Not being one of the more common forms of photography, architectural photography has been coming up in quite a big way, over the past few years. Like most other types of photography, there are a great many technical aspects to keep in mind, if you want to produce some really high-quality Architectural photos. Be it the case of commercial photography in Melbourne or anywhere else, a lot of those aspects are pretty much the same.


However, before we delve into the technical aspects, it is important to recognize and understand one thing - It is equally important to develop a few soft skills in conjunction. Additionally, understanding the aspects of architecture is the first step in the right direction. Only then can one thoroughly delve into the aspects of architectural photography, and what an architect specifically looks for in capturing their particular design intent.


On that very note, here are 6 of the main aspects of architectural photography:-


  • Form: Basically, the materiality and massing of architecture in particular, automatically pave the way for unique opportunities to capture the specific qualities that give meaning to the project. Like for instance, how a user would define its approach as well as how the project would react to various environmental conditions.

  • Function: This mainly entails finding a meaning in those moments that specifically define the space along with users engaged in the environment of that very space. This makes aspects like usability and scales much more tangible.  

  • Context: When one gets down to identifying whether the project actually complements, blends or challenges the context itself, will enable you to get a broader picture of the entire story at hand. Sometimes the crux of the story may be defined simply by the form of the land, whereas in other cases, it may not be so easy or straightforward.

  • Scale: In the case of this aspect, all the 3 aspects of context, form, and function provide relative relationships to scale in general. This includes recognizing the fact that something as (seemingly) insignificant as a handrail, can make all the difference in creating a complete user experience.

  • Time: Being a broad concept, architecture is not just affected by the time of day, but also by weather and seasons. A tiny aspect, like knowing which side of your project has the most natural light, can go a long way in changing the story of your project.

  • Movement: Now this aspect basically experiencing and looking at a space beyond the confines of a single 2-dimensional image. This aspect binds all the other aspects of function, context, scale, and form by providing a deeper sense of the intricate relationships between the aforementioned aspects.  

For anyone interested in architectural photography, you can be sure that keeping the aforementioned aspects in mind is a no-brainer. Furthermore, depending on the type of architectural photography, one can also look at one or two of the aspects as more important than the rest. Keeping this fact in mind is vital.


Since each one of us have our own preferences, it would be advised that you approach architectural photography with a clear picture and idea of which of the above aspects, you see as being tailor-made to your preference. That way, you’ll have a much clearer idea of what to do and how to go about it, in a systematic manner.


Additionally, should you choose to contact a renowned service that provides architectural photography, make sure that you keep these aspects in mind at all times? After all, you will end up choosing the best service for your work, depending on whether or not those services hold these aspects in high regard. That’s one of the few ways that you can separate the professionals from the amateurs.