One of the first rules of architectural photography, you might think, is to use a tripod. Not so according to Fernando.
"I like to have freedom of movement, so I prefer not to use a tripod, which many think is a fundamental tool for architectural shooting," he elaborates. "I'd rather keep moving around, exploring a building from different angles, so I shoot handheld. From the moment I arrive on site, I'm moving non-stop until I leave.
"Another advantage of not using a tripod is that if you're in a crowded place, you can shoot without drawing attention to yourself. Otherwise, people in the scene can be intrigued and be looking at you and what you're doing, rather than just acting in a natural way. The vari-angle screens of many Canon cameras are perfect for this. You can shoot from different angles, and it doesn't even look like you're taking photos."
In fact, as far as Fernando is concerned, when it comes to the dos and don’ts of architectural photography, there’s only really one rule you should follow.
"Verticals need to be straight, so never point the camera upwards or downwards, unless you're using a tilt-shift lens which can correct perspective," he explains. "You can correct perspective at the editing stage in software, but I don't think it looks right. There are often many other rules discussed, but I believe you have to break rules to create your own distinctive work which stands out. Just keep the verticals straight and shoot like there's no tomorrow."