Ed Massery; Massery Photography, Inc.; Visitor Center at Frick Art & Historical Center; Wilson Architects; loysen + kreuthmeier architects

Architectural Photography Requires Planning and Patience

It is critical to be able to see the potential compositions for show-casing a building's design and telling it's story. Only after the big picture is taken in, and broken down into various compositions, can a photographer begin the process of photographing.  This ability along with planning and patience will give you a successful outcome. PLANNING - Photographing architecture is  a very deliberate form of photography.  The photographer needs to first understand his subject before picking up a camera.  When possible, this can be accomplished by reviewing drawings, site plans, and talking with the architect and or the builder. Next, walking the site and determining how the facades are exposed to direct, and indirect sun light is important in determining the use of architectural lighting. The example below illustrates how advanced planning and scouting the location the evening before is crucial.  The ideal location was determined after the camera was setup and test compositions were made.  If...

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