There are a number of useful techniques to help you add a little more impact to your pictures. This tutorial will cover the following areas:
• Basic equipment
• Optical zoom on your PowerShot or IXUS
• Alternative viewpoints
• Capturing the detail
• Old versus new
• Time of the day
• Black & white
Grande Arc Paris, You Connect member Stefan Leisi, Canon EOS 40D
One of the benefits of photographing architecture is that you don’t need lots of equipment to get started; the zoom on your IXUS or PowerShot will let you take a wide range of photos of buildings. Being an optical-type zoom, image quality is maintained.
Ideally you also need a tripod but full size ones can be awkward to carry around – an alternative the smaller type with flexible legs permitting it to grip to some objects.
If you don’t use a tripod set a fast shutter speed; this will help to reduce the effects of camera shake. In lower light, increase the ISO speed setting will let you shoot with faster shutter speeds.