can anyone teach me photography online?

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can anyone teach me photography online?

Postby jatin.architect » Sat Jan 06, 2007 6:28 pm

I'm an architectural student.....wanna learn if ne1 has the power to teach it online plz do tht favour
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Postby AP » Mon Jan 15, 2007 1:54 pm

Surely that's an impossibility. It'd be like learning the trombone over the internet. Why not just buy a good book? The internet can't solve everything.
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Architectural photography basics

Postby Kevin » Mon Jan 15, 2007 3:10 pm

Here are some quick basics on architectural photography.

1) The biggest single issue that distinguishes most architectural photography from other photography is the dominance of the two-point perspective.

If you study the classics of architectural photography by the likes of Ezra Stoller ( ... rtificeinc ) and Julius Shulman ( ... rtificeinc ), you'll see that most images are carefully composed as two-point perspectives, with some one-point persectives, and just a few three-point perspectives.

Most of the tricks of the trade have to do with getting those two-point perspectives, and getting them right.

2) Probably the next set of issues have to do with lighting, which is important and distinctly different between the exterior and interior.

Outside, the sun is generally very important. And since the subjects in architectural photography tend not to move around a lot, that means being conscious of and working with the time of day.

3) Even though photography of architecture is often called upon to present a somewhat stylized or perfected, idealized view of a place (not unlike fashion photography or product photography in that regard), there is usually also a documentary component to building photographs. (Pure art pics of buildings would be a different category than architectural photography.)

As a result, relatively small apertures with long depth-of-field are appropriate for most exposures. That's in contrast, for instance, to candids of people, where it is often very effective to use wide apertures for the shallow depth-of-field effect known as "bokeh", where the subject is sharp and the background blurred, concentrating attention on the subject.

4) The primary equipment specialization for learning architectural photography is a wide angle lens, or a very good very-wide-angle-zoom.

You need wide angle for much interior photography, to work around limited viewpoints in urban conditions, and as an aid in achieving two-point perspective using off-center camera aiming.

And for architectural photography your wide angle lenses need to be good ones, because the straight lines in many building views (and parallel ones, in two-point images) create a very low tolerance for barrel distortion. A bunch of good technical camera review sites online go through many lens options in detail. ... iew_2.html

Some start-up camera advice is here:

And here are a few example images...

In a classic two-point perspective, the direction of view is looking along a strictly horizontal vector, neither up nor down (actually a tiny bit off upwards in this example, but close enough to give you the idea):
Photo, Courtyard · Allewelt House · near Modesto, California ... _3316.html

Nearly one-point perspective, just a touch off-axis to one side, into two-point:
Photo, Rear Facade and Garden · Allewelt House · near Modesto, California ... _3288.html

Three-point perspective, looking up at an angle:
Visual excitement in the circulation spaces.
U.S Federal Courthouse, Eugene, Oregon ... mage_2.jpg

Uncommon one-point perspective, looking straight up:
Photo, Courtyard Roof · Allewelt House · near Modesto, California ... _3406.html
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Postby miscreant » Mon Jun 23, 2008 8:26 am

there's some great sites for it, like, i also recommend getting books. you can learn a lot when you're part of a forum and everyone is trying to help out everyone else, especially when that forum is run by camera manufacturers but the risk in that is that they want you to buy their products... good luck, -Fishfool @ The Reef Tank
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Postby Pbartf64 » Wed Jul 02, 2008 11:20 pm

First I would like to state that photography has no absolute rules when it comes to creativity. I suggest to first look at lots of websites of architectural photographers and take note the different approaches in composition, lighting and other technical techniques. I would then buy some books to help explain some things in technical terms.

Architectural photography is a great specialty for a photographer to pursue but be patient because it takes time to learn.
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architectural photography

Postby Remiss63 » Mon Mar 22, 2010 10:11 pm

I've written a blog post about how to frame and conceptualize architectural images called 'How to see abstractly'.
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Postby althusser » Tue Feb 08, 2011 7:11 am

Thanks for the help guys. Great post.
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Postby David Owen » Tue May 17, 2011 9:08 pm

And a couple of good, if basic and general pages online offering overviews of the types of perspectives, for anyone not already familiar with the terminology, can be found at Wikipedia: ... aphical%29

(and to a lesser extent: )

And probably the best intro to architectural graphics, which offers a great overview of all kinds of visual communication in architecture, is Frank (Francis) Ching's book called simply "Architectural Graphics": ... 690&sr=8-1
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Re: can anyone teach me photography online?

Postby misslady » Sun Feb 12, 2012 3:27 am

there are many tutorials about photography.
you can actually search or look for forum thread here. but best experience would be trying to explore on your own.
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Re: can anyone teach me photography online?

Postby Studio2a3d » Wed Jun 06, 2012 10:18 pm

Tons of videos on youtube too.

3d architectural renderings by studio2a
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