Photographing Buildings in New Mexico
Besides plenty of opportunities to take landscape photographs of New Mexico, the state also has many older towns with interesting buildings. For example, Santa Fe has many old churches and other historic sites.
While people work in buildings every day, they often don’t think about how to photograph them. It’s quite different than taking pictures of a mountain. Supplies are one of the first things to consider when photographing New Mexico buildings. Bring a step stool and a tripod. If you take pictures from ground level, the building in your pictures will look like it’s leaning inward. But, if you stand on a stool and raise yourself up a bit, the building will then look straight.
You should try taking pictures from mid-way up the building, or simply focus on an interesting architectural object on the building. Try shooting the building from different angles. If you don’t have a wide-angle lens, try backing up down the street.
Speaking of churches within New Mexico, there are a number of historic missions around Santa Fe and Taos. To photograph the inside of these structures, bring a camera tripod if you do not have any type of optical stabilization. If not, your pictures will come out blurry due to the low-light.
One final note on photographing buildings, if the building is too dark or very light, you will have to manipulate the exposure. Generally, the rule of thumb is to try opening or closing down one stop. And, take plenty of pictures. Sometimes, it takes 50 pictures just to get 1 that captures that New Mexico scenery just the way that you wanted it.