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Architectural Photography : 3 Common Mistakes to Avoid


Often, architectural photographers are knowledgeable individuals who know how to take aesthetically pleasing pictures. But that doesn’t mean they can’t make mistakes. In order to capture some of the best photos, it takes months of exacting discipline and practice.

The main objective of architectural photography is to emphasize the design. Yes, Photoshop can help, but it’s not magic – it won’t transform a perspective-less, uninteresting, and boring picture into a breathtaking one. While accessibility and ease-of-use have covered almost all the technical aspects, where’s the creative part?

So, to keep the creative vibes flowing here’s our real estate photography expert in Collin County explaining 3 common mistakes you shouldn’t make while doing architectural photography.

Architectural Photography Mistakes :

1. Trying to squeeze a lot in one image

First architectural photography mistake is that trying to squeeze a lot in one image.

Normally, architectural photographers make one image do too much. This means, shooting very wide. However, a successful photographer relies on multiple images. If you’ll try to accomplish a lot with just one image, you’ll dilute its quality. Also, you’ll have to deal with wide-angle distortion if you shoot too wide. The subjects closer to the camera will come out as stretched.

Our advice? Capture around 15-20 images, 3-4 of which will be ‘hero images’ – the images that will reveal the main design features. But, never cover every design feature in one image.

2. Blue light spill

Compared to natural light, artificial light is quite warm, especially on a clear day with a blue sky or during twilight. If you set the white balance to artificial light, expect blue light to stream through the building’s doors and windows. While this wouldn’t be too detrimental to the image if there were just doors and windows, reflective surfaces like the furniture and floor acquire blue color.

However, you can rectify it in two ways. First, pick a white balance that produces neutral, natural color for the larger part of the scene and desaturates the offending color: either yellow or blue. Second, balance the color temperature using gels and flash. While this technique works well for residential architecture, it becomes difficult for larger buildings because flash can’t cover the whole scene.

3. No intention in angles

Third architectural photography mistake is that no intention in angles.

Usually, architectural photographers work with two angles: straight-on view (a single-point perspective) and diagonal/corner-to-corner view (double-point perspective). When the intent is to show either of these angles, architectural images become very effective. However, settling on an angle somewhere between these two is where many photographers make mistakes – not diagonal enough to classify as a double-point perspective and not straight on enough to be considered as a single-point perspective.

During architectural shooting, it’s important to be deliberate. In some cases, even choosing the angle between the two standard angles will result in the best composition. The takeaway is, always be intentional and deliberate when opting for angles to capture.

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