One frequent question in my posts is related to how can photographers get prepared to travel to Barcelona and for architecture photography
Here we talk about what photography equipment you should bring to capture nice Barcelona architecture and where to go. In the end of the post you’ll find tips about where to buy photography gear in Barcelona and best places for modern architecture and famous architecture in the city.
– Equipment: A lens with 24-105 or similar will allow you to capture different scenes from details to whole city views , but I think Barcelona is a city where an extra wide angle (say 16-35) totally worth the additional weight and you will make a good use of it. Remember my words, you’ll need the extra view. Specially at the narrow streets of the Gothic and small plazas. But the details in the Gaudi buildings or some city views will need an in depth image (Ramblas is an example) that will justify taking also a long lens.
– White Balance: While in the street I recommend the automatic while balance, when going inside buildings or when predominant light changes to artificial I would recommend to compensante accordingly, cause interiors tend to lack natural light and the temperature of light can change the whole scene. But at the same time we always can choose to do the changes after when editting.
– Lighting / Time of the day: At different times of the day we will have different scenes. When we arrive new to the place or city we should have some information on where the sun rises and where it sets, and the position of the buildings that we want to photograph according to that. It is different to capture the building between yourself and the sun (that can result in a beautiful silhouette if exposing for the sky) than having the sun falling on the façade of the building. Night shots can be very interesting too but make sure to go when there is still some light and color left in the sky and the building can already have some artificial light too.
Good lighting should always be a priority, but in any city I would revisit some buildings and squares both in a sunny and a cloudy day cause the sun can help but can produce disturbing light and shadow contrasts on the surface of buildings. In Barcelona this is specially true for Plaza Sant Felip Neri or Plaza del Rei. Revisiting the same building or photography spot on different days can result in an interesting tryptich or series.
– Reflections: Water or glass reflections add a creative look to the building playing with the form and dimension of architectural images.
– Framing. Try framing an interesting building with other elements around. It could be an archway, a door or just environmental buildings.
-Interiors. Change your camera settings for low light situations and try to be creative with lines and diagonals by titling your camera.
1 Corners. Always produce diagonals and result in dynamic images.
2 Alligne. Try to create lines when alligning sculptures, objects or repetitive ellements
3 Include people that will add interesting elements and dynamism to the scene
Photo shops to buy Photography Gear in Barcelona:
Casanova Foto is a very well stocked photo store and it is located very close from Plaza Catalunya, heart of the city.
Website is http://www.casanovafoto.com
Wonder Photo Shop is the perfect place to combine technique with creativity
Carrer Gran de Gràcia, 1, 08012 Barcelona
Best Barcelona architecture photography spots
- Casa Batllo
- Casa Mila (La Pedrera)
- Sagrada Familia
- Palau de la Musica
- Cathedral de Barcelona
- Gothic Quarter
- Agbar Tower
- Forum Building
- Frank Gehry’s Fish at Port Olimpic
- Santa Caterina Market
- Richard Meier’s Macba
- Santiago Calatrava’s Olympic Flame
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