Our experience during our short visit is that Albany is full of architecture that lives larger than the size of the city. As such, it's a fun architectural museum to take a photo walk. Here are some of Jeff's tips for an architectural photo walk.
Some photography tips for shooting buildings:
-Shoot (or process) architecture in black and white to highlight the architectural details. On an overcast day the sky isn't an interesting color in any case.
-Get low, and shoot up; it cleans up the clutter on the street (cars, parking meters) and the sky gives creates a clean background.
-Be patient, wait for cars or pedestrians to walk by- although this is a rule to be broken if you see an interesting pedestrian walking by, it can give the photo a sense of place.
-Take some close ups of interesting details in the architecture.
-Take the "post card" picture first, you can't move the building, but if you move YOU, you might get a better shot! "Work" the building by moving around it for other interesting angles or frames and to remove distracting details like poles and wires.
-With all urban photography its a good idea to have a partner to watch your back for traffic or street thieves (we encountered very little of the first and none of the latter on our weekend trip in Albany!)