建築空間攝影｜與攝影師到北美館散步 Architecture & Interior Photography at Taipei Fine Arts Museum
In the recent photography courses, I talked with the students and found that many people are very interested in architecture and interior photography. Whether you are visiting a cafe, restaurant, or traveling, there are many occasions to take this type of theme photos. However, the content of architecture or interior is relatively challenging to grasp. There is also less chance to understand it, so it makes photography enthusiasts lose confidence or interest in research.
Whether it is interior or architecture, it is composed of three elements: point, line and surface. The fascinating thing is the geometric images that are composed of these three elements. Through the viewfinder and your observation, pick your favorite angles from the existing structure.
Last time I went back to Taiwan, I held a smartphone photography course "walking with the photographer to the Taipei Fine Arts Museum." In the familiar location, through different aspects of observation, I shared: how to Observe these three elements, how to use these elements to compose interesting images, and how to edit interior photos with photography apps.
The following highlights of the course may give you inspiration for architectural and interior photography and increased interest in taking photos.
The angle, Elevation
When studying architectural or interior photography, two angles are important, that is, the Plan and the Elevation. The elevation is that when we stand in front of a wall, our angle of view and the wall remain ninety degrees (Isometric perspective). Which means, keep our shoulders, face and wall parallel.
Taking photos from the facade, you can clearly show the decoration on the wall, the sense of space created by the height of the ceiling, and the feeling of people in the space. If it is the facade of a building, you can see the ingenuity and proportion of the windows and doors and the detail design. Moreover, to understand the relationship between the building and the street view. It is an interesting urban observation.
When shooting the elevation angle, the most important thing is that the shooting angle must remain 90 degrees with the wall. If the architectural elements in the picture are skew, the sense of the composition is missed. Also, the position of the equipment (a camera or a smartphone) is also an important key. Generally, I don't recommend holding the equipment in front of the eyes when shooting (but this is the position that most people are used to). Try other heights and positions to make images more realistic.
Architectural elements observation
Stairs, doors and windows (floor-to-ceiling windows, skylights) , lamps, ceilings, floors, beams and columns are all elements of a building or interior. Add the details in the composition; you can capture charming and interesting pictures. At the same time, try to shoot from different angles, get rid of the normal shooting positions, which will make images more attractive.
Light and the penetrating
Light is an essential key in architectural or interior photography. Whether it is a natural light that penetrates space faintly or a dramatic spotlight, the image will be performed more excited, the authentic personality in this space.
In the editing of the architecture and interior images, in addition to my favorite filter effects, I pay more attention to the first impression that this space presents. And then, I strengthen the atmosphere through editing. Instead of using a favorite filter, I would edit images in a way that represents the spirit of the space better.
I have drawn up photography courses for returning to Taiwan in early April 2019. I also planned two architecture and interior courses. For interested photography enthusiasts, please click on the links below to read the content and make an appointment. Feel free to click on the link to view Architecture and Interior images