Architectural photography doesn’t always have to be wide angle, but can also feature many details which are part of the architecture. After all it’s the sum of the parts that makes the whole. When taking or looking at wide angle shots we can enjoy and get lost in the geometry and scale of a building but sometimes we miss the details.
This article is a brief introduction to HDR vertorama photography so that you can understand what the main components of this style of photography is. Understanding HDR vertorma photography can be easily broken into two parts, understanding what HDR is and then knowing what a vertorama is.
Picture 1: St. Edmundsbury Cathedral Church (Facing east)
By focussing on architectural photography, specifically church photography I have found four main factors that have contributed to improving my photography. They have also elicited positive feelings I hadn’t expected and motivated me to continue photographing more churches and cathedrals.
Since rekindling my passion for photography I’ve found myself returning to cathedrals and churches again and again, (and again) to take photographs, but why?
Well, my mother is happy as she thinks I’ll find God, whereas my wife is worried, as she thinks I want to be a monk.
When I stopped by in this church it was clear that to capture the full dynamic range of this scene required HDR capture. This meant I would have to bracket my shots. I took enough brackets to ensure that I had the desired amount of detail in the highlights and shadows, as well as ensuring that nothing was blown out (use those blinkies & histogram :-D).
Notes on Prague as promised… Going on holiday with my wife and taking the camera along (not the other way around) can quickly turn into a photographic journey where you’re always in the right place at the wrong time. But you know that something is going wrong when you’re sitting in a coffee shop supposedly relaxing, but hearing a nagging voice in your ear (that isn’t your wife’s) saying, ‘Come on man, it’s the golden hour, you could be getting some great shots now, what are you doing here sipping coffee?