For the Blogging University Photography Course I’m taking online, two of our latest assignments had to do with architectural photography. The lessons included the use of monochromatic photography playing with lines and light, as well as pops of color in an otherwise monochromatic photo to add interest and character.
I love architecture – the older the better, and have learned a lot over the years by looking at other photographers’ works. A great place to notice others’ work is to use Instagram, or to follow the blogs of other photographers. However, at the time that I began taking a closer look at photography in order to learn technique, there were no such things, and so I looked at magazine photos. I learned a lot just by doing this.
I have used the above techniques before, but found it a greater challenge to add a pop of color from the actual subject, rather than through an edit afterward. I love editing photos – just for the shear fun of seeing what I can come up with. My favorite editing tools are “HDR” (High Def Resolution) because it adds a measure of 3 dimensional aspects to the photo if not overused. I also love a tool call “Glow Effect” because it adds varying degrees of glow and tends to soften the photo a bit, taking out extra grain. It can add some illusion of light to the photo if not overused. One of my most favorites is “Grunge”. It adds age and artistry through adding a variety of textures into the photo. Grunge isn’t appropriate for every photo, but can add something special if used, once again, with moderation. Each of these tools can be found in the “Snapseed Photo App”, along with many others.
HISTORIC WILDNERNESS CHURCH, HANOVER, MD
This photo was taken in color and then through an editing app, (Aviary) was given a pop of color by adding the red back onto the door. The Aviary App is not able to adjust to using different colors, and so will only add back in the original color. I like this application because it doesn’t demand a lot of information from the user in order to install, and is also very easy to use. It is now administered by Adobe. (The amount of information the App requires to download is kind of a big issue with me in determining which apps I use on my phone.) Also, you will notice that the photo is cropped in order to remove some of the front of the church. This was done on purpose as I wanted the viewer to be drawn to the upward lines of the church’s roof and steeple. I also liked the quirkiness of the photo being offsides. For most of my edits, I use the app, Snapseed, because I find it versatile and allows for professional style edits. However, it doesn’t have a coloring app, and so I use Aviary for this. Also, both photo apps are free. Aviary does have the ability to purchase upgrades and additional editing tools, something I am not really concerned with, but some may appreciate.
These next two photos were fun, because I wanted to add a pop of color without the above editing tool. The photos are edited to enhance the colors and lines using the Snapseed App, but the colors are true to the door and window of the church. I did use HDR and enhanced the saturation of the photo as well as the light and contrast.
While capturing the shot for the monochromatic photo posted below, I noticed that when I looked more closely at the window to the right of the door, I could see the stained glass door on the other side of the church through the window – a pop of color in an unexpected place! Once again I used HDR, glow, adjusted light and contrast, intensified the saturation, and added a frame – all from Snapseed.
I wanted the viewer to notice the varying lines of the exterior of the church, so I chose to edit the photo in Snapseed to make it to black and white. Also, because I was going for lines, and not necessarily the entire subject, I chose to photograph only a portion of the building and to do so I photographed more of the angular lines of the roof and steeple, capturing the curving lines contrasted with the horizontal straight lines of the wood siding. My edits besides black and white were to work with the light and contrasts.
I love the ability to be able to capture the beauty God has created around me. To capture a moment in time allows me the luxury of being able to go back to that moment later, and remember. Remember beauty, remember gifts, remember all that is lovely, and remember that the One who created it all chose to use that beauty, that gift, that loveliness to relate to me.