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Creative Composition Tips for Architectural Photographers - Framing the Building

Just as in other genres of photography, framing the subject (in our case buildings) works well most of the time. Composing the picture using creative framing helps give some context to the structure and create depth in the picture with different elements placed at different distances.

Framing the Building
Photo by: Brian Smithson

There are many elements, both natural and man-made that one could use as frames. One classic example of natural frame is a tree or just some branches. Including trees could add a welcoming natural feel to the buildings.

Other options which are man-made are arches, windows, flags or simply using other buildings. In certain cases even elements from the site layout could be very effectively used. Anything that helps create foreground interest, crop your image down and also give your subject some context should work fine.

Creative Composition Tips for Architectural Photographers
Photo by: Universal Pops

Framing with natural objects such as trees works better with traditional architecture which gels better with the natural environment than their modern counterparts who use dynamic lines to generate dramatic graphic impact.

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