Architectural Credit: Aga Khan Museum - Moriyama & Teshima Architects in association with Maki and Associates
Summer is Doors Open season in Ontario
, a series of unique events where communities across the province celebrate their built heritage - both historic and contemporary - by opening the doors of some of our greatest architectural treasures. These one of a kind community events are a great opportunity for residents and visitors alike to explore our province’s rich built heritage, and provide the perfect excuse to get your camera (or smartphone!) out and capture the beauty of Ontario’s architecture.
To help you capture that perfect shot during your next Doors Open excursion we asked some of Ontario’s architectural photographers – the talent behind many of the photographs featured on this blog - to share some tips and tricks. During the next few weeks we will be sharing their advice as part of a blOAAg mini-series on architectural photography!
Today’s tips come from Michael Muraz
, an international award-winning commercial and fine art architecture photographer based in Toronto. Originally from France, Michael earned a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon. After working in procurement roles in several industries, he decided to turn to his passion, photography. An avid traveler, Michael had been photographing fine art landscapes (both urban and natural) for years. His interest for architecture brought him to commercial photography, a perfect match for his engineering background and artistic sensibility. From the Photographer:
Look for light and shadows.
"Borrowed Light" - Mapledale Condominiums
Use the light and shadows that create interesting shapes and patterns on the buildings. In this shot, the sunlight reflected on the windows creates patterns on the concrete of the walls.
"Crossing the border" - Parliament Street Data Centre
Architectural Credit: WZMH Architects
Go for a minimalist composition.
A minimalist image is often more powerful. Explore the details of a facade, zoom in to remove distractions and make your composition simpler.
"Infinity and beyond" - UTSC Instructional Centre
Architectural Credit: Diamond Schmitt Architects, 2011
Try to find new ways to look at a building. Get closer and look up. You'll definitely find new and interesting angles.
About Doors Open Ontario Every year from April to October, as part of Doors Open Ontario, communities across the province celebrate their built heritage - both historic and contemporary - by opening the doors of some of Ontario’s greatest architectural treasures to the public – many of them for the first time ever. These unique community events are a great opportunity for residents and visitors alike to explore our province’s rich built heritage, and provide the perfect excuse to get your camera (or smartphone!) out and capture the beauty of Ontario’s architecture.
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