Long low buildings

The buildings that comprise modern industrial and retail parks are frequently long and low in structure, intrinsically uninspiring and difficult to photograph with much creative impulse. There are basically three alternative approaches one can adopt to photograph them within their landscape to photograph them at an oblique angle from close up with a wide-angle lens to inject some exciting line dynamics into the structure or if you are lucky enough to find a high vantage point overlooking a...

Graduated filters

Graduated filters are half toned and half clear filters with a smooth and even transition from tone to clear, which can subtly darken or colour skies in architectural landscapes. Most subtle of all is the graduated neutral density filter, available in different strengths, which can reduce the contrast between cloud cover and architecture to recordable levels. Neutral density ND filters are grey and colourless, thereby reducing the level of light by set exposure factors without affecting the...

Pros and cons of the digital revolution

There is no doubt that the revolution in digital technology, already familiar to current students of photography, is forcing established photographers to sit up and assimilate recent developments with regard to their businesses. This revolution is progressive rather than sudden, though determined in its eventual outcome. Film as a recording medium will be superseded, and it makes every sense for this to be so. The time-consuming, messy chemistry of photography will be eliminated, and delivery...

Lens aperture speed and performance

It is useful to have a basic understanding of the technical criteria involved when making your personal selection of lenses. The maximum aperture, or -number, of a lens is always quoted along side the focal length of the lens, for example 100 mm, f 5.6. This is because for action photography, the larger the aperture the faster the shutter speed that it is possible to use. This has the advantage of either allowing the photographer to work with a reasonable shutter speed in low light conditions,...

Digital cameras and backs

Linhof M679 Architecture Photography

Cameras for digital image capture can broadly be divided into two main categories the low-end, which are self-contained cameras similar to regular 35 mm SLR or compact cameras , incorporating a memory card for recording the images and a built-in LCD preview screen. These cameras are battery-operated and totally portable, simple to operate and a valuable tool for high speed communication via e-mail, and for web use. Figure 3.9 a The MegaVision S3 Pro digital back, mounted on a medium format...

A recent history of architecture

Sir Christopher Wren, remembered most notably for rebuilding St Paul's Cathedral in London, is generally acknowledged as being the first professional English architect, probably the greatest and certainly one of the most prolific. As Surveyor General of the King's Works, he was responsible for many of the major buildings in London, Oxford and Cambridge in the second half of the seventeenth century. Before this time, major buildings were the product of the combined achievements of patrons and...

The historical development of architectural photography

Architectural Photographers

From the very first photograph by Nic phore Ni pce in 1826 to Louis-Jacques Mand Daguerre's invention of the daguerreotype in 1839 and William Henry Fox Talbot's rival calotype negative-positive process in 1841, the static nature of buildings provided the perfect subject matter for the long exposures required for photography at this time. Photography became a popular new art form among amateurs and professionals alike in the 1850s. A romantic, picturesque vision of architecture dominated their...