Every building or landscape has its practical uses. However, many architects take pride in designing their projects to be aesthetically striking, as well. When using architectural photography to capture the bold lines of a stadium or the shapely patterns of a swatch of terrain, there are a couple of techniques that can help you show off your subject in the best light, so to speak.

During a photo shoot, it’s important to consider the source and direction of your lighting. If the purpose of your piece is to feature high levels of contrast, your camera may need some adjusting to prevent incorrect scene exposure. You can try applying compensation, or you can bracket your shots at varying exposure values before you merge them in an editing program.

Architectural photography is a great means of trying new perspectives. Wide angle lenses (also called “fish eye” lenses) are useful tools for framing whole structures within their environments. If your camera isn’t able to entirely capture the scene you want, consider a panoramic format. You can stitch multiple shots together in the camera, or you can employ editing software after you’ve finished your photo shoot to achieve the same kind of effect.

Each artist has a story to tell. While many pictures may be worth a thousand words, why not aim for a piece that renders your audience truly speechless? With architectural photography, you have a powerful visual medium to show off your subject and your talents at their best.