Majid Al Futtaim, a premier property company in the UAE invited me to photograph a number of their assets in Dubai. Amongst these, a beautifully simple, fully glazed, curved office block occupying a corner site surrounded by other buildings.
Having waited for the Sun to be directly on the centre of the curve, the glazing was acting as a mirror producing strong unwanted reflections of the surrounding buildings. By carefully matching each individual glazed unit to it’s neighbour, the reflections were gradually removed.
Correctly aligning the verticals was achieved by transforming against two standard upright reference lines, pulling outward at the top till the walls lined up with the references. Then using free transform, compressing both sides back to starting positions. When putting down the upright reference lines, a horizontal reference point was placed at the top of the building. With the verticals now correct, the new position of the top of the building was free transformed to the original horizontal reference line.
Finally, cropping applied and image lightened without burning out the whites. Notice the family group walking ‘into’ the scene adding a ‘human dimension’ along with the cars giving a sense of realism.
Based in the United Kingdom, Mitch Duncan travels internationally on behalf of Architects and Property Developers to photograph finished people-orientated projects. Many of his photographs include a ‘human dimension’ to create atmosphere and soften an otherwise clinical scene, without distracting from the pure architecture.
Ian Grant Photography is a Corporate Solutions Provider specializing in capturing architectural photography in Western Canada and the United States. Based in Alberta and with an office in California Ian has traveled regularly for over thirty years capturing clients architectural projects.
Wolski Design Group is an all ladies architectural and interior design team based in Edmonton, Alberta catering to the corporate market. They called to have their newly designed space for HNZ (formerly Canadian Helicopter) captured at the new EIA control tower. The space is gorgeous with lots of windows and a 270 degree view looking west of the tarmack and surrounding area. They specifically wanted the space photographed in broad daylight concentrating on capturing HNZ’s new lounge, reception area, boardroom and two views in the General Managers office.
Upon scouting the space I knew that HNZ’s space was going to be a challenge to photograph. The majority of the shots were on the south side of the tower with full sunlight coming in the windows creating a scene with a high dynamic range compounded with fluorescent lights on the ceiling. Wolski wanted to retain the detail in the windows to the outside and have the space within appear normally illuminated.
In order to meet Wolski’s call for shots captured in full daylight Ian used in camera registration techniques at shoot stage and a combination of multiple exposures with flash and layer masking in Photoshop to create the final images. The result is a shot that is nicely balanced with the ambient light conditions, has shape and form on the elements throughout the scene and retains highlight and shadow detail.
Larry Hanna Photography
Project: Fulton Street at Harrah’s Las Vegas
Date: September 18, 2014
City & State: Las Vegas, NV
Photographer: Larry Hanna Profile
I was contracted to photograph a new food venue in Harrah’s Las Vegas. The new food venue is called Fulton Street Food Hall. It is a new concept for a Las Vegas Casino where there are multiple types of food that could be purchased at different stations. Not a buffet but more like a food court. This a venue that is open 24/7, in places.
They are able to section off different areas for different parts of the day. The plan was to go in before they opened in order to get photographs without anyone present.
When we arrived at 4 am, we found that there was still construction being finished and staff training going on. We had to discard our original plan and capture different sections when available. Our hope for an overall shot was not possible on this date and had to come back the next week to capture the overall shot. It is very difficult when you have so much going on and everyone is trying to get their job done for the opening. We would get set up and then ask people to clear the area for a few minutes while we got our shots. Fortunately, the staff was very accommodating and we were able to get all the shots we needed.
Cooperation is key.
Larry Hanna Photography
City & State: Evans, GA
Photographer: Steve Bracci
Assignment: Crisp County Primary School
Date: March 28, 2014 Profile
Crisp County Primary School
As an architectural photographer out of East Georgia I was hired by JCI Construction Co., to photograph an elementary school in a small farm town in the southern part of Georgia. I didn’t think there would be much to the project as the town was small and not located near any major cities. It was a three hour drive and the weather was not cooperating as it started to rain about halfway through the trip. The rain never let up that day so we ended up doing only interiors. I met the project manager outside and he stated that it was a “very nice school” and when I stepped inside I realized he was not exaggerating. There were over 200 columns in the school which featured an amazing lobby area with a large domed ceiling and a column-lined main hallway that rivaled major universities. The cafeteria and library were equally amazing with bold colors and drop-down ceilings. The architectural firm of James W. Buckley and Assoc., did an incredible job in the design of the school and ended up purchasing the images as well and were also submitting them for an architectural awards competition. There was obviously no expense spared in the creation of this school and far exceeded what I had expected to photograph.
City & State: Atlanta, GA
Photographer: Kenneth Hamlett
Assignment: Eckert & Ziegler Atlanta Office Exterior Redesign
Date: 09/14/2014 Profile
As an architectural photographer in Atlanta, GA I had the pleasure of photographing the newly redesigned Atlanta office of Eckert & Ziegler. Eckert & Ziegler provides sealed and unsealed radiation sources for medical imaging, industrial gauging, measurement and analysis, reference, calibration and environmental monitoring sources and solutions as well as bulk radioisotopes for pharmaceutical, therapeutic and industrial product manufacturers.
Eckert & Ziegler Atlanta Office Exterior Redesign
The office’s new look was designed by Atlanta architectural firm HLG Design (Hughes, Litton and Godwin). The new design features vertical metal and wood partitions that divide the exterior of the building into three distinct sections – the main entrance, the warehouse/dock area and the office area. The new design also features a handicap accessible ramp that features the same wood and metal design. Additionally, the exterior was painted white which is a stark contrast to the traditional brick red exterior used to build older warehouses and factories many years ago.
I really love what HLG Design did to this old building. Its new look is modern and sophisticated and totally stands out from the other industrial structures in the area. Combine the awesome design with some beautiful day and dusk light and you can’t help but create a beautiful image!
Eckert & Ziegler will use these images in their corporate brochures and to showcase the Atlanta office’s new look to its other offices worldwide.
Gil Stose Photography has been servicing the global creative media industry for two decades. His images have graced the pages of nearly every shelter magazine in the United States and numerous international publications and several books. Among his peers his work has been featured in many photography magazines including PDN, Digital Photo Pro, Studio Photography & Design and several others.
Among his specialties is the ability to make his viewers feel that they are part of the image itself and not merely a happen chance viewer. This ability to make even the most inanimate objects appear alive and welcoming has made him a top choice among home product manufacturers, architects, designers, resorts, and advertising agencies.
As an artist he pays special attention to each and every image he provides – keeping the client’s goals in mind every step of the way. As a business person he works with every size of budget and has never missed a advertising or editorial deadline in his entire career. His experience and knowledge of the creative medias guarantees that your vision will be interpreted and crafted into images that will sell you and your product. He also offers a variety of creative services and styles which can also be applied to your project.
The key to creating professional architectural photography is a high attention to detail, composing the right frame on camera, making sure that all angles are straight and most importantly knowing how to balance color temperature and light in a room so we get the most detail in not only interiors but the exteriors as well. Thanks to years of experience in photography, the right training and equipment, I can provide you with professional images of your home, real estate, architectural or design project for both print and web.
I’m always available to discuss your project. Don’t be shy and feel free to call me to receive a quote. You can also fill out a form and I’ll contact you.
My base is Camden, Maine but I’m available to travel to other locations in Maine as well as Massachusetts, New York, Florida, and beyond. Camden, Rockland, Rockport, Portland, Boston, New York, Miami Category: Architectural Photography.
Samples of Kate Sfeir’s Architectural Photography Work:
Profile: Bjorg Magnea – Architectural Photographer New York
Björg is a photographer originally from Reykjavik, Iceland. She studied fine art photography at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Specializing in architectural and interior photography, Björg has a broad range of clients in architectural, interior design related fields, as well as a number of magazines and book publications.
She collaborates closely with architects to understand their design intentions. With skill and patience, she creates photographs which are concise yet vibrant interpretations of three-dimensional space.
Profile: Sean Gallagher Architectural Photography, Dallas Texas
We see marketing as an investment that should be optimized, not an expense that should be minimized. We believe that effective visual communication strengthens advertising and we believe that effectiveness of visual communication is directly proportional to return on investment.
We approach each job individually. Effective visual communication is the harmony of engaging ideas, meticulous planning and flawless execution. Our goal is to create images that effectively communicate your message to the viewer rather than bland pictures that simply fill the holes left for them by a designer. Succinctly put, we don’t take pictures, we make images.
Sean Gallagher Architectural Photography has been creating unique, dramatic images of people, architecture and interior spaces for over 15 years. Specializing in the special and making the ordinary look special, Sean Gallagher Photography has the resources to make the impossible possible. Based in Dallas, Texas and Los Angeles, California.
IAAP Member Scott Hargis has a great serries on Lighting For Real Estate Photography.
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