The best architectural photography locations in Manchester
As an architectural photographer I am often asked where are the best architectural photography locations in Manchester. If you were to have a day out in Manchester with your camera where are the most interesting modern buildings, bridges and locations ?
Here’s a map I’ve put together of Manchester’s best architetural photography locations
Anybody returning to Manchester after an absence of ten years or more would barely recognize large areas of the city such has been the rate of new development. Areas like Salford Quays, bits of Deansgate, the university corridor area and Hardman Square have changed beyond recognition.
There are some great new modern buildings around Manchester and Salford and anybody with a half decent camera and able to catch a sunny day can have a great day out travelling around the different areas getting some interesting photographs.
I’ve concentrated in this post on modern architecture in Manchester, I’ll be adding to this page later in the year by adding some of Manchester’s historic buildings to the map.
Here’s a list of some of the locations that I think are worth visiting –
Salford Quays / BBC, Media City /The Lowery /Imperial War Museum North Co-op, One Angel Square Urbis Beetham Tower Express Building – Art Deco Castlefield University Area Manchester Civil Justice Building Lowery Hotel and Bridge RBS Deansgate Hardman Square One Deansgate
Architectural Photography, Tips and Advice !
It goes without saying that you’ll greatly improve your chances of getting good quality images by choosing a day when the light is good . Taking photographs on a grey Manchester day would challenge even Ansel Adams ! There really is know substitute for picking a day with good light.
There’s a great app I use to work out at what time of day the sun will be on the right face of a building , It’s called Suncalk. Together with Google maps it shows you a buildings orientation and the sun’s position throughout the day.
I don’t tend to bother with camera filters or shift lenses and do all my adjustments in Photoshop post production.
If you are taking night photographs you need a good steady tripod but other than that I don’t take much equipment. I like to take a mixture of ‘straight-up’ architectural shots and interesting details and angles.
If you would like to know more about my architectural photography services you can view examples by clicking here to visit my Architectural Portfolio.