Architectural Photography: Composition, Capture, and Digital Image Processing / Edition 1

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Architectural photography is more than simply choosing a subject and pressing the shutter release button; it's more than simply documenting a project. An architectural photograph shows the form and appeal of a building far better than any other medium. With the advent of the digital photographic workflow, architects are discovering exciting new opportunities to present and market their work.

But to photograph architectural subjects what equipment do you need? What are the ingredients for a successful image? Why does a building look different in reality than in a photographic image? How can you improve your images in your digital darkroom? In this book you will find the answers to these questions and much more.

This book is a step-by-step guide to architectural photography both for the aspiring amateur photographer interested in architectural photography and for the professional photographer wanting to expand his skills in this domain. Moreover, architects themselves will find this book motivating and inspiring.

Adrian Schulz, both an architect and a photographer by training, uses real world projects to teach and illustrate how to:

Capture outstanding images of buildings, inside and out

Choose the right equipment and use it effectively

Compose architectural shots

Work with ambient and artificial light

Process images in an efficient workflow based on Adobe Photoshop

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933952437
  • Publisher: Rocky Nook
  • Publication date: 8/14/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Adrian Schulz lives in Berlin, Germany and received a degree in architecture from TU Berlin. Early in his studies, he became interested in architectural photography, and thus it became the subject of his thesis. Adrian now works as a professional architectural photographer both in Germany and North America.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Fundamentals;
1.1 Architectural Photography: What is it?;
1.2 The History of Architectural Photography;
1.3 The Authenticity of an Architectural Photograph;
1.4 Manifestations of Architectural Photography;
Chapter 2: Photographic Technology;
2.1 Comparison Between Analog and Digital;
2.2 The Camera;
2.3 The Lens;
2.4 The Ideal Camera and Lens Combination (for all wallets);
2.5 Accessories;
2.6 Creativity Tips;
Chapter 3: Shooting Techniques;
3.1 Hallmarks of a Good Architectural Picture;
3.2 Architecture as a Subject;
3.3 Perspective;
3.4 Perspective Distortion and Converging Verticals;
3.5 Camera Position;
3.6 Focal Length;
3.7 Picture Format;
3.8 Image Frame and Composition;
3.9 Shooting Parameters;
3.10 Using Lens Filters;
3.11 Photographing Interior Spaces;
3.12 Exterior Conditions and Influences;
3.13 Creativity Tips;
3.14 Solving Problems;
3.15 Commentary by Marcus Bredt;
Chapter 4: Post-Processing Techniques;
4.1 Digital Image Formats;
4.2 RAW Conversion;
4.3 Post-Processing;
4.4 Panoramas;
4.5 HDR and DRI Images;
4.6 Creativity Tips;

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  • Posted October 10, 2009

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    An Indispensable Book on Architectural Photography

    Architectural Photography has changed greatly in the last decade. Ten years ago you would have found almost all pros shooting film with 4X4 cameras. No you see the vast majority shooting with full frame DSLRs like the Canon 5D or 1DsMarkIII using tilt/shift lenses. Also much of what was done in preproduction like wrapping lights and gelling windows is now done in layers in post production. Sadly there have been really no excellent books on this transition until this and the new Norman McGrath book came out. This is probably the best of the two from a complete instructional viewpoint.

    I loaned this book to the head of the photography department of the fifth largest photography program in the US and he plans to use it for the textbook for their architectural photography course. If you are interested in this subject I recommend you get both this and Architectural Photography: Professional Techniques for Shooting Interior and Exterior Spaces
    by Norman McGrath.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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