(a) When shooting exteriors of buildings, your light source is
that which mother nature provides. It is constantly changing, shifting its
position, changing the shadows, and appearance of texture as it filters
(b) There is only one way to select the best lighting for a
building. You must study the building from different angles and viewpoints
at different times of the day and on sunny and overcast days. Make notes on
the effects you observe and choose the combination that best suits the
(2) A building should always
experiences its volume and materials.
(a) Bright, sunny cloudless days create shadows that emphasize
strong lines rendering some buildings in a majestic pose.
(b) If you wait for a slightly overcast sky, the contrast will be
less and may provide the right light for depicting the building material
texture. The light's direction governs the building's form and may help you
bring out it's characteristic features.
(c) Generally, a building photographs better in direct, angled
sunlight from a cloudless sky.
This slightly overcast sky diffuses the
light reducing the contrast in the materials just enough to create a good
balance of highlights and shadow detail.
(d) The worst kind of lighting is extremely overcast weather.
destroys the building's form by reducing the contrast ratio too much.
a. Types of Interiors.
There is another aspect to architectural
photography and that is photographs of building interiors. These pictures
are grouped under one of three headings: public interiors, residential
interiors, and details of interiors.
b. Obtaining Correct Lighting.
(1) Public interiors are often characterized by size, dominance,
scale, and measurements. The inclusion of people can illustrate the scale
and draw interest to unique features in the photograph.
interiors becomes a key element that needs your professional attention.