Houses falling over
So what do we do? We get a wider angle lens, of course!Optical distortions explained), but to keep things simple - tall building appear to be falling over in wide angle shots. And this is not pleasant to look at most of times. One way to remedy this situation, is to use costly Tilt&Shift lenses ( good article with fab illustrations). In the old days, life was somewhat easier with the folding camera).
Regarding the image on the right, it has been taken with a 18mm lens, but all the verticals are nicely parallel throughout the frame. This is what we will be aiming for. This is also all true for interiors (scroll to the end for further reading).
In a nutshell, images of architecture sell better if they are:
* Corrected for distortion, if it is not evidently intentional
* In ubran environments it is all about composition. Look for patterns and repeating features, strong lines and rows of windows. Use tilt-shift lens if possible or compensate later digitally.
* Truly interesting abstract images can be achieved with long telephoto lenses (300mm and up) where the perspective is extremely compressed and the sense of depth and spatial relation between objects is minimized.
* Rural images enjoy more context which tells a story (farm in the valley, church spire over the forest).
Dreamstime blog articles on the subject:
- Great changes to photography are happening as we speak
- Is pro photography going away??
- Hagia Sophia, Istanbul (Traveling Turkey Series - 1)
- Stock Photography - How to sell your images
- Alba Iulia Fortress - Romania
- You Don't Have To Be An Illustrator To Create a Composite
- The Stock Photography Industry is Changing Again, Will You Be Able to Change Too?
- Tip of the week: Illustrations, how to and how not to