How to Photograph Architecture Like A Pro

As a race, we have achieved a lot of things, in technology, science, and industry. But the thing that truly leaves a mark in our hearts and minds is our architectural achievements, just look at the Burj Dubai and you will get what I’m saying.

One of the biggest injustices that people do is taking bad photos of great architecture, but don’t get me wrong, taking photos of architecture is not just a matter of point and click, it requires some finesse. Therefore the question is how should you photograph architecture?

The direction of the light

It is important to understand that light is the most important aspect of photography; the thing is when you photograph you are simply recording light bouncing off your subject. There are three categories of natural light namely soft light, front light, and backlight, knowing how to ‘play’ with the light, means the difference between sharp images and a blurry mess.

The direction of the light will determine the shadows, contrast, reflections, and textures. This means that during different times of the day your subject will look a bit different, the trick here is to take as many photos as you can from different angles at different times of the day. This will require you to have a larger storage space but the results will be worth it. Look at it this way, assuming you are visiting a location like Vancouver for the first time and you have no plans of returning, the best way to keep these memories is by capturing as much as you can.

Use the right equipment

If you are taking photos of a building or any other form of architecture, the most recommended lens is the wide angle lens, but if you want to experiment you can try fisheye lenses or ultra wide angle lenses.

Take your time

You need time to explore the building and find the best angles to shoot from, so don’t rush things, take your time. Study the subject at different times of the day, and under different weather conditions.

The idea here is to look for a unique shot that you will be proud of, meaning that this shouldn’t be a rush job.

Stabilize your camera

The building is obviously not going anywhere, so you have all the time to capture it. Let’s face it not all of us can hold a camera perfectly in place, that’s why you need a tripod or a monopod.

A stable camera will allow more light to enter, meaning that you can lower your shutter speeds and still get a great shot.


It is important to understand that not all photos you take will be exactly what you wanted, that’s why post production is important. Post-production allows you to do a lot of things, but generally, it is used to increase contrast, make the color correction and to increase or reduce sharpness.

Post-production can also be used to increase the clarity of your photos. Read more about the different types of photo editing software.