Staircases doesn’t come to mind when you think of interesting topics to photograph. But many are designed as part of a building’s internal beauty rather than just an emergency escape if the lifts fail. Keep the eyes open: you can easily miss it if you are lazy to go up by foot.
There’s something super addicting about the perfect shapes of the staircases that captures my eye and it’s hard to take your eyes off them. Sometimes it’s the symmetry, sometimes they just make us dizzy. Elegant and complex, they create beautiful photogenic patterns.
Shooting indoors is not easy and you will have one big problem: the light. Light inside buildings is often very low and artificial, so you will have to find the right balance between ISO, shutter speed and aperture. In general, I use a minimum of 1/10s for the shutter speed, a good aperture for sufficient depth of field (between f/5.6 to f/8) and a high ISO (800 or 1600). For this series, I used my Nikon D600 with my Nikon 20mm f/2.8 AF-D (an article will come soon about my stuff).
In private building or hotels, you should always ask for permission to the reception to take pictures. I recommend to contact the hotels before on their website or social media pages.
My husband Harry and I took a photo tour with you first week of April. The next day I took a picture of the stairs in Sagrada Familia. That is now in an art show with 25 other of my photographs.. I’ll put it on my Instagram at lisawildhealeyart so you can check it out. Thanks for your guidance and I enjoyed this article. It should help other artists to seeing stars as another wonderful form to photograph.