29 : Using Architecture


Structured Images


This week's challenge is an opportunity to combine some ideas we have already covered, including texture and framing, while seeing "the bigger picture".  You will incorporate architectural features into your images to heighten the impact and overall feel.

The key to this challenge is making architecture, be it urban or rural, grand or simple, a character in your day-to-day shooting. Breaking it down, most architectural features are made up of lines, shapes and repeating patterns. You can find amazing architecture in every setting, from barn doors to curving stairways to plate glass windows on skyscrapers.  

Use the lines and shapes available to you when you journey around with your camera this week. As you go, here are some mistakes to avoid

  1. Photographing a kid randomly in front of a large building. Be selective - try looking for posts, beams or window frames that can specifically add to your composition. Grabbing a shot of your subject near any random wall will look like a snapshot so be thoughtful.
  2. Zooming in. There probably won't be many chances for close-ups this week. Back up and look at a wider vista instead.
  3. Crooked horizons. Unless you are intentionally photographing at an angle, keeping your horizontal (and vertical) lines as straight as possible will give the best results.

This lesson is a wonderful opportunity to think about some of the buildings and/or structures that are meaningful to your family. Your home, a favorite park, the school, or your local downtown all make wonderful backdrops for this challenge!


Creative Prompts

Look for big features and strong lines to incorporate into your story! The setting (urban, suburban, or rural) is less important that the impact you create with shapes and composition. Try these for starters:

  • Steps
  • Bridges
  • Archways
  • Columns
  • Spiral Staircases
  • Doorways
  • Windows

Whether inside or out, enjoy the opportunity to notice and appreciate the many structures that surround you this week!

Share your images!

As always, we look forward to seeing your images in the Facebook group! If you have never posted a picture, it's fine to start any time. The Facebook group is a positive, no-judgement zone. We also hope that reach out for advice or help if you need it!