architectural photography

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Penny | 14:36 Fri 10th Feb 2006 | Arts & Literature
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I have an assignment to do and part of the research says:

undertake an illustrated research into specialist architecture photography, equipment used and current trends in this genre.

can anyone help me with this?...what are the current trends in this type of photography?

also - what publications/magazines is archictecture photography included in? and what are each of their target audiences?

thank you in advance for any help!


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I think papers like the Guardian and Telegraph have architecture pages with reports and photos, probably just once a week. So do many lifestyle magazines; some of their photos are architectural though others are more about interior decoration.

For non-consumer publication, try googling "architectural photography". This is the first one that came up but there were 839,999 others.

There is a difference between photographing architecture and architectural photography.
Photographing architecture can be seen to be any picture that has a building in it in any shape or form.
Architecturural photography however is usually client led and has it own rules and procedures.
An architect or developer will commision a photographer to photograph their building and this will probably consist of a full elevation shot (showing the whole building) and perhaps detail shots (showing detailng - doors, interiors, ground shots etc).
The main issue facing architectural photography is converging verticals. When using a wide angle lens straight lines tend to curve inwards as the reach the edge of the frame. This makes the building look as it is falling over and is an un natural look. With digital technology this can be compensated for but traditionally - arch. photographers have used a rail camera - where the back (where the film is held ) can be moved independently of the lens. With adjustments converging verticals can be avoided. The use of shift lens on SLR cameras can also compensate for this.
Go here and click on members portfolios and drop down to 'architectural' for examples of current trends

Look at magazines such as Architectural Journal, Building Design and Wallpaper.
Best architectural photographer ever - Julius Shulman (look him up)!
Target audience - other architects, architectural students, designers, property developers, etc.
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thanks for the help.

sorry...just to clear it's photographing architecture - taking pictures of any part of any building at any angle.

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