Architecture & Real Estate projects
How I work
Architecture photography allows people to virtually visit a building they may never get the opportunity to see with their own eyes in their lifetime – but it is a difficult task. It takes some experience, trial and error, technique and patience to create outstanding images that not only document buildings. Good architecture photography can be captivating, moving and should be considered as art. The architect has put his heart, work, a part of his lifetime and knowledge in the design of a building so it deserves to be captured and presented in the best way possible. In most cases the architect has a certain result in mind therefore it is indispensable that the architect and the photographer communicate well. There are many factors that exert influence on the outcome of a photo, such as experience, equipment, preparation, weather conditions and clarity about the desired result.
With the pictures of a building it is possible for the architect to communicate and showcase his work, create media attention and actively shape epochs of architecture. Without architectural photography, architects would quickly run out of work – and without architecture, architectural photographers would have no work.
Architecture photography also has an informational and documentational function. It describes buildings visually and shows them in the context of time. In addition, architectural photography has a big influence on cultural developments by not only documenting buildings, but interpreting and commenting on them. Entire stylistic epochs are shaped not only by architects, but also by photographers.
When working with architectural photographers, architects and clients should always keep in mind these functions and design options.
Architecture photography – communication is key
To get the most out of your shooting, communication witht he photographer is key. Therefore there are some things I like to have or know before the actual shooting begins:
- The architect’s idea and vision of the builing. We can discuss this in a call.
- What story do you want the photos to tell? Do you want the building to be vivid and active and while “in use” or do you want to show it rather sober and unemotional businesslike?
- Some snapshots of the building, drawings and floor plans including the compass points to figure out when the light will hit the building from which direction.
- Specific, attractive perspectives (e.g. shadows)
- Deviations from the sketch should be clear
- Picture style: Is there a specific style, e.g. black and white, a special filter etc.?
- Contact person on set: Who can help during the shooting and what is the person’s function?
- Usage of the photos: the photographer needs to know how and where the pictures should be used, e.g. printed in a book as a story or as single shots in a gallery or an office or in Social Media or on a websites etc.)
- Preferred format: depending on the planned usage the photographer needs to know if the photos have to be in landscape or portrait format or both
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