When considering subjects for the current Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Architecture it’s only natural to think of buildings, specifically the exteriors, as the subject of your photos. But you don’t have to limit yourself to the outsides of buildings. In fact you don’t have to limit yourself to buildings at all.
Interior architectural photos are just as valid as exterior ones. If you take a look at Architectural Digest magazine many if not most of the photos they use are of interiors. The insides of a structure can be just as interesting as the exterior if not more so.
Shooting interiors can come with a whole set of challenges different from the outer trappings of a building. First and foremost is that in general there is less light. The first inclination is to supplement the existing light but using an on-camera flash will give the room a cave-like appearance. Unless you want the room to look like Osama Bin Laden’s hideout then avoid using a flash placed on top of camera. There are photographers who specialize in shooting interiors and use sophisticated lighting set ups. They can spend hours getting the lighting just so, But the skill and equipment they employ are far beyond the casual photographer and even some experienced ones. It’s probably the easiest to use the light available in the room as best you can. Overcast days are the best times to shoot. They allow light into the room through the windows without being blasted out.
Unless you’re shooting an empty room much of an interior’s personality comes from its trappings, the furniture, fixtures and drapery. Think about the best angles to include them and how to take advantage of the light to best show them off.
To get room and its furnishings all in focus, you probably want to use a small aperture (around f/8 to f/11) for the greatest depth of field. This combined with the inherently less light of an indoors shot will lead to a slow shutter speed. You might want to consider using a tripod to control camera shake for the sharpest photos.
So there’s just under a week left in the challenge (the deadline is Sunday, Nov. 3). Keep a fresh eye out for unusual or picturesque buildings or structures. Try to emphasis on what makes them stand out and present them in a new and creative light.
Here are the rules:
1. Entries can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Type in “Buildings” in the subject line.
2. Include your name (first and last), hometown, and the kind of camera/lens you used. If you can, tell us what shutter speed you used. If the building/structure has a name please include it as well as where it is located.
3. Photos have to be shot between Oct. 21 and Nov. 3.
4. The subject must be of a building or structure (houses, buildings, bridges, etc).
5. If there is a recognizable person in the photo please include the name (first and last) of your subject, their relationship to you (relative, friend or stranger off the street), their ages (if they are juveniles) and where the photo was taken.
6. Please feel free to include any interesting anecdotes or stories on how you took the picture.
7. The deadline for submission is Sunday, Nov. 3. The top examples will be published on Monday, Nov. 11 with an online gallery of all the photos on the same day.