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  1. Introduction
  2. Use of architecture photography
  3. Equipment
  4. Lenses
  5. Tripod
  6. Perspective
  7. Lighting
  8. Floodlit buildings
  9. Conclusion

In a broad sense, in architecture photography all kinds of buildings are included. They can be romantic temples or the forts of Rajasthan. Buildings are photographed either to document a mere fact or to depict objects of art. Both these approaches may call for different techniques but technical problems in both are same. Such pictures demand an ultimate definition and reproduction quality which are generally associated with large and medium formats.

[...] Ordinary hand cameras are unsuitable for serious architecture photography. Perhaps the chief strength of these simple cameras lies in their great depth of field even at wide lens apertures. This enables sharp pictures to be obtained even when a fast shutter speed must be used to arrest the movements of the people around the building. Anybody with a simple 35 mm SLR camera can do the job fairly efficiently in a fraction of the time that would be taken with the conventional field camera. [...]

[...] Some of the better cameras have spirit levels built into the camera body. Perspective Photograph of building depends on the camera viewpoint. Often this is determined by the space available and we may have little choice when working in narrow streets. The closer the camera is, the more violent is the perspective, with exaggerations. Conversely, a distant view compresses the depth and makes the structure appear flat. The normal focal length gives the best perspective which is also the most conventional angle. [...]

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