Residential Architectural Photography
Whether shooting for an architect, a homeowner, or a landscaper, residential architectural photography is an art, which, if done right, can yield beautiful results. Photography for residential exteriors combines choosing the right time of day with the effective use of supplemental light.
Choosing the Right Time
Getting great shots has a lot to do with picking the right time of day (typically around sunset or sunrise). Depending on the direction the home is facing, dawn may be preferable to twilight or vice versa. Dawn and dusk each have times of vibrant red and orange colors (especially in the desert) but the deep blues which also come with the start and end of each day make a perfect backdrop to a carefully lit home. Photography can also be done in midday. If schedules don’t allow for a carefully planned twilight or morning shoot, great photos can still be created during the daytime–but the warmer, milder, and more dramatic light of dusk creates a more ideal shooting environment.
Combining Home Lighting with Natural Light
The dusk and dawn hours allow for lighting to be artfully draped across the front of a home, giving the photographer the opportunity to highlight unique and important architectural areas such as gables, arches, or entries. A blue backdrop also allows interior lighting to spill out of windows as warm, inviting yellows draw the viewer inside. In short, timing and lighting are 80% of the process of getting great results. Additionally, in the case of landscape photography, “blue hour” allows the lighting design of a yard or pool to get the attention it deserves. By using the twilight as a color contrast to warm incandescent light, a photographer should make existing lighting the subject of the photograph and only use supplemental light to fill in dark areas or help draw attention to the lighting design.
Additional Techniques for Photography of Exteriors
Other simple techniques such as wetting the surrounding area, using all available interior lighting, ensuring windows are unobstructed, and finding great angles all play a vital role in capturing exceptional exterior photos. Additional techniques such as masking, HDR, and color correction can also be useful tools when sunsets are less spectacular and weather isn’t cooperating.
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Photography for Architects
Architectural photography is much more than a picture of a building. It is the representation of the function and feel of a structure. It is capturing the design intent and the vision of the owner and architect in a single photographic frame. But more than capturing, the photographer must use knowledge of light and angle to create a shot which produces a visual and emotional effect in a photograph.
Photography for Builders and Contractors
A great deal of work goes into a home, from roofing to exterior work to tile and concrete. Contractors and builders have one powerful opportunity to show the quality and diversity of their work: great photographs. A set of photographs will say more about who you are and what you’ve done than a list of references, of projects completed, or of qualifications. Showing your finished product is the sum total of all your hours of hard work–giving it the credit it deserves. With professional photography your potential clients can see that you value your work, as evidenced by the serious, exceptional images taken of it.
Photography for Pools and Landscape
Las Vegas boasts some of the most amazing pools in the world–and not just on the Strip. Stunning yards and landscaping are dotted across the valley. Great photography for pools and landscapes means capturing the design and execution of an outdoor project. Time of day is critical in getting great shots, and a yard will have a very different look during the day than it does at night. Sharp, vibrant, and well-crafted images show the creativity and execution of a pool or landscaping project.