Photography Cheat Sheet: Exposing for Architectural Exteriors

There’s more to getting great architectural snaps than pointing a camera at a building, as today’s photography cheat sheet tells us!

If architectural photography is becoming your passion, we have another photography cheat sheet to help you master the craft. Previously, we shared some useful tips for eye-catching compositions. Once you’ve figured out how to use composition to either showcase the beauty of the buildings in their entirety or emphasize the impressive details, next is to make sure your exposures are spot on.

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Tom Leighton Unravels the Drama in Chicago’s Urbanscapes

All photos by Tom Leighton. Used with Creative Commons permission.

It’s been a while since we shined the spotlight on Tom Leighton and his dramatic aerial photography featuring the otherworldly Nevada Desert and his abstract monochrome series on contrails. This time, he brings our eyes to the city of Chicago, where he was inspired to put together a visual showcase of its highrise cityscapes and modernist tendencies. If you’re looking for a cinematic inspiration for your architectural photography, we invite you to check out this series and study how he unravels the drama in the city.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Composition Tips for Architectural Photography

If you’re just getting into architectural photography, composition is one of the first things to work on. We have just the photography cheat sheet to help with that!

As many of the projects we’ve previously featured show, exceptional architectural photography involves more than just pointing a camera to buildings and architectural elements. Composition is key, as is the case with great photography in general. If you think you need some help with composition for architectural photography, today’s photography cheat sheet will help you come to grips through some simple tips.

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Symettry Obsessed Architecture Photography of Epaillard and Machado

All photos by Jérôme Epaillard and Teresa Machado. Used with Creative Commons permission.

If impressive and eye-catching architectural photography is among your passions, it pays to learn different approaches to the craft. Many of the bodies of work we place in the spotlight, however, also feature the tried and tested techniques of showcasing the details of buildings and other architectural elements. Our latest addition to this list is a collection of industrial architecture snaps by Paris-based photographer pair Jérôme Epaillard and Teresa Machado. If you need some ideas on how to pay closer attention to details and bring it to your own architectural photography, we’re sure you’ll find a great deal here.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Rule of Odds vs. Rule of Symmetry

Want to take better architecture shots? Check out Canon’s quick photography cheat sheet with some useful composition tips especially for architectural photography.

When you live in or travel to locations with beautiful architecture, it’s inevitable to want to capture their grandeur. However, you also want your photos to be a creative representation rather than dime a dozen snapshots. That largely relies on how you compose your shots. With this in mind, Canon assembled a helpful infographic that will serve as a handy reference to improve your composition, especially for architectural photography.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Shoot Better Photos of Buildings with a Phone

Love photographing architecture? Whatever camera you’re shooting with, you might want to check out today’s cheat sheet to help you get better snaps.

With photographing towering skyscrapers, fascinating historic buildings, and fine examples of modern architecture becoming increasingly popular, you might want to up your game and get better snaps. Whether you’re shooting with your smartphone (for now) or with your new digital camera, today’s photography cheat sheet should be able to give you ideas for improving your composition.

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Ben Geier Highlights Moods and Architectural Aesthetics in “Houses”

All photos by Ben Geier. Used with Creative Commons permission.

Not too long ago, we placed the spotlight on the melancholy mood of abandoned buildings as photographed by Ben Geier. It was a testament to the stories, atmosphere, and history that charm photographers into training their lens on urban exploration. But, the previously featured series is just one of the bodies of work on abandoned houses and architecture that he put together. Another that caught our attention is his Houses series, which features some really interesting houses he photographed from 2012 to 2019.

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Kris Provoost Explores the Relationship Between Man and the City

All photos by Kris Provoost. Used with Creative Commons permission.

With man’s relationship with the city being complex and multi-faceted, it’s no surprise we’ve been constantly making our own explorations of this connection through photo essays. Street photography is one popular way to do this, architectural photography is another. In his photo essay, aptly titled HUMAN vs CITY: CHONGQING, Shanghai/Hong Kong-based Belgian photographer and architect Kris Provoost combine both disciplines for his portrayal of humanity in the metropolis.

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Ekaterina Busygina Imagines the Urban Geometry of Hong Kong in Neon

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Without a doubt, Hong Kong is home to stunning architectural wonders, a number of which continue to be the subject of architectural and street photographers. Moscow-based Ekaterina Busygina is one of these photographers. One of her more curious-looking works set in the city explores the idea of its urban geometry set against a neon wonderland. One can say it’s inevitable given that the city is already famed for its neon signs, but perhaps these shapes and patterns have never been painted dripping in neon in this manner before.

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Ekaterina Busygina Showcases the Stunning Urban Geometry of the Morpheus Hotel

All photos by Ekaterina Busygina. Used with Creative Commons permission.

It’s been a while since we last put the spotlight on the architectural photography of Moscow-based Ekaterina Busygina. Since then, we found out that she has done quite a lot of traveling around Asia and had a bunch of snaps that showcase some architectural sights in a number of cities. One of our favorites is her collection photos showcasing the Morpheus Hotel in Macau.

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Oscar Lopez Showcases the Stunning Urban Geometry of Rotterdam

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If you’re a street or architectural photographer who prefers to depict the world in black and white, we bring another minimalist inspiration for you. Oscar Lopez, who brought us the punchy yet calming Waterfront Cityscapes of London and Hamburg, actually has more of these cityscapes captured in this typical style. The latest of these is his quick series on Rotterdam, which features some of his photos from 2018.

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Oscar Lopez’s Stunning Black and White Architectural Photography

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Much of the exemplary architectural photography we’ve seen is done in the style of minimalist and contrasty monochrome, with an emphasis on urban geometry. In his Waterfront Cityscapes series, however, Germany-based Oscar Lopez shows us a more calming take on the tried and tested style by combining long exposures and punchy black and white imagery. If you’re looking for more ideas and inspiration for your next shoot around a harbor city, this body of work makes a great study.

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Sebastian Weiss Traces Architectural Lines and Shapes Around Europe

All photos by Sebastian Weiss. Used with Creative Commons permission.

Above: Pavilion of Portugal
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Architect: Alvaro Siza Vieira

It’s been a while since we last marveled at the architectural photography of Hamburg-based Sebastian Weiss, particularly his unique “personality” driven series Dramatis Personae. His attention to detail extends into other projects, such as his explorations of shapes and lines in the architecture of some well-known European cities. If you’re an aspiring architectural photographer looking for projects to study, you will find this body of work impressive and inspiring.

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Tim Smith Uses Multiple Elements To Create His Stunning Fine Art Images

All images by Tim Smith. Used with permission.

“I think when I find something I’m interested in, I immerse myself totality, maybe even compulsively,” says Tim Smith as he speaks about the dedication he has when making his photographs. “I like to get out my comfort zone and to encounter the unknown”. Tim Smith is a photographer that enjoys using multiple elements from multiple genres to help create his stunning images. In his work you will notice street photography, architectural, urban geometry and minimal – all working together to provide the viewer with a visually pleasing, and somewhat comforting, final image. His work is further complemented with a clean black and white aesthetic. It’s an extra chapter to his narrative, one that makes it a timeless story to tell.

Tim is a photographer littered with an array of awards, recognition and commissions, which means we were super stoked to be able to talk to him…

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Samyang’s New XP 10mm F3.5 Prime Lens Might be a Game Changer

Samyang’s new ultra wide XP 10mm f3.5 is the worlds widest (non fish eye) prime lens.

Samyang have just announced what is being billed as the worlds widest (apart from fish eye lenses), most distortion free prime lens ever made. Samyang (also known as Rokinon) have always made very affordable, optically sound wide angle lenses, but they have pulled out all the stops with their latest lens, the ultra wide angle XP 10mm f3.5.  Continue reading…

Daniel Garay Arango’s Sony a7R II Puts Havana’s Architecture in Black and White

All images by Daniel Garay Arango. Used with Creative Commons permission.

One of the reasons why Havana is such a fascinating city for travelers, history buffs, and especially photographers is its architecture. Setting foot in the Cuban capital’s Old Havana means stepping into a city that echoes remnants from a bygone time. It’s a favorite of many architectural photographers to document then and now, including Colombian photographer Daniel Garay Arango, who recently shared a stunning study he did using a Sony a7R II.

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Danila Tkachenko Combines Fact and Fiction in “Monuments” Project

All images by Danila Tkachenko. Used with permission.

What happens when architectural photography meets conceptual and modernist art? Moscow-based photographer and visual artist Danila Tkachenko gives us an idea through a fascinating project called Monuments. This series explores the boundaries of historical memory by combining abandoned orthodox churches and lightweight structures; elements that are real and imagined. If you’re looking for some out-of-the-box photography projects, this might just be one that inspires you.

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Rafal Krol’s Hasselblad 503 CX Reveals Minimalist Charm of a Port City

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Minimalist photography, with its unique focus on shapes, textures, and silhouettes, is something we’ve been keenly looking at in recent years. The latest to catch our attention is a serene and moody set of travel snaps by Rafal Krol, who takes us around the historic port town of Saint-Malo in Brittany, France. If you’re a fan of details, black and white imagery, and atmospheric minimalism, this series is definitely one to check out.

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Carsten Witte Deconstructs Frankfurt in Dizzying Architectural Photography

All images by Carsten Witte. Used with Creative Commons permission.

We’ve seen a great deal of noteworthy architectural photography in the recent years, a lot of them clean and minimalist, some mind-bending, some moody, and others trippy. We’re adding another one on the list: a collection of dizzying and hypnotic snaps of Frankfurt’s architecture by Hamburg-based photographer Carsten Witte. Aspiring architectural photographers could very well pick up some ideas from his unique take on the craft!

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Thibaud Poirier Depicts Hong Kong as a Shrine to Modern Architecture

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Hong Kong is a favorite of many photographers for its multi-faceted character as a city, especially when it comes to its culture and architecture. Just one of the countless photographic odes to the city is the cleverly-titled Residensity, a most recent work by Paris-based Thibaud Poirier that shows just how populous Hong Kong is.

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Kris Provoost Showcases Shanghai’s Architecture in Stunning Minimalism

All images by Kris Provoost. Used with Creative Commons permission.

If you’re an architecture fan or architectural photographer looking for your next Asian destination to shoot, we’ve got you covered. Previously, we’ve seen the urban geometry and color studies of Seoul and Hong Kong. Today, we’re adding to the list the stunning modern architecture of Shanghai, photographed by Belgian-born architect and photographer Kris Provoost.

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