Take a peep out the nearest window. What do you see? Chances are, the first thing your eyes settle on is bricks and mortar – a building, in other words. Depending upon where you live, that could be a Victorian terrace, a cul-de-sac of modern detached houses, the dreaming spires of a soaring cathedral, or a towering great block of flats. But it doesn’t matter what type of architecture you’re used to seeing, because buildings in all shapes, sizes and styles make exciting and challenging subjects that can be enjoyed by beginners and experienced photographers alike.
From crumbling old cottages, ancient castles and towering cathedrals, to state-of-the-art office blocks, stark industrial units, giant bridges and magnificent monuments, architecture photography offers endless opportunities to make creative images. We’re not just talking outside, either – interiors can be just as inspiring. As well as photographing entire buildings, architectural details also make great subjects. One minute you can be shooting an entire structure with a wideangle lens, the next abstracts and details with a telezoom. One building can be the sources of dozens in different images, shot both day and night, inside and out.
There are no rules when it comes to shooting architecture – just let your imagination run riot and see what happens!