05. Architecture

When traveling you often have fantastic opportunities for great architectural images, new surroundings and styles can really inspire you and make you more creative. In this chapter Karl shows you how he captured a series of shots inside one of Paris’s most famous historical monuments and will explain to you just how you can take your holiday photography to a whole new level.


  1. Hi Karl, gorgeous shot… can I just ask, were you using a filter on your lens? It seems like 10s is a super long exposure for only 7.1 f-stop. Just curious, thanks!

    1. Hi Robin, no filters at all. It was very dark in there, darker probably than it looked on the video. Another option on many DSLRs is to set the ISO to low, lower than it’s default of say 100, for example on one of my Canons you could drop it down to 50iso. Having an ND filter in your bag will obviously help you overcome the problem but with this lens it would have been difficult to use without vignetting.

  2. I was in Lincoln Cathedral last Thursday doing my first architectural photography. I wish I’d seen this video before going as I never even thought of using a tripod inside a building and used a 14mm lens at ISO640. The photographs are OK, but I don’t want OK.

  3. Looks more like a 1dx mark ii than the 5d mark ii listed under equipment. Clearly I’m about a year and some months late to the party but have only been a member for a few months.

  4. Beautiful work as usual. I’m curious, did you end up asking for permission to use your tripod or did you just walk in and took the shot? I assume it would be okay to bring your equipment as long it doesn’t interfere with other people.

    1. Hi Ryan, generally we just adhere to whatever the signs say at the door. If we need to do something special then we write in advance for special permission. At this location it was OK.


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