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Photographing Historic Buildings

Front cover for Photographing Historic Buildings

Paperback by Steve Cole

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This book looks at what motivates us to take photographs and at some of the methods of using the camera to do so successfully. It also examines some standards that should be applied to the photographs that we take of buildings to ensure that they will be useful documents in the record of the historic environment. Writing about photography tends to verge towards the technical, but the intention with this book is to 'keep it simple'.

Light is what we work with, whether we make use of existing light sources or introduce our own; it is this which will most greatly influence our photographs and our understanding of what we have captured through the lens.

Digital capture is a great liberator for the photographer, but this can lead to a scatter gun approach. This book brings a more thorough and measured approach to the process.

Other factors such as viewpoint and technical settings on the camera will also play a vital part in the story we want to tell. Illustrated throughout with examples of good and bad practice, this book sets out techniques and strategies in a simple and straightforward way for those who want to make their photographs of buildings truly effective.

Contents

  • Introduction
  • The practicalities of location photography
  • Compostion considerations
  • Light
  • The subjects
  • Understanding photographic surveys
  • Post-productions
  • Glossary of photographic terms
  • Further reading
  • Web sources

Additional Information

  • Printed Price: £20.00
  • Series: Architectural History
  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Format: Paperback
  • Physical Size: 246 x 189 mm
  • Pages: 257
  • Illustration: 490, colour
  • ISBN: 9781848022690

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Photographing Historic Buildings image gallery

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  • The Brewers Hall (built 1670-3, destroyed by bombing 1940)
  • Aerial view of Apethorpe Hall, Apethorpe, Northamptonshire
  • Sunlight casting shadows at Kirby Hall, Kirby, Northamptonshire
  • Ceiling rose
  • Stairwell, Bevin Court, Islington, London
  • Memorial Stone showing indent for brass, Church of St. John the Baptist, Inglesham, Wiltshire
  • Stair, 19-20 Sussex Square, Brighton, East Sussex
  • Dining room frieze, Wrest Park, Silsoe, Bedfordshire

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