How I Take Architectural Photos

So I love architecture, and I love photography, so it’s no secret that I love to take photos of architecture. Capturing the presence, the monumentality, and the intricacy of architecture is something that I just cannot see myself not doing.

As a result of this deep love for architectural photography, I’ve learned a few things over the years that I would now like to share with everyone else who might be interested in getting started with this genre.

  • Light is both Friend and Foe

Light, when shooting architecture, can either make your day easy as pie or as hard as you can possibly imagine. The perfect light will create subtle shadows over your subject, giving you multiple possible angles to take photos from to highlight the real beauty of the building. On a bad day, however, your camera will not know where to focus and what to expose for. For these kind of days, I take multiple bracketed shots and merge them into an HDR to get the kind of exposure I want in post. If you’d like to do this, head on to to find out more.

  • The Right Lens is Crucial

If you want to capture the complete presence of a building, you need a good wide angle lens to do so. If you do not have a wide angle lens, then you should have a sharp telephoto or prime that can help you take photos of some crucial details of the building.

  • The Inside Matters

It’s not just the outside of a building that should be photographed, the inside matters equally if not more at times. However, it becomes a little trickier in some cases to photograph interiors, especially if you’re covering an older building. Use as much natural light as possible, but there are chances that you will need to invest in good lighting gear to get the shot.


  • Add Some Oomph

And finally, I’ve learnt that adding some extra wow factor can really turn an architectural photo into a piece of art. Using reflective surfaces, slowing down the clouds in the sky, capturing photos in HDR, changing your perspective, or making it all monochromatic are some great ways to add that extra layer of depth to your architectural photos.


So go out and start taking photos of your favorite buildings, armed with these essential tips. The more you shoot, the more you’ll learn and the more your own understanding of photography will improve.