Architectural Photography Technique Tutorial

by Staff May 15, 2017 at 3:48 pm

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  1. Very nice work, Mike. I do a lot of light painting myself. My question is this….Even on high end real estate shoots, how do you get paid enough to spend 5-8 hours on one image? From my experience real estate agents do not/will not pay that well…even a company like Sotheby's…because the images have a finite life span. When the house is sold, the images are no longer needed. Just curious. 🙂

  2. Mike, Thanks for sharing this. You dusk dawn exterior shots are really great! I hope you don't mind me asking how you are making the exposures. I am curious to know how you fired the strobe and shutter at the same time. Are you using remotes with an assistant holding the strobe, aimed at different locations as you press the shutter for each exposure. Or can you trigger the shutter as you walk around firing off your strobe? Many thanks.

  3. Very interesting technique. However, it seems to me that the final image #2 is deceiving. It makes it appear that there is exterior lighting that doesn't really exist. Not that it couldn't be added, but I would think some disclaimer would be in order. :^)

  4. That is imply amazing very imformative thank you for a taking the time to do it and b not charging to see it learnt loads from a simple yet skillfully shot vid with no actual technique shown….brill =)

  5. Beautiful video and great Photo technique.

    Congratulation, I will try this with my own house sometimes.

    The original shot was made at sunset if I see it clearly, and the outer of the building was lightened with small strobes, but the lightening of the inside was done with the house own lights and long exposure Am I right?

  6. @mikekelley aha, yeah I thought so -and for that type of use I can see why one would want to use that teqhnique -especially if the architect didnt do his job properly in the first place 😉

  7. @sanjoy87 In both of these cases they were houses for sale, so making them attractive as possible was the main priority. I also don't use this technique for all of my shots 🙂 Check out my portfolio to see what I mean. Depends on the client, as you said.

  8. nice and interesting video, but very orientated towards commercial architecture photo it seems.. I wouldnt adopt the flash-"lightpaint"-technique for serious architecture photography.. lighting is something that the architects should have taken care of in the first place, so adding more lights with a flash like that is a no-go imo.. there's a huge difference between making cool pics of buildings and pics where the architecture itself is the main focus…

  9. @guidlines 2009 17" Macbook Pro with 2.93ghz processor and 8gb of RAM.
    Handles them fine, surprisingly – I run it connected to a 27" cinema display. I also make sure there's nothing running in the background.

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