ARCHITECTURE AND INTERIORS PHOTOGRAPHY IN SURREY AND LONDON
I photograph residential and commercial property for developers, investors and architects. The images are featured on websites, brochures, advertisements and in magazine editorials. The photographs I take comprise of precise composition, the best light and attention to detail. In order to create iconic imagery of properties, I make use of high resolution cameras, wireless tethering to an iPad and tilt shift lenses that correct for perspective. My digital workflow involves shooting composite images in order to capture the highest possible dynamic range and ensure that colours remain vibrant and accurate. Shooting composites also allows me to work efficiently on site with minimal equipment and supplement existing light with my own light where needed in order to enhance specific details without losing the overall lighting scheme or ambiance. Occasionally more lighting and other equipment is needed. When combined the composite image creates a final photograph that is as close as possible to how the human eye perceives a scene, without drawing attention to the digital image or techniques used to create it. This approach I believe respects the architects vision for their design. A typical architectural shoot would involve shooting hero shoots that encompass a wide scene along with closer details of important design features or in the case of a residential show home, lifestyle imagery with carefully placed props that tell a story.
In order to prepare for a shoot on location I require a site map with north point, postcode or map co-ordinates. I can then plan each shot taking into consideration the movement of sun and the best angles for both exteriors and interiors. Other useful materials are CGI imagery and brochure mock ups or layouts.
A typical shot of an interior for example would first involve finding the best angle and composition to photograph. Once the camera position is established I will then position props and furniture to ensure the image is balanced for the chosen composition. I then capture a sequence of shots for both the ambient light and my own supplementary lighting. The process of doing this requires that the camera tripod remains undisturbed throughout. These images are then manually combined on a computer into a carefully crafted composite image which renders the most realistic appearance without sacrificing the lighting design or natural light. It also allows colours to be accurately represented and the external views through windows to be balanced with the interior. Finally the image is retouched and any unwanted items removed or perhaps unfinished details corrected. The whole process can involve several hours work on a single image.
Before any combining or retouching takes place, I will upload a basic low resolution image of each shot to a dedicated gallery for my client to review. Form these low res files a client’s selections are shared with me and I then undertake the task of creating the composite imagery. The finished high resolution image files are uploaded to the clients collection for download and or social sharing etc. See before and after examples.