Photography is a form of art; and architecture is all about art. An architect must know how to take snaps of his surroundings to capture his perspective and the way he sees the world around him. This helps others understand his thought process and also inspires new thoughts. Most importantly, it helps an architect add gems to his portfolio.
I am a beginner at photography myself, but I will try my best to post useful tips and tutorials.
The first question that comes to everyone’s mind is ‘which camera?’…
There are 3 basic types of cameras available today:
- Mobile Phone Cameras (Low quality, Casual)
- Digital Cameras (Medium quality, Acceptable)
- Digital Single-Lens Reflex Cameras (DSLRs) or Interchangeable Lens Cameras (High quality, Professional)
Mobile phone cameras are very easy to use and are designed to be so. For mobile phone cameras, the term ‘megapixels’ (a unit of graphic resolution equivalent to one million or (strictly) 1,048,576 (220) pixels) matters.
Obviously, the higher the megapixels, the better the camera. It is basically a measure of the number of colored dots that compose a picture taken by the camera. More dots means higher detail. Good quality mobile cameras will have at least 7.2 megapixels.
Digital cameras are for family use – taking photos at your sister’s birthday or at a holiday abroad. Once again, megapixels matter. But here, you’re looking for above 12 megapixels. 10 will do, but if you look close, you will see the difference. Reading the instruction manual can make you a pro for digital cameras. They’re not too difficult to use. I believe the first choice for digital cameras should be Canon or Olympus. Sony is also good. I find Nikon a little complicated and expensive.
DSLRs are an entirely different world… I’ll leave that for future posts.
You can find good cameras here.