Architecture photography: Playing with lines

Architecture photography – Playing with lines

One of the photographic styles that has attracted me the most and has always been architectural photography . You may dream of being an architect as a child or you may be a reincarnation of an illustrious architect of the past, I do not know. The fact is that I am comfortable as a photographer and I do not want to ask the oracle for the moment. Whenever I can, when I do architectural photography, one of my purposes is to play with the lines. I can concentrate on infinite shots to get the picture I have in mind, and I usually repeat the scene at the same time. It is good for me to repeat the building because every time I go I find new angles that I do not know.

Repeating photographic architecture allows me to know more about the building that in this case is the protagonist of the photo. When you repeat you always find new angles and lines to play with. You also study different hours of the day, your building can become a totally different one depending on the light and the angle of incidence of this on it, so I repeat time.

In this post today I will try to tell you what I like most about architectural photography and relate it to lines. I may disperse in the next paragraph and end up as peteneras, however this is not my intention.

I made this architecture photo in spring 2011, this is the Marenostrum Tower, designed by the architect Enric Miralles and Benedetta Tagliablue. In the same way that the hotel vela is one of my buildings fetish of Barcelona. You can see what I said in the title and in the introduction of this post, I love playing with the lines in architectural photography . I confess that in other photographic styles too.

I do not pretend to mark style, nor even condition myself to see or understand photography from a concrete point of view. In fact in previous and in the current written in my blog what I always recommend is to experiment. Let a photographer follow his path. It seems to me in very bad taste and of little help to do otherwise.

What I am going to try in this post “Architecture Photography – Playing with the lines” is to give you different compositional ideas to those that you are used to reading in any other photography blog.

Before starting, study the building:

Arriving and kissing the saint may happen once, however it is not the most likely, nor will it help you improve your photos. To any building you have to know it thoroughly, find points, lines and angles that from the main facade you can not find. In this case, being a building, let’s say urban, you may have to walk several blocks. Stop in any of them and start photographing is fine. However, if you have studied the building at all angles, you will see intuitively where there is better light, what line set it has and if you can frame it in natural elements.

Straight, diagonal and curved lines:

All buildings have lines, these can be of various types. Straight, diagonal and curved lines. Do we play with them? It is very good and it is manual to always play with the horizon line, but … Is your building in the city isolated? Most likely not. There are other reasons besides the one mentioned so that I have fun playing with the lines. I know mine, you must know yours.

Manual architecture photography:

Manual architecture photography is what you see everywhere, which most people usually do. Fortunately and by different parents, there are more daring photographers than others and they use their way of understanding the photo to create really intriguing hieroglyphs with a single reflection of a crystal. I have a Dutch friend capable of fusing straight, curved and diagonal lines along with lights and shadows and even doors to another dimension. Maybe one day I’ll talk about him. If you want to make manual architecture photography there is a lot of information on the internet, thousands of books and hundreds of excellent photographers who practice it. My idea is that for this practice you omit that manual and try different compositions. Why not use a straight line of the building as a horizon?