Urban exploration has been a popular subject on the Internet for some time. Photographing abandoned buildings, however, can be trickier than you might imagine. Here are 11 tips to make sure you get the most out of your trip.
Abandoned places appeal to me. I'm not sure what it is that has such strong allure, but I'm certainly not alone. I've visited a number of small, abandoned buildings around the UK, and some of them have been astounding. However, they're not always straightforward to capture.
A few years back, I was fortunate enough to land a job that saw me photographing an important military base before it was demolished. Although the details are for another article (if there's enough interest), it was far more challenging than I had expected. These buildings invariably have no light, no electricity whatsoever, are damp or flooded, dilapidated, and frankly, dangerous. If you're new to the photography genre of urban exploration, I would certainly do a reasonable amount of research first, and this video by COOPH seems as good a place as any to start. In the aforementioned job, I was nearly electrocuted in the pitch black of an underground, reinforced bunker while wading through two feet of water.
Do you photograph abandoned buildings? Share your best advice in the comments.