There is a lot more to architectural photography than choosing a subject and pressing the shutter. It takes the ability to manage a lot of factors in order to produce an accurate reproduction of a building or series of buildings. The goal of an architectural photograph is to show the form and appeal of a building. The goal of Architectural Photography is to show you how to accomplish the task.
The digital age has brought with it a lot of new opportunities and technologies that not only make this a much more exciting field, but gives both photographers and architect's the ability to present and market their work in new and more exciting ways. Architectural Photography is 232 pages in length and is divided into four chapters.
Chapter One, "Fundamentals," starts off with an examination of what architectural photography is, where it came from, and where it is going. In this short chapter you will look at the early history before photographic technology developed. You will follow through some of the first known photos all the way into modern digital imaging. Then you will explore what it takes to create a true, authentic architectural photograph. Finally, you will explore the different forms of architectural photography.
Chapter Two, "Photographic Technology," describes the technology that is available to you today for taking architectural photographs. First, there is a comparison between film and digital imaging, lens qualities, and cameras. Then, you get into a detailed examination of the equipment that you need to accomplish your goals.
The first thing is the camera. You begin with a discussion of the pros and cons of different types of cameras and formats. Then you look at the different types of lenses, focal ranges, and optical qualities. You're then shown all of the different types of accessories that are helpful such as filters, tri-pods, adapters, memory cards, flashes, and batteries.
Chapter Three, "Shooting Techniques," is about how architecture should be photographed. This includes all of the different aspects that need to be addressed. There are a wide range of factors including composition, existing light, and weather. In this chapter, you will see that different approaches will produce different results.