Jiwangga (@masjiwa on Instagram) is an architect and photographer who is somehow able to transform the most boring buildings into feasts for the eyes. Under his hands, uninspiring lines and curves take on lives of their own, often bringing out the best in today’s urban architecture. His eye for distinctive perspectives has captivated more than 50,000 followers and this number only continues to grow each day.
Classical or contemporary; architectural photography can be as challenging as it is rewarding.
When shooting architectures, there are a few key points that we have to take note of :
1) The direction of light
The camera is a lightbox. As much as the amount of light filtering into the lens in important, the way it hits the subject is equally essential in the creation of a stunning piece of photography. This is even more so in the case of architectural photography as buildings are structured with blocks and grooves. You'll be surprised how much difference a ray of light makes to the picture as a whole.
2) Type of lens
We all understand the frustration of not being able to fit everything we see into the frame. DSLR owners can easily swap out their lens for a wide-angle one. This is where lens attachments come in handy for mobile photographers. With OOWA's 15mm wide-angle lens, expand your viewing range and highlight the building's best features without having to resort to strange angles or standing miles away.
3) Adding an extra dimension
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a building sits on the ground. Bo-ring. How about trying to play with reflective surfaces to give your photos (and viewers) a fresh perspective? While we can't deny that any picture of the Louvre is stunning, a picture with the pyramid reflected in one of the pools of water puts this museum on the top of many visitors' must-see lists in Paris (never mind the Mona Lisa). Many photographers use this technique to create symmetry and a feeling of awe in their photographs. Give it a go!
Jiwangga shot all the images above with the OOWA 15mm lens. Shop here.