Photographic Tips On Capturing Building Detail

Written by Gina Stephens


To get intent to detail out of reach take a zoom lens that has a slightly longer reach. If you're a compact user you'll still be able to grab frame-filling shots if your camera features a longer zoom (20x or above would be good). Having a camera with a vari-angle LCD shield can make it easier to frame your shot when working with a tripod at its maximum height or when you're working hand-held with your arms up more than you but it's not an essential feature. 

Most pictures you see of churches, cathedrals and other tall structures show the whole, impressive structure but by cropping in pantihose you can highlight the fantastic repetitive detail, make an interesting pattern and shoot detail you don't always notice in the wider shots.

If you can get on the roof or balcony, as seep as gaining you a great viewpoint of the city you can often find interesting statues/gargoyles projecting out from the walls. As they don't move they're an carefree target and most are so beautifully sculptured that several varied photographs can be taken. However, as not all buildings give you access to their roof, you'll all things considered end up shooting from the ground where you'll need to use the longer reach of your telephoto or zoom lens to bring the detail to you.


The disturbed you have with using lenses with a longer reach is that they magnify objects, which is of course what you fancy, but this does mean that even the tiniest of movements can create a large amount of blur in your photograph so make sure you have in the offing a tripod and stick to quicker shutter speeds when possible. Using a lens which features Vibration Reduction (VR) will urge onwards minimise shake. If you're shooting detail such as weather vanes where the sky will be your background fit a polarizer to darken a blue sky and hand out more contrast to the shot.

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Once you begin to search you'll be surprised at the amount of detail you'll be able to fill your frame with. Of sure there's gargoyles, clocks, windows, spires, sundials and weather vanes, but a little closer to the ground you'll find stone carvings announce and sometimes intricate detailed wood carvings on the exterior walls around doorways and above windows.

Filling the frame with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel repeating instances such as brickwork or tiles on a roof can create interesting abstract shots. Just fill your frame, watch your shutter speeds if you're use hand-held and make sure you're focusing accurately as blur really doesn't work in this type of shot.

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Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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