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The big picture

How do you take great photographs of construction projects- Professional photographer and Engineering Image competition judge Grant Smith reveals all.

'GREAT CONSTRUCTION photographs should, number one, have a sense of scale, ' says construction photographer and Engineering Image 2005 competition judge Grant Smith.

'Number two: pictures need people, preferably doing something. And number three: they should tell a story'.

Smith should know what he is talking about. He has 20 years' experience photographing the built environment, half of which was as staff photographer for NCE. Here, he reveals the trick behind some of his finest shots to inspire budding photographers.

Capturing the moment when 30 St Mary's Axe (London's Gherkin building) was crowned. 'The light was difficult, but the silhouettes worked.'

Make use of all vantage points to capture the best picture - a few weeks later, viewed from the tower crane, the scene is very different.

No people - but the plane in the background and reflection add interest to this snapshot in time at Heathrow Terminal 5.

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