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PMH Photo Challenge #8 – Architecture

Welcome to the Project Motorhouse Photo Challenge!

Are you 19 or under and living in Thanet? Then you are eligible for the Project MotorHouse Photo Challenges where you could win up to £50 for 1st place, or £25 each for two runners up! The October/Novmeber challenge is ARCHITECTURE. Follow us on Instagram at @pmhramsgate, and tag your photos with #pmhphotochallenge8 to enter (or you can email images to jm@projectmotorhouse.org.uk). The deadline for the competition is midnight on Tuesday November 30th. Photos taken with any type of camera or phone are allowed. We’ll be judging your photos on criteria such as relevance to the theme, creativity, composition, lighting, and so on. (This is a challenge to practice your photography, not your Photoshop skills or crazy filters, so please no excessive post-production).

Architecture: Architectural photography generally means photography that focuses on buildings. It can include the outside or the inside, wide shots or details, but should try to capture the ‘spirit’ of the building and at the same time create a visually appealing image. You should’t find it hard to find a subject, as buildings are all around us, and as they don’t move about, you can revisit them at different times of day and study how the changing light affects how they look!

Here are some tips and ideas to get you started:

TIP #1

1 – SHOOT WIDE – go as wide asyour camera lets you – zoom out, not in! This will capture as much of the building as possible. 



TIP #2

2 -THINK ‘SIMPLE’ – look for clean andsimple patterns and shapes, highlighting the geometry of the building 



TIP #3

3 – PHOTOGRAPH SOME DETAILS – youcould show a detail from the building to complement the wider shots 



TIP #4

4 – DON’T BE AFRAID TO INCLUDE PEOPLE. Architecture photography doesn’t have to just be the building – including people in the photo can help add a sense of scale

Photo by eric anada from Pexels 


5 – LOOK FOR INTERESTING ANGLES AND VIEWPOINTS. Try getting in close and looking up, squeezing into corners or looking down from the top of staircases – you might make some unique and unusual photographs.

Photo by Lewis Smart – Royal Harbour Academy 


TIP #6

6 – TRY SHOOTING AT DIFFERENT TIMES OF DAYTo capture some different looks when shooting buildings, try revisiting the at different times of the day and in different weather conditions and see what look you want to capture 



Most of all, have fun and experiment