The Art of Rendering: 7 Rules for Composing Powerful Architectural Perspectives

Alex Hogrefe is the creator of Visualizing Architecture, a blog dedicated to educating people in the art of architectural visualization. He is also part of rendering studio Design Distill, generating unique and compelling illustrations for architects around the world. One of the questions I get asked most is — how do I compose perspective shots? I have touched on this subject in past posts but have not organized these concepts into one place. The tips discussed below are by no means the law. There are often circumstances that limit how much the below rules can be or should be implemented, and I break them all of the time. But still, I often start with these ideas as a jumping off point. 1. Follow the Rule of Thirds The rule of thirds is one of the more well know photography rules and is one that I use most often. Divide the page into three sections both horizontally and vertically creating nine squares. From there, compose the image so that important moments or focal points fall along the lines or at their intersections. I often place the horizon line of eye level views on the bottom third of ...
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