Architecture Photography Guide

Buildings are important to people. A majority of people live in buildings, we start our lives in a hospital and that is a building. People have been constructed these buildings for thousands of years and are the most lasting creation. The architectural photographer is a lonely hunter that tries to find a certain truth about the building. The images produced from the lenses of the architectural photographer can make a building look more beautiful than it is. These photographs have the ability to interpret, enhance and explain the artistic facts about textures, shapes, and general details that can lift up the architectural design.

Photographing a building or architecture the main key is that the photographer must express the soul of the building or its deeper character that can only be seen through a photograph. Architectural photography is about creating an image that is creative and unique and defines the subject.  If you are an architectural photographer then you must know how hard is to get a shot from the right angle with the right balance of light, color, and shape.

Always think about what you are shooting for a while before you take the shot.

  For capturing perfect photographs of architecture, you must have good composition, geometry, and good light. A successful architectural shot is that in which the photography and the architecture elements share the same love and that is detail. A detailed description of the building allows a viewer to feel through the camera view. That is a good definition of a successful architectural shot.  

The following are some of the tips regarding the architectural photography

  • Be attentive and patient
  • Analyze your building.
  • Compose the shot carefully
  • Observe with your heart.
  • Try to shoot at night (if possible)
  • Use a longer lens
  • Point out the interesting details

Drone Flying Tips for Newbies

In more cities all over the world, drones are becoming all the rage. On any weekend in the park or big event, you’ll hear the familiar hum of propellers overhead. With such growing popularity, it seems like everybody wants their hands on a UAV.

Unfortunately, the idea of controlling a quadcopter is still a new — and even scary — idea to some people. After all, nobody wants to accidentally crash such an expensive device. What can potential pilots do?

It turns out that there are many options! Drones are not just getting more popular every year, but smarter as well. This means many great advancements in UAV technology, including ones that help beginners safely learn the experience of flight. Not only that, but we’re seeing more services and events, geared towards showing complete beginners how to fly.

We’ve shared these beginner-friendly features and made a shortlist of four drone-flying tips for newbies. Read, learn, and enjoy!

Stick to Your Skill Level

There are a ton of incredible drones out there, packed with cool features and jaw-dropping performance. If you’ve ever seen an Inspire series drone in action, you’d know what I mean. But before you add that item to your shopping cart, consider that there are many drones out there because they’re made for different purposes and pilots. And before you ask, an Inspire is most definitely not a beginner drone!

When you shop around for your first aerial device, don’t forget a few key beginner considerations. Is it easy to use? Are there features that help first-time users get in the air safely and confidently? Can you fly with simple controls, such as virtual joysticks on your smartphone?

Luckily for you, the Mavic Pro and Spark are two products that check every one of those boxes! Both are excellent options for beginners. Check out our article on the Best DJI Drones for Beginners, see what works best for your flying and shooting needs, and say hello to your first drone.

DJI GO: Great for Beginners

Choosing the right hardware isn’t the only important consideration for novices. Drones can be customized and controlled with intricate software, which is just as much of an essential ingredient for a great user experience.

DJI GO and DJI GO 4 are app-based software that gives users total control of many aspects of the drone, including flight behavior, gimbal camera movement, and access to media. Best for newbies, it has integrated settings made just for you!

Beginner mode is an easily selectable control mode you can select so you can feel confident and safe whenever you fly. Once you’ve activated this mode, your drone will fly at preset limitations in such aspects as max speed, flight radius, altitude, and even control sensitivity.

When you fly for the first time, it might be best to turn on Beginner mode on the app. After a few hours under your belt, you can turn it off and learn how to unleash your full potential.

Earn Your Wings at a New Pilot Experience

Aside from learning on your own, you also can take an opportunity to learn one-on-one with trained experts to teach you everything you need to know about flying a drone. The DJI New Pilot Experience is a free workshop specifically tailored for new users, taking place at a DJI store (If there’s an NPE planned near your area, all you need to do is sign up online); best of all, it’s totally free!

Once you’ve signed up online, you can attend the NPE. At this workshop, you will get in-person tutorials and lessons about all the parts of the drone, flight characteristics, and basic controls. This all leads to the main event: flying a drone for the first time! There’s no need to be nervous since trained experts will be with you every step of the way. You’ll leave the New Pilot Experience as a knowledgeable and confident drone user.

Really Enjoy Your First Flight: Free In-Person Training

You could always attend an NPE near your town, but there’s even a much more convenient option in-person training: letting the expert come to you! If you buy certain drones from the DJI online store Training page, tech company Enjoy will offer a totally new service. They send an Enjoy Expert to your door or location of your choice — even your favorite park — to not only hand-deliver your drone, but set up and teach you how to fly it for the first time! It’s basically the New Pilot Experience in the comfort of your own home.

Currently, this service covers over 16 cities in America, but Enjoy is offering this service in more and more cities, so don’t forget to check here.

Fly Confidently

Although you’ve never flown a drone before, it no longer means you can never learn. Consider these tips before your first flight, and I promise you’ll not only figure it out, but you’ll love every moment in the air.

Using Natural Framing to Improve Your Composition

To compose more exciting and beautiful photographs, there are certain key composition techniques that you can use.

Natural framing is one that is widely known but needs a careful and thoughtful approach. Using framing can create extremely impressive and elegant images when done right. Here are some tips to help you.

Natural framing Composition is when you use an element within your image to frame the subject.

This draws the eye into the photo and highlights the actual subject.
This internal frame can be constructed using a multitude of things you’ll find anywhere – branches, archways, tunnels, door frames, as well as things that aren’t solid like light, shadows, rain, fog, etc. – it doesn’t matter what you use.

Framing is a technique to use sparingly – but when it is totally right, it looks natural.

So few people use it well that if you can master it, you can create some fantastic shots.


Why you should use Natural Framing .?

 • It easily draws your viewer’s eye into the photo and emphasizes the subject.
• It isolates and separates your subject from what is around it.
• It brings a sense of order and structure to a photo – and the eye loves order.

When to use Natural Framing Composition .?

• To obscure boring skies (my favorite).
• To add depth to an image – especially when the item acting as the frame is not in focus.
• To bring contrasting elements into the photo without detracting from the subject.
• To create structure.
• To create a feeling of a self-contained image, particularly if you are photographing something quite ordinary and simple, a frame will help give depth to the subject.

Traditionally the frame should be distinctly separate from the subject so that it is not confusing to the eye. However, I will also show you where I have not done that, and the photo still works. I will show you both how to use this technique as well as where else you can take it – how to let it inspire you to develop your images.

Rules made to be followed, bent and broken.

Like anything that is considered a technique or rule, people can feel very passionately for or against their use.
But for me, it comes down to not using any of the rules so much, that your photos end up all looking the same. Don’t let rules keep you stuck in a box. They are a great springboard for your photography or a way to help refresh your vision so that you start composing in a different way.

When I was starting out photography, I worked very hard to get really familiar with the key compositional techniques, but then after a while, once I’d embedded them, I started to develop my own way of using these techniques, my own style.

I also encourage you to think of all these techniques and rules as opportunities to see and learn to organize the elements within your photos differently. In my workshops, I’ve noticed that one of the hardest things for people is to break the world down into elements and then learn how to organize these elements to create good compositions.

You don’t need to have a frame around all four sides of your photo for it to work – in fact, I’d encourage you not to do that. I think more often than not, it looks more natural and pleasing to the eye for the frame to take up just two or three sides of the image. But like every recommendation – use your own personal judgment.

• When the frame is out of focus it creates a sense of depth to the image.
• The frame can be made from different elements: I’ve used two different elements but their color is the same, and they are both interesting shapes – so they have some common qualities.  

Natural framing composition is a very good way to remember that you are in control of how the viewer’s eye will go around the image. It doesn’t matter how big the photo is, the eye won’t see the complete image all at once. The eye will be drawn to one part and then move around the image depending on where the elements are placed. Your job as a photographer is to direct the eye.

The photos above are a good example of how you can use framing to create order to a very busy scene and give the viewer away into the photo. It’s also a good example of how your eye moves around an image.

The one-sided frame technique

It is possible to do a one-sided frame, and it works! It creates a great grounding effect and pushes the eye down. 

Therefore, it adheres to the principle of drawing your eye towards the real subject of the photo. This is not even a strong line that is creating the framing element – it is simply the power of suggestion.

In the photos below, you will see some framing, which is going across the corner of the photo. Therefore, it is still drawing your eye to the subject but it is quite subtle.

When I am shooting Travel photos – which is a favorite subject of mine – what I often do is shoot when objects appear in the frame or very low angles like below. If you look closely, you can see people or moving objects. On the other hand, sometimes people often ask me why I do not Photoshop it out because it can look like a distraction or a mistake, but I love these little elements. It is great if there can be tiny details that create layers of interest in your shots, so your viewers do not see everything all at once. (Or as Henri Cartier-Bresson said, “ The little, human detail can become a Leitmotiv.” )

I think it shows how you can play with the idea (and there is nothing more fun than playing with all these different concepts and ideas, and making them your own). 

Everything within your frame has a message

As the photographer, you need to make sure that everything you put in the frame is saying something that you want it to – that the elements are all working together to form the idea and feeling that you seek. If you don’t know what that’s supposed to be – just ask yourself:

• What am I feeling here?
• What is interesting to me in this scene?
• Why is this important?

It’s these feelings that you will be communicating through your images, if you’ve done it well and created a strong photograph ( which many times will be a failure don’t be disappointed it happens to all of us)it keeps you motivated to become more focused and better the next time.