Photo © Matthias Heiderich
If you live in town and love photography, sooner or later you will be photographing the buildings around you. The static nature of architecture gives photographers a great subject to practice and can be a reference for observation and learning about light and its direction, intensity and colour.
Choose a building that you like and photograph it during different times of the day (and night) and note the different results. Practice composition as well, swapping lenses and changing your point of view.
Wide angles lenses are usually favoured by architecture photographers as more of the building can “fit” in the picture but telephotos allow you to explore details and unique framing options too.
Wide angle lenses have perspective distortion in the form of lines that should be straight, but appear curved. That can be corrected with right positioning of the camera or the use of tilt & shift lenses.
When shooting with wide angles, too low or too high point of views can result in converging lines. Placing the camera at mid-height will probably guarantee straight lines. Telephotos flatten perspective and can result in an interesting juxtaposition of focal plans.