In architectural photography, perspective can definitely impact a professional photographer’s results.
There are likely more ways to control an exterior architectural shoot than one might think.
In this particular example of exterior architectural photography, my landscape architectural client chose the iconic, larger-than-life Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford as a backdrop for their work.
Notice that in the PRO shot, cars are whizzing past. This element was included by design. The cars project not only visual interest, but a message of action, excitement and “going places” — the bustle of a downtown setting.
Notice, also, that the PRO shot is a few steps back from the DIY shot in terms of perspective. The convention center appears more grounded in its urban environment. It’s clear this location is in the heart of downtown. But it also gave me an opportunity to pack the composition with local iconic structures: working in the Marriott hotel, the CT Science Center and the two-sided Phoenix building.
The DIY, on the other hand, is truncated, with the ground missing and tops of buildings cut off. And notice the darkness in the windows of the building in the DIY shot, compared to the PRO image.
The PRO photo was taken from the ground, but I was able to control distortion using some of my trusted trade secrets. Perspective control is necessary in post-editing when not using a ladder or lift bucket. You can clearly see the distortion in the DIY image where the buildings tilt in toward the center of the shot — an undesired effect in architectural photography — as compared with the PRO image, where horizontals and verticals look as they do in real life.
Site preparation, or pre-production in photography, is also a vital part of telling a visual story and designing an image.
Having an experienced professional handle your architectural photography will insure that the images capture the vision and tell the story of your projects. In this case, the message is that an experienced landscape architecture firm is ready to put its strategy and creativity to work, making high-profile client projects shine.