I am about to start a new project on architectural photography as soon as our weather gives me a break. But it has allowed me a little time to consider some of the technical requirements that will need to be considered and it is this that I thought I would share.
In looking over my images on file I came across two examples, one of the inside of a church and the second an external shot of a derelict house. The main issue to consider is one of perspective. Wide angle lenses are great for architecture, but the perspective needs to be corrected to avoid leaning walls and pillars, anything that is vertical!
My first example is All Saints Parish Church in Belfast. In the first image you will notice that the pillars and arches are leaning slightly outwards, a very simple action within Lightroom corrects this with the click of the mouse as can be seen in the second image.
Built in the 1890s the inside of All Saints is a jewel that is located in a drab area of Belfast. They don’t build churches this way anymore!
My second example required more than just the click of the mouse, in this case the image was exported into Photoshop where both perspective and stretch commands were used to correct the verticals. This sad bricked up house was isolated standing all alone. The before and after images shown below.
What gear will I be using? It goes with out saying that a tripod will be the first item to go in to the car. With architectural photography small apertures will be selected to ensure a deep depth of field so that all features of the building photographed will be sharp. Therefore slower shutter speeds with be required along with a low ISO setting, typically 200, so I can’t risk not using a tripod!
As for the camera, the batteries are charged for the Fujifilm X Pro 1 fitted with the 14mm f1.4 lens. This combination along with a Giottos MH630 carbon tripod will make walking with a light load to carry so much more pleasurable. Lets hope for a break in the weather with nice disused light!
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