Architectural Photography: Exteriors
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Finding the first exterior detail shot


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Architectural Photography: Exteriors

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So I'm waiting for the light to become ready for the evening overall shot. And in the meantime I've been shooting details in the garden, and details in the house. Because really to document this space, the exterior of this space. We have to have a lot of garden details, because the garden is a big part of what the house is. The first detail that I wanted to get was from the boardwalk. Because I wanted to show that the house was above grade. That there was landscaping down below the level of boardwalk. And how the boardwalk related to the house itself.

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28m 58s Intermediate Oct 01, 2013

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An effective photo of a building captures the personality of the architecture and its designer's vision. In this course, photographer Richard Klein demonstrates key techniques for taking exterior photos that make a building look its best. He visits two sites, one featuring a large modern home and the other a Japanese-style building, and covers a variety of lighting techniques, from working with existing light to employing supplemental lighting.

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Finding the first exterior detail shot

So I'm waiting for the light to become ready for the evening overall shot. And in the meantime I've been shooting details in the garden, and details in the house. Because really to document this space, the exterior of this space. We have to have a lot of garden details, because the garden is a big part of what the house is. The first detail that I wanted to get was from the boardwalk. Because I wanted to show that the house was above grade. That there was landscaping down below the level of boardwalk. And how the boardwalk related to the house itself.

So I looked for that spot and I found a spot that I think really combined all those elements together and made it work. and after I got the camera there, I realized my lens was too long. I wasn't seeing enough. So i went from the 80mm lens down to the 55, so that I could see a bit more and frame the corner of the house over to the tree and caught all of the foliage in between. So now I had a camera position that I was really happy with and I had a frame that was really working for me.

So next was the lighting and here we are shooting into the light which makes the foliage look really beautiful because it's back lit and it shimmers, but it also means that the sheet metal roof is reflecting like right into the lens of the camera. So, I knew that it was going to have to be HDR or high dynamic range So I captured a series of exposures to hold the highlight details and the shadow details to be composited together later imposed. So we have one final image that has all the details in it. If you're interested in finding out more about HDR photography, please check out the course that Ben Long has done.

It's complete and it's really fabulous. Okay so this shot is complete. It's time to prep for the overall evening shot.

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