For subjects with strong graphic design potential, it’s hard to top staircases. With a little creative composition, you can turn flights of stairs into dynamic images of lines, curves, patterns, or repetition.
Keep your viewpoint options open by experimenting with camera angles. For example, try pointing your camera upward from below, then downward from above.
Be ready to work with light and shadow, too, especially when shooting next to a window or outdoors. You’ll likely want low-angled sunlight and perhaps a staircase with interesting railings.
Use a short lens for a unique perspective, but remember the key to wide-angle success: Move in really close to the foreground in your scene! In those situations, you may also need to use a small aperture (large f/stop number) in order to attain a deep depth of field – the range of sharp focus from foreground to background in your final image.
Choose a zoom or telephoto lens to zero in on the zigzag patterns or the curving lines of classic spiral stairways or outside staircases.
Consider a tripod for handling the slow shutter speeds resulting from photographing in subdued indoor or late-day light. For inspiration and ideas please visit topcameragear.com that will help you get started photographing spiral staircases.