zaaimhariz said: Hey Bob! I'm going to be visiting NYC and Boston this winter. I am a big fan of architectural photography. Do you have any advice or tips for this type of photography?
I love New York City but I haven’t been to Boston yet. I have a few ideas for you regarding NYC and a bit on architecture photography in general:
- The Empire State Building - Go to the 102nd floor. Pay the extra money and get the express pass. It saves tons of time. Get there just before sunset or at sunrise if possible. Here is a shot I was pretty happy with: http://bobcronkphotography.com/post/66967097713/concrete-jungle-so-i-guess-there-is-a-really
- Observations Decks - I believe the GE building has one and Rockafeller Center (Top of the Rock) as well. One of those should give you a good shot of the Chrysler building, which is a great piece of architecture. Don’t forget your zoom lens.
- The Bridges - The bridges are beautiful pieces of architecture. The Brooklyn Bridge, especially. I would also recommend crossing the Brooklyn Bridge and turning around and getting a shot of Manhattan. That is one thing I wish I would have done. Here is my shot of the bridge: http://bobcronkphotography.com/post/67471215392/brooklyn-bridge-i-spent-a-good-amount-of-time
- Statue of Liberty - I didn’t get a chance to see this but if I did I would try to get a shot that was a bit different from the million other shots that are out there. I would recommend getting creative with this one to make it stand out.
- Grand Central Terminal - A must see. I spent a good hour in there just shooting the interior. Bring a lens that is going to let in a lot of light (low aperture). Here is my shot of the world famous clock: http://bobcronkphotography.com/post/67745272943/keeping-us-on-time-one-of-the-most-famous-clocks
- Walk - Once you are in the city, everything is so close together that you can really walk from one thing to another. And there is a lot to see in between. This will give you a chance to really get into the boroughs and see life on the street. The old apartment buildings are worth seeing. Just like out of a movie set. Make sure you hit Little Italy.
- HDR - Otherwise known as High Dynamic Range photography (taking multiple shots at different exposures and combining them). If your camera has a bracketing feature, learn to use it. Architecture can look amazing when done in HDR. It really brings out the details. Don’t forget to turn off bracketing when you are done! I have made that mistake a number of times.
There really is so much more to see but this should be enough to get you started. Wear comfortable shoes, travel light and eat the pizza! Enjoy!