Architecture Photoshop

Getting the Right Light in Architectural Photography

Planning, designing and constructing a building that will serve a purpose while leaving a lasting impression is one of the most difficult activities someone can engage in. The image of the final product should do justice to the struggle and dedication that went into making it. This is why architectural photography can be challenging. How do you capture architectural essence of an establishment?

There are many answers, but for now it would be best to focus on lighting. Be aware of the light and its direction. The illumination of a building, whether caused by the sun or a neon sign, can alter shadows, contrast, reflections and a myriad of other photographical elements. An abundance of contrast can mislead the photographer into snapping a shot and later finding that they are unhappy with it. Photographers can compensate for contrast by utilizing exposure compensation. Another technique is to segment shots with differing exposure values. This is used to see which value is the best choice for the picture. Eventually, all the exposure values can be merged into an HDR program.

San Diego architectural photography can be incredibly rewarding when you encapsulate a structure’s character. One of the many challenges rests in getting the correct lighting and tone. This is especially difficult when dealing with contrast. Despite these obstacles, there are both external and built-in options for rectifying the problem and getting the perfect shot.