Composition is arguably the most important aspect of architectural or interiors photography and it is far too easy to fall into the trap of relying on wide shots in order to capture every possible design element within an image. I take time to consider what the photography is attempting to convey about a building or an interior space, and then decide what design features to focus on.
Elements of composition that I try to keep in mind are viewpoint, sense of scale, reflections, patterns, texture, symmetry, asymmetry, depth of field, leading lines to a point of interest, curves, frames, contrast, color, negative space, filled space, foreground, background, visual tension, and shapes. Additionally, my composition choice is dramatically influenced by the changing quality of color and light as guided by the time of day or year of the shoot.
Capturing the designer’s intent requires thoughtful observation to get the right image in one or two shots. Telling a visually captivating design story is supported by focusing on the design details and the unique use of building materials to record the character of the built environment in as few images as possible.