If you enjoy taking photographs, one fascinating specialist field is architectural photography. Although there are no specific requirements, a background in design, photography or architecture is clearly useful, along with an understanding of lighting and technical requirements. Putting together a portfolio of your work is also a must. A good portfolio of work shows different types of shots, including close up details, and light and shadow effects. One of the most effective paths to a career in this field is to start out in something related such as real estate photography, photographing home interiors or shooting pictures for a building contractor. Networking, using social media and posting your architectural pictures on your own website can all help you to get noticed. Many photographers work on a freelance basis and across the industry the average salary is around $40,000, depending on the exact position.