Getting Better at Architectural Photography
“I’m a portrait photographer. I’m just not very good at other types of photography.” That’s what I used to say about myself. Maybe saying that was nothing more than a cop-out; a way to explain the frustration I felt when I tried and failed to make good images of landscapes, city scenes and similar types of photos. I mean, the photos I took that didn’t feature people just seemed so uninteresting to me. Comparing my shots to good structure and and landscape photographers didn’t help. And that was likely my problem.
How did I solve it? It was process that involved letting go of certain expectations and opening up to different ways of not only seeing my work, but seeing the world around me. Over the past several years I’ve even dropped some of the insecurities that held me back from seeking help from other photographers who were willing to offer it. And this is where things started to change.
I’ve always admired the work of good architectural photographers and really any imagery that could make a structure look at least as impressive as it does in real life. Lately, I’ve started to like some of my own work in this area, too.
One of the pieces of advice I give to my students and fellow photographers is to avoid comparing yourself to others. Maybe I should’ve listened to my own advice when it came to the types of work I’m not great at. I could’ve been enjoying my take on architectural photography long ago. Hey, but I’m here now. And I’m making the most of it!