At first glance, it may seem that the Architecture Photographer has things pretty easy. After all, the structure is already there, waiting for you – all you have to do is show up, point and click. Not so fast! Being good (and successful) at architectural photography requires quite a bit of input from you. Here are two points on how the experts do it. First, get to know the location both with your naked eye and through your camera’s lens. If you’re required to shoot the building’s’ exterior, then try looking at it from across the street. It doesn’t even have to be directly across the street, either. Go see what the view is like from down the road. Apart from street level, how about looking at it from a second story window from one of the buildings across the street? Depending on who your client is, you might just have access to a helicopter, meaning an aerial photograph of the structure is not out of the question. I took advantage of a Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC) seaplane flight in Abu Dhabi to capture the above image of the magnificent Sheikh Zayed Mosque. The TDIC flights are offered throughout the week from Abu Dhabi to Sir Bani Yas Island and as a professional Architecture Photographer, I’m always prepared! If you are planning to do interior shots, also plan to take a leisurely stroll through the building. At each location, stop, look up and down, left and right, and analyze what you see. Are there any interesting features or angles? If light is flowing in from outside, what kind of effect is it creating?The second point is still getting to know the location, but now do it at different times of day. The morning, high noon and evening sunlight will have completely different effects on the building – inside and out. Decide which are most interesting and flattering so you can know when is the best time to set up the actual shoot.