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January 10, 2013


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Abstract architecture

Tubularr Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I feel like giving it a go. But I need some advice first.
1) What is the best frame of mind to get into for photographing contemporary buildings? What do people like in abstract images?
2) What lenses work best? I would gather that wide angles are quite good for these but which ones are recommended?
3) London is a haven for contemporary buildings. Where in London is the most abundant amounts of them?

I think really I want to update my gallery with images that have interesting shapes from newer constructions. I'm heading up to London on Saturday so I want to see if I can squeeze in a few opportunities to get a few pics.

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KingStephenArthur Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student Photographer
well it's all in the "abstract" part, so obviously you don't want to just take a picture face on an entire building. The one's that I see and like the best take a portion of a large building, not the entire thing. which you may or may not have already noticed yourself, just saying words over here, lol.
Olda-G Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Flikr user 'vulture labs' has a lot of great architecture shots in London. You might look through his gallery.

As Shakurai-Stock mentioned wide-angle lenses are generally most useful but often have distortion issues and there are often perspective issues to deal with. Software like PTLens can be very useful in these cases.
SteveCaissie-stock Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Photographer
1. Kid-like wonder.

2. Yep, mostly wide-angle lenses. Just be aware of potential issues with chromatic aberration and pincushion/barrel distortion. You may need to do some post work on shots with lots of parallel lines. Alternatively, a regular 50mm lens might work in some cases, and be less likely to give you extremes of chromatic aberration or distortion.

3. Never been there, but you could do a search through google or flickr to see what turns up. You might be better off just wandering around on your own with no particular destination in mind. If nothing else, try to resist the urge to photograph some place that’s already been photographed a billion times already, unless you know you can show it in a way that is utterly unique.
Tubularr Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
number 3 sounds about right. While I do some post on images I've already posted on here or tumblr, I want to keep these upcoming shots a bit less photoshopped and more as they were (colourgrading or light touching notwithstanding). We'll see though.
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