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Sushant Anand's picture

Critique my first architecture photo

Looking for feedback. I typically shoot landscapes but new at that too. Found this property while driving around aimlessly and wanted to capture the beauty. Would love advice, what could I have done better? What do you think?

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Daniel L Miller's picture

From a technical perspective there is absolutely nothing wrong with this image. It even captures a sense of environment. Someone might argue that you could have fixed the converging lines of the wide angle but that doesn't bother me.

The challenge arises from the visual chaos of the plants. There is a LOT going on.

One of the questions we seek to answer in an architectural photo is "How do I use this space?" The image is begging for a person or other object to hold our gaze.

Sushant Anand's picture

Thank you so much. I didn't know about the question around "How do I use this space?" but I'll read up more on it. Yes, definitely a lot going on and I felt that while being in the space.

Though I didn't understand what you mean by fixing the converging lines of the wide angle lens. Any way you could point that out to me? Is it around edges, the ceiling or the posts in the foreground?

Lawrence Huber's picture

As a licensed Architect i see no architecture.
It still looks like a landscape.
Nice photo but as an architecture photo it is not there.
If this were my design I would look elsewhere for an artist to capture the architecture.
Here plants set the environment but you still see the architecture.

Willy Williams's picture

Architectural photography is defined as "the sub genre of the photography discipline where the primary emphasis is made to capturing photographs of buildings and similar architectural structures that are both aesthetically pleasing and accurate in terms of representations of their subjects." (Wikipedia) What I see here is a ruin of an older building, not an accurate, aesthetically pleasing representation of a structure intended to represent the skill of an architect, or perhaps represent a building to potential lessors or buyers. Suggest that you work on redefining architectural photography in YOUR vernacular. With that in mind, start by working on getting your verticals truly plumb and your horizontals truly level as a starting point and work from there. Suggest, too, that you take a few classes on architectural photography as a genre and grow from there on a foundation of a good education in the art.

I've "tuned" the last photo posted above to get the verticals plumb. Due to the angled perspective, the horizontals will appear to converge off-screen to the right. You should be able to get the idea from here.

Jonathan Lodge's picture

I like it Sushant, very interesting space. The vertical lines need to be vertical, difficult to tell with the horizontals but they don't bother me, so probably ok without getting it in PS with the ruler guides.

Sushant Anand's picture

Thanks so much Jonathan. Do you mean I should use Lightroom perspective tool to straighten the poles in the foreground? Or I should have taken the image at another height?

Larry Chism's picture

Lightroom doesn't have the tools you need to post process this image. You shot this on your Sony A7II? If so use Sony's raw processor to begin your edit, to get the most from this image you will need to use Photo Shop and PS layers for exposure blending. Look at Mike Kelly's "Where Art Meets Architecture" I'm not suggesting you buy it but look at his intro and his final images to get a feel for good brochure work.

Jonathan Lodge's picture

The LR perspective tool works most of the time, failing that, transform tool in PS to skew or whatever to get things straight using the rulers. Always best to get it right in camera as much as possible to save the post work. perhaps higher up and camera tilted down a bit so that the lines are vertical. I use the level in liveview on my Nikon D750 which is pretty reliable and then check it in PS with rulers.

Larry Chism's picture

Have you tried Nikon's NX Studio? That's where I start my raw file post processing, save as a .tif flie and go streight to Photo Shop. I'm shooting with a Nikon Z7, waiting for a Z8.

Larry Chism's picture

This could be a fun little space. Fix the verticals and horizontals, add contrast within the overlapping layers. The sky is blown out, if you are shooting raw try and recover some detail. Exposure blending is your friend for this image; a one point perspectives can be powerful and impactful. I really like the shadow grid on the pavers. This photo has a lot of potential if you can recover the details and use the full dynamic range of the image. A portfolio shot in the making, but you have a lot of post processing work to do. Take a look at some of Mike Kelly's finished photos.