Architectural Photographs

Architectural Photography

One of the largest emotional draws to photography without people as a subject in general is the ability to demonstrate emotion and personality from inanimate objects. This is especially true in architectural photography. It is almost the opposite of landscape photography only in that the subjects are man-made in architectural photography. Additionally, the architects design the buildings to photograph well and to obviously be appealing to the eye. However, the essence of their internal spirit is visible in the manner in which the architects manipulated their media.


Great architectural photography captures this essence and presents it in the best form. This is true even when the architecture is dilapidated and decaying. Additionally, the availability of subject matter is vast. This presents a great opportunity to apply practically every technique involved in photography and art. Architectural portraiture is interesting in color and black and white, it also presents an opportunity to film in the varying degrees of morning and evening light.


Additionally, because the conditions vary and because black and white photography may be a preference, architectural photography can be approached during day light hours also. There are some other considerations also. People should research the time that certain structures are open for viewing and if photographing is allowed. Visit the structure in the varying degrees of light also. This will optimize the chances of knowing the best times to photograph. It is also advised to take many pictures. This will highlight the changing conditions, and provide many different shots in order to increase the likelihood of getting that great picture.

Girl in Black and White

Black and White

Photographers that shoot in black and white are very reluctant to use any type of technology to produce black and white photographs from any digital sources. However, there is photo editing software that is dedicated to transforming color formats to black and white. Still, there is even a debate about how much editing delegitimizes the entire digital format, but in particular black and white photography. This debate is further exacerbated because often turning photos into black and white is a method by which some photographers rescue unsuccessful color photographs. It is the reason that this is possible that is at the crux of taking spectacular black and white photos.

Black and White or Bad Color?

The reason that many bad color photos make excellent black and white photos concerns natural lighting. Black and white photography is often better in bright, natural light. This light is often found in times that are not conducive to color photography. Furthermore, the thing that may have attracted these color photographers out in the in correct light is dramatic cloudy and overcast days. These times are the most prime times for producing excellent black and white portraiture, but great color photographs at these times is rare.

The Appeal

However, the appeal to viewers is not based on the simple elements of a beautiful photographs. Black and white photography has the ability to reflect time. This ability is one of the prominent features in many photographs, but it is especially reticent in black and white photography. Black and white photography remains timeless because of this and produces ardent fans.

Retouch with Software

Digital Editing

Almost every digital camera that is available on the market today has the capacity to edit digital images directly within the camera. However, this is a platform that is best suited for laptop and desktop computer software. Images can be altered in almost endless methods, but there are certain tasks that this software is very necessary for in photography. This software allows for retouching, cropping, image overlaying and many more effects that photographers need daily. Photographers can take a very wonderful, career altering photo with a single small problem. Retouching or removing these problems very easily with the appropriate software saves the photograph. This is important because photography captures small sections of time that cannot be repeated.

Paid Software

There are two versions of this software. There are software programs that can be purchased and there is free internet software that must be downloaded. The easiest programs to understand and operate with the greatest depth are paid versions of photo editing software. The free internet software is remarkably good for a free photo editing platform, but they are notoriously difficult to utilize. If a photographer is tech savvy, a free platform may be accessible and very handy. However, people that will have issues with teaching themselves to use these platforms should purchase a version. These will be supported by the brand’s office staff.

Free Software

Free versions require learning from internet sources. These sources are often young kids detailing how they personally have utilized free software, and the information is notoriously untrustworthy. The key to doing realistic touch ups is in the detail. Some famous retouched photos have really peculiar anomalies that signify that the photos have been retouched. This occurs along with substantial media scrutiny.