What is Architectural Photography?

While I’ve worked in this field for many years, I don’t think I’ve written an entire blog just covering the definition of architectural photography and all the questions I get about it from businesses and homeowners unfamiliar with photography specialty. This article is designed to help you understand how this photography is set apart from other kinds, details to understand, and some FAQs on the subject.


Defining Architectural Photography

It’s easy to think of architectural photography simply as the photographing of buildings, but there’s more to it than that. Architectural photography is about capturing not only the design and accurate representation of a building, but to have the shots be aesthetically pleasing to the viewer’s eye. An architectural photographer makes pictures, not takes pictures.

Architectural photographers require additional skills and techniques to capture the beauty of buildings, from the use of perspective control to capture complete spaces to knowing where and when to find the shots.


Interiors and Exteriors of Architectural Photography

It’s also important to note that architectural photography isn’t just about taking pictures of building exteriors: building interiors are just as vital, especially for showing off residential buildings and in the hotel and resort industries.


Frequently Asked Questions about Architectural Photography

Below are a few of the most commonly asked questions when it comes to architectural photography. Make sure to review my blogs for more information and answers.

  • Can architectural photography contain people? Of course! Adding people to your photography can show how the space is used and provide a sense of scale. Adding the human element – from patrons to staff – makes a difference for many businesses.

  • What’s the most important element in architectural photography? Lighting. From finding the best time to shoot exteriors to getting interior lighting just right, lighting is going to have the biggest impact on shooting dates and work both before and after the shoot. I pride myself in working to capture what the architect envisioned especially how they have lit the room or exterior surface. I only add lights when truly needed.

  • What does a professional photographer have to do before the shoot? A lot of things, but for the client, the most important thing is probably the pre-shoot walkthrough.

  • What kind of image manipulation can be done to photography? Because of its nature, architectural photography is about capturing the accurate representation of a building. With that said, there are many post-processing tricks used to help deal with things like construction, distracting elements, and even shooting during the wrong season.

Have any more questions? Want to learn more about other elements or get a quote on your project? Contact ShupeStudios, operating in the greater Boston area with professional architectural photography and beyond.