3 Best Lenses for Architectural Photography

Architectural photography is truly an art form. It includes taking photographs of buildings, different landmarks and even full horizons or landscapes. As a photographer looking to branch out into this division of photography, you will want to make sure you have the best camera and camera equipment in tow. One of the more important decisions for your business is in regards to lens choices. With so many lenses to choose from, you want to make sure that your purchases are the right purchases for your business. Here are a few great lenses to choose.

Tools and Materials You Will Need

  • Your camera
  • This guide
  • A pen and paper
  • Computer
  • Internet connection or online access

Step 1 - Buy a Tilt-Shift Lens

Tilt shift lenses are great for a photographer that is looking to control what is called the center line. What this lens does is allow you to change that line without changing the way your angle or photograph will portray your building. This means that your perspective will remain the same. Tilt lenses also give you the ability to control what is and what is not in focus during your photo shoot. Using the lens, you can easily focus in only on the subject, whereas everything else will remain out of focus.

Step 2 - Buy a Fixed Focal Length Lens

This type of lens will allow you to take photographs at quick rapid speeds. The only drawback with purchasing this type of lens is that you cannot change the focal length for different photograph perspectives. So, if you know that you will take a ton of photos at one focal length routinely, this may be a great purchase decision to have in your camera bag for your architectural photography business.

Step 3 - Buy a Widest Prime Lens

As you shoot architecture, the photographs depend on the angle of view that is taken during the photography shoot. For this reason, you should consider purchasing a wide prime lens (wide angle lens). A wide angle lens allows you to take photographs at different angles and different focal lengths. A part of being a great photographer in architecture is your ability to take photographs of buildings that also include their surroundings. This is called "taking the context." Since most photographers in this domain depend on their ability to crop out the pieces that they do not need, having a wide angle lens to shoot a lot of the background is a great enhancement to your photography equipment.

Your wide angle lens should have great flare control because often you will take photographs of buildings and architecture that subjects your camera to the bright light of the sun.

Step 4 - Other Elements to Consider

When purchasing a lens, below are the individual elements that should be considered:

  • Purchase a lens that has great corner sharpness.  In addition, the lens should offer a wide field of view
  • Use a well corrected lens when considering distortion.
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