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Architectural Photography: Exteriors

with Richard Klein

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So here we are at our second residential location. And this one is on the coast, the west coast of the United States. And, being on the coast, that means that we have very variable weather. There's a lot of moisture coming off the water, we have a lot of fog, we have a lot of cloud cover, where the sun breaks through, the sun goes away. So, it's a situation where, when the sun is out, we gotta make hay. And you just have to be nimble and quick and ready to move. So, I've done my walk through and while I was doing the walk through, I noticed that we had little chunks of sun showing up.
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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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Touring the exterior of a large modern home

So here we are at our second residential location. And this one is on the coast, the west coast of the United States. And, being on the coast, that means that we have very variable weather. There's a lot of moisture coming off the water, we have a lot of fog, we have a lot of cloud cover, where the sun breaks through, the sun goes away. So, it's a situation where, when the sun is out, we gotta make hay. And you just have to be nimble and quick and ready to move. So, I've done my walk through and while I was doing the walk through, I noticed that we had little chunks of sun showing up.

So I grabbed a camera and got a few things of the view from this place. The, what's stunning about this location is that we are cliffs above the ocean. And the, the property actually extends quite a distance along the ocean and we're on a little bit that sticks out like a little peninsula almost that juts out just slightly. And the views from the property are just magnificent. So after completing the walk through, I found an angle that makes the house feel really monumental.

And I think that that will be our overall exterior shot. There is also a really beautiful shot, on the other side of the bluff, that will show the house sitting on top of, the cliff wall and include ocean in it. The house will be pretty small but will give us the sense. Of just that overall feeling and where the house is really located it'll establish the environment around the house and I think that'll be really important for the shot. So we also have this really beautiful lap pool area. And the way the architect designed it was that the pool itself lines up with the dining table on the inside which aligns up with the deck on the other side of the house.

And we have doors on either side of the house that can open up, and just open that entire vista all the way to the bluffs in the distance. It's really a nice detail. So there's also these pathways that lead you through the bushes to these hidden views, where there are benches you can sit. On the extremes of either end of the property. And as you wind your way along these gravel paths, there are Prodia gardens that are just stuningly beautiful that are in bloom right now. So while this house is very different than the other house that we've shot.

I love the clean modern lines. I'm just inspired by the design. I just can't wait to get started.

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