Recent Architecture Articles
How to Photograph Small Rooms on a Yacht
In this video tutorial, I'm going to show you how I photographed the bedrooms on a $12 million yacht. Although the rooms are large for a boat, they are very small compared to your average bedroom.
Capturing the Beauty of Architecture Through Multiple Exposure Photography
Architecture is an art form that reflects human creativity and engineering ingenuity and is not simply about buildings and structures, and one of the most fascinating ways, for me anyway, to capture the beauty of architecture is through multiple-exposure photography.
Amazing Black and White Fine Art Photo Editing
I've long been fascinated by the work of Joel Tjintjelaar and Julia Anna Gospodarou. Those two are among the pioneers of a popular editing style for black and white architecture photos that is very graphical and introduces strong contrasts and lighting that feel surreal. In this fantastic video by Ben Harvey, you learn how such images are created.
Best Architectural Photography Lens: Canon 24mm Tilt-Shift Versus Laowa 20mm Shift Lens
Architectural photography can be described as one of the more technical kinds of photography. Photo compositions generally need to have a more structured aesthetic. Vertical lines need to be straight, and the best way to ensure this is by using a tilt-shift lens. The question is: which lens is best for architectural photography?
We Compare Four Ultra-wide Angle Fast Aperture APS-C Prime Lenses
Nowadays, photographers who use APS-C cameras have a pretty good selection of third-party lenses on the market that are capable of professional results, and this is becoming especially true in the ultra-wide arena.
A Complete Guide to Aerial Real Estate Video
Drones have revolutionized many photography genres, making aerial shots that were previously out of reach for anyone except creatives and clients with the largest budgets accessible to just about anyone. Real estate photography is one such genre where a photographer or filmmaker can augment their services with a drone. This excellent video tutorial will show you everything you need to know to take professional real estate footage sure to please your clients.
How to Edit an Architecture Photo Into a Dramatic Fine Art Image
You have probably seen black and white architectural images of single buildings edited to have dramatic, contrasty lighting against an inky black background. Of course, this is not how it looks in real life and takes some Photoshop savvy to achieve. This great video tutorial will show you everything you need to know to achieve that look.
Travel Photography With a Different Perspective
Travel photography is perhaps one of the broadest genres of photography because of how it overlaps with almost every other kind. It encompasses a wide range of shooting styles and shooting scenarios to fulfill a simple goal, which is to illustrate and tell stories about a place. Because a particular place is always made up of various intersecting dimensions, there is no single approach or style that encapsulates travel photography.
Two Essential Lenses for Shooting Interiors
Photographing architecture, real estate, and interiors requires significant planning and preparation. There are some essential pieces of gear that will cover most of what you will need for most shoots, and having them can make or break the task.
Gear Up for Real Estate Photography on a Shoestring Budget
One of the most consistent opportunities we have as photographers to earn money with our cameras is photographing real estate and hospitality properties, such as Airbnb rentals, and contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t take a huge investment to offer quality images for this purpose.
3 Best Rooftops for Photography in Kuala Lumpur
Whenever I visit a city, I try to find viewpoints from which to photograph its skyline. Those are either outside the city's bounds or on top of some of its higher buildings. Accessing those rooftop views often requires an entrance fee or good connections. In Kuala Lumpur, all that's needed is to stay in the right apartment.
Is This the Weirdest Lens You’ve Ever Seen?
One of the most important traits of being a successful photographer is creating a style that is unique and original. There are many ways to do this, and one of them is to use unconventional equipment. This lens may be one of the weirdest you'll ever see.
How to Add Interest to Your Cityscape Photos With Time Blending
Taking your cityscape photos during blue hour is always a safe bet if you don't get spectacular light at sunrise or sunset. A deep blue sky provides the perfect color contrast to the incandescent lights in the city and will help you create a pleasing result. But what if you are lucky with light and weather? Do you take a photo while the colors pop in the sky or with the city lights during blue hour? Luckily, you can get both by applying a technique called time blending. In this article, I show you how.
Photographer's Passion Project Hopes to Preserve Lighthouses
When a passion project collides with a good cause, it's a win-win, and photographer and videographer David Zapatka's lighthouse photography project is just that.
Introducing the Laowa 10mm f/4 Pancake: The Smallest Wide Angle Lens Ever?
At 175 g and the width of a human thumb, the Laowa 10mm f/4 pancake lens is seriously compact and light. But can something so small still deliver the kind of results you need from an ultrawide lens?
Coloring Outside the Lines in Street and City Photography
Coloring outside the lines is a good metaphor for when a photographer decides to take a leap outside the norm in a photographic genre.
7 Tips for Better Cityscape Photos
Cities and architecture have, besides landscapes, always been my favorite subjects to photograph. Moreover, they provide the perfect balance during my travels. If the conditions are not ideal for landscape photography, I can usually find something to photograph in a city. And in this article, I share techniques I apply to come away with great results.
6 Tips for Better Interior Photos
The past four months I've been staying in many Airbnbs and hotels while traveling through Portugal, Costa Rica, and Panama. What I noticed while looking for accommodations were the often unprofessional photos those places use for their listings. Some were so bad that I directly skipped to the next listing, not even looking at the reviews. And it's so easy to create better real estate photos, even just using a cell phone, which I'll show in this article.
Cityscape Photography Made Easy: 3 Simple Tips
Photographing the busy city doesn’t have to be complicated. If you don’t have filters and other specialized tools for landscape and cityscape photography, here are some tips to do it with ease.
Apply Now To Make $$ With Your Professional Photography(Seriously)
One of the biggest questions that photographers face is how to find clients and make a living from the craft. There is money to be made with photography, especially if you find a good contract. Here is one such opportunity that will allow you to make money with your photography.
We Review the Laowa 20mm F/4.0 Zero-D Shift Lens
Shift lenses provide crucial solutions to problems faced by architectural and real estate photographers, and until recently, options have been extremely limited. Let’s take a look at this new shift lens option from Laowa.
How Elia Locardi Uses Graduated and Solid Neutral Density Filters in San Juan
Welcome to the next, and 5th episode of our 8-part video tutorial series about long exposure photography, and how different filters can produce dramatic results. As a reminder, every time we release a new video, we give away some great prizes. Make sure to follow the instructions in this post to enter this week's contest.
How Photography and Architecture Are Intertwined
Architectural photography is an art form that is intrinsically dependent on the mind of another creator. Without architecture, there would be no architectural photography. Normally, one wouldn't imagine this to be a two-way street, but this insightful video posits a different view.
Should Architectural Photographers Use 3D Scanning Cameras? A Quick Look at the Matterport Pro2
Architectural photography is probably one of the more technical types of photography. In general, photographers will use full frame or medium format camera systems along with tilt-shift or technical lenses. As great as these types of cameras are, should architectural and real estate photographers use 3D scanning cameras such as the Matterport Pro2?
How to Shoot Cinematic Guided Tours for Real Estate
Real estate photography can be a great way of getting started in architectural photography, and depending on where you're located, it could be a lucrative option for someone looking to become a professional. But if you really want to get paid good money for real estate work, then you need to consider offering video packages to your clients too.
Are We in the Post-Photography Era?
When I look at product photography and video in the fashion and beauty product industry, many of the shots are now computer-generated. It might be at a steep cost initially to get the team to create the products in 3D space, but once that’s done, the product can be used in any scene you need for the client. Are we beyond photography?
What Is a Shift Lens and What Does It Do?
Shift lenses offer a lot of unique solutions in certain situations. Is it beneficial for your photography workflow? In this video, we'll see the uses of a shift lens and for what genres of photography you may want one.
Have You Considered Raising Your Photography Rates? Here Are Some Tips.
When it comes to the business of photography, for many reasons, pricing is one of the things that often trip people up. But, once you stick to a few simple rules, it becomes easier.
We Review the Sony FE 12-24mm f/2.8 G Master Lens: Wider, Faster, Sharper
What can you do with a 12mm wide lens and is it worth the upgrade?
The Best Images from GuruShots "Impressive Architecture" Challenge
GuruShots is a photography website that hosts "The World’s Greatest Photo Game,” In their latest challenge, they invited participants to submit their best photos of "Impressive Architecture." The challenge received thousands of entries and millions of votes. You can see the three winners of the challenge as well as hundreds of top rated images below.
Why Storm Light Is Incredible for Landscape Photography and How To Photograph It
When a storm hits it is time to grab your camera and get out shooting because the light and dynamics of the weather are phenomenal!
Straighten Architecture Perfectly With a Tilt-Shift Lens
It's what a tilt-shift lens was born to do. Learn how to straighten up your leaning buildings with this simple technique and never have a parallax problem again.
Secondhand Saviour: Fstoppers Reviews the Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX-II 11-16mm f/2.8
Brand new kit breaking the bank? No problem. Take a snoop in the photography bargain bin to discover used camera kit that's still top quality at a fraction of the price.
6 Artists Who Can Improve Your Architectural Photography
Though photography may be a relatively new medium, visual representations of our world most certainly are not. Here are some artists that are worth studying if you want to improve your architectural photography, particularly in black and white.
Laowa 15mm f/4.5 Shift Lens Versus Canon TS-E 17mm f/4.0L: Which Is the Best Wide Angle Shift Lens?
For many architectural photographers, the widest viable lens has been the Canon 17mm tilt-shift for some time. In some sense, this lens is pretty much a requirement, because there are plenty of occasions where a 24mm lens just isn't wide enough. The problem is that this lens isn't exactly cheap, but fortunately, we now have a new alternative.
Editing Architecture Images Should Not Be Complicated
Architecture is one of the most complex subjects to post-process. It involves a lot of planning from shoot to edit. But there are also other ways to edit these images, so let's try to simplify it, shall we?
I Tricked Photographer Mike Kelley With an iPhone Photo
I was recently in L.A. filming a new project with Mike Kelley, and I decided to sneak one of my photos into a critique we did together.
Built for Architecture: Fstoppers Reviews the Laowa 15mm f/4.5 Zero-D Shift Lens
Architectural photographers face many technical challenges when shooting massive structures, especially when space to shoot from is limited. This is one of those cases in which the gear absolutely enables the photographer to take better images.
5 Easy Composition Tips for Photographing Cityscapes
For any photography enthusiast, a nice view of a city’s skyline can be quite irresistible to photograph.
Fstoppers Reviews Venus Optics 14mm: A Mirrorless Wide Angle with Zero Distortion?
Both Nikon and Canon’s new mirrorless mounts don’t have huge libraries of existing lens designs available for legacy mounts. While adapters help, a native option can offer a number of advantages. Venus Optics, noted for their unique lens designs, has just launched a new wide-angle with native mount support for a wide variety of mirrorless cameras. Is it worth checking out?
5 Inconvenient Facts About Getting Your Photographs Stolen
Have you ever had a photo of yours stolen? Here are some important things you should know about.
How to Selectively Expand the Background of Your Photo
Who hasn't had a photo that you wanted to print or post, but it wasn't quite the proportion that you needed? Even if you're not a Photoshop guru, Photoshop's Content-Aware Scale feature can help stretch a photo to fit perfectly without disturbing your subject.
Beyond Ultra-wide: Fstoppers Reviews the Laowa FF 9mm f/5.6 W-Dreamer Lens
We all know this lens is currently the widest rectilinear lens in the market today. But how well does it actually perform?
Buildings Gone Wide: A Review of the Laowa Full Frame 10-18mm for Architectural Photography
Anyone who has shot buildings and interiors might wonder what possibilities shooting at 10mm could unlock. This lens definitely triggered my curiosity.
The Easiest Way to Give Your Images a Fresh New Look
One area a lot of photographers can focus their quarantined free time is updating their portfolios. Unfortunately, taking new and fresh photos is probably not part of that process, but that doesn't mean you still can't find new images to add to your website or social media stream.
Tips to Improve Your Real Estate Photography
Real estate photography can be a profitable extension of your existing company, or you can become a specialist in the area. If you are just starting out, Brad Filliponi has a few tips to get you on the right track.
How to Improve the Photography on Your Airbnb Listing
Good photos are golden when you are listing on Airbnb. Bad images can hold back a lot of DIY hosts.
The Easiest Way to Replace a Sky in a Photo
I've been replacing skies manually in Photoshop for over 15 years now. It's time-consuming and tedious, but I assumed it was the only way. But now, Luminar 4 claims to be able to swap skies with a single click, and it's quite impressive.
An Experiential Review of the Atomos Shinobi External Monitor for Photography
The use of external monitors in shooting stills at honestly seemed unnecessary at first, especially in shooting more pace-sensitive kinds of photography. But as an architectural photographer who generally has more room for precise compositions, it seemed more feasible.