Yes, a very helpful article.
What he says about light is very true - midday/afternoon sun is nearly always a disaster; not only does it wash out colours as he describes, it also generates too much contrast and harsh shadows, resulting in detail being obscured.

Early morning light is better, but especially evening sun which just saturates colours wonderfully, as well as being nice and soft.
Very lightly overcast days are more suited to afternoon photography, as the cloud diffuses the sun whilst still allowing warm light to penetrate resulting in better colouring and exposure.
Heavy cloud is rarely useful and often results in stray light getting into the lens, and also overspill from the sky around the fringes of your building.

I'm sure there's a way around this - just have yet to learn it! :)
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