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Enhancing Exterior Architectural Photos

with Richard Klein

Video: Welcome

Make your photos of architectural exteriors even more beautiful. Learn to enhance lighting, tone, and color; composite multiple frames; and remove distracting elements.
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  1. 4m 41s
    1. Welcome
      1m 4s
    2. Exercise files
    3. Capture One overview
      3m 13s
  2. 25m 44s
    1. Overview of the exterior pier image
      5m 23s
    2. Enhancing details of the pier image in raw
      11m 8s
    3. Sharpening the pier image in Photoshop
      9m 13s
  3. 26m 1s
    1. Overview of the boardwalk image
    2. Adjusting details of the boardwalk image in raw
      12m 44s
    3. Dust spotting and final output on the boardwalk image
      12m 22s
  4. 16m 16s
    1. Overview: Arches
    2. Raw conversion of the arches image in Capture One
      7m 39s
    3. Processing the arches image in Photoshop with Soft Light
      5m 25s
    4. Finishing and final output of the arches image
      2m 18s
  5. 11m 50s
    1. Overview of the exterior evening image
    2. Making a select in the raw processor
      5m 8s
    3. Dust spotting and finishing on the evening exterior image
      5m 54s
  6. 10m 51s
    1. Overview of the deck shot
    2. Adjusting the raw deck shot
      3m 32s
    3. Adjusting details on the deck image in Photoshop
      4m 55s
    4. Final finishing on the deck
      1m 45s
  7. 22m 33s
    1. Overview of the bluff shot
    2. Adjusting the raw version of the bluff shot
      8m 33s
    3. Adjusting the horizon on the bluff shot
      4m 26s
    4. Making color adjustments on the bluff shot
      5m 55s
    5. Final actions on the bluff shot
      2m 55s
  8. 22m 1s
    1. Overview of the exterior shot
    2. Adjusting the raw exterior shot
      5m 39s
    3. Sky adjustment on the exterior shot
      2m 47s
    4. Adjusting the facade on the exterior shot
      5m 4s
    5. Removing construction posts in the exterior shot
      5m 52s
    6. Final actions on the exterior shot
      1m 53s
  9. 54s
    1. Wrapping up

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Enhancing Exterior Architectural Photos
Video duration: 0s 2h 20m Intermediate


Half of what goes into creating a great architectural image happens in post. When it comes to exterior photos, this could mean compositing multiple shots, adjusting the sky, or removing distracting elements. In this course, Richard Klein takes photos from two of his own location shoots and applies the same adjustments professional architectural photographers would use in their post-production workflow. He shows how to apply raw conversion for tonal, color, and lens adjustments, as well as noise reduction, before moving to Photoshop for compositing and sharpening. He also shares his action for sizing and sharpening images.

Want to see where it all started? Watch Richard shoot two beautiful homes, one Zen inspired and one midcentury modern, in Architectural Photography: Exteriors.

Topics include:
  • Enhancing details in the raw image
  • Sharpening in Photoshop
  • Dust spotting
  • Processing with the Soft Light blend mode
  • Adjusting color and tone
  • Removing elements from the final shot
Photoshop Capture One


Hi, I'm Richard Klein. And welcome to enhancing architectural exteriors. Here we take a close look a the post process focused on creating maximum image quality beginning with the raw file to final output. In this course, we'll look at using our raw converted to do all the heavy lifting for tonal and color adjustments. Lense in perspective correction, noise reduction and adjustment layers. Next we jump into Photoshop for compositing, adding blue to the sky and retouching any other problems we find.

We see how to make the most of overcast skies and finally create an action to size the image for specific output, using two pair sharpening to get everything the file has to offer. The shots we are working with are from a profession shoot on medium format at two beautiful location. There is even a companion course about the live shoots, so between the two, you can see the entire process, from location scout to post. Now let's get started with enhancing architectural exteriors.

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