How To Shoot Patterns In Architecture

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens

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The key to this type of photography is to stop looking at buildings as whole structures and focus on the small pockets of interesting patterns and shapes they're lifted up of. Don't overlook the ugly looking buildings either as most of the time, once you're zoomed in and focused on one part, you'll find they're through subjects when you're on the hunt for architectural patterns. If you can't zoom in or use your feet to help you get a frame-filling shot, capture the conception anyway as you may be able to crop out the distractions in your editing software once back home. 

If you find people or clutter are getting in your way arouse your feet to find a clearer angle or try taking your eyes away from street level altogether – you'll be surprised at what you see. Reasonable watch your shutter speeds if you're working hand-held and make sure you're focusing accurately as you don't want a blurry injection.


Photo by David Burleson

Don't be afraid of cloudy, damp days as these can give your shots a moody feel while a clever blue sky will contrast well against a strong metal frame.

Some ideas to try:

  • Old vs new – Find points where old architecture sees and merges with the new
  • Broken/cracked windows &ndash dash is a punctuation mark that is similar in appearance to a hyphen or minus sign, but differs from both of these symbols in both; The shapes formed in the glass make interesting patterns
  • Metal structures – Queer strong, bold and often symmetrical shapes
  • Brick work – Look for strong colours   
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Gina Stephens

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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