How to Capture Dallas Architecture in Your Shot

It doesn’t matter whether you’re downtown during rush hour or spending your Saturday at Southern Methodist University, there are tons of ways to get your shots done like a pro in Dallas. Scroll on for some key tips (along with some great location ideas) to make sure you are taking the best photos possible.

Make a negative space

Making room for negative space can make a serious statement. Without competing shapes and angles, the viewer can focus his entire attention on your luminous main subject. Go downtown and point your camera at the top of a building to create a negative space with the sky. You can create a variety of images depending on your direction and time of day.

Leave space for your subject

We all know we don’t have to focus on anything. Therefore, follow the rule of thirds and organize your elements to present your topic. Visit the beautiful campus of Southern Methodist University to take advantage of the variety of buildings. Just make sure to put your subject on the left and start shooting!

Try portrait orientation

It’s tempting to capture architectural angles in the landscape, but taking your photos in portrait orientation definitely creates some depth, especially with skyscrapers and taller buildings. Take a special trip to the Arts District, have a look and get ready to create some beautiful nooks and crannies.

Pay attention to symmetry

There are plenty of older buildings in Dallas that offer symmetry, but though there are newer spots to add these appealing shots to your portfolio. Head to the geometric marvel of Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge to capture symmetry in action.

Fill in the frame

Negative space is a best practice, but there are special places where the entire frame is needed – Thanks-Giving Tower is definitely that place. Venture inside and don’t be afraid to lie down on the floor to catch the breathtaking view upwards.

Create smaller frames

Designing large-scale architecture is fun, but don’t neglect the smaller frames in the building itself. An interesting door, archway, or window can draw the viewer’s gaze to a scene beyond the architecture itself to create a stronger focal point. Check out Deep Ellum for some interesting entrances and details (think murals and graffiti) to add a bit of depth and edge.

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