Architectural Photography: Exteriors

with Richard Klein
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Architectural Photography: Exteriors
Video duration: 0s 28m 58s Intermediate


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.


Intro to shooting exteriors

(smooth music) - [Voiceover] My name is Richard Klein. I'm an architectural photographer and I've been fortunate enough to have assignments all around the world, photographing architecture. When I'm photographing exteriors what I really love to do is have a conversation in my mind's ear with the architect or the designer. I want to see what was really important to them. What did they commit to in the style and the design of their building. In addition then, I'm looking to check the context.

Where is this building? Does it fit in harmoniously? Does it not fit in? Does it fight? Does it stand on its own with the rest of its surroundings? And I keep all of that in mind when I'm deciding what I'm gonna do. So in this course you'll come along with me while I photograph two very different locations. We're going to be doing the exteriors of a house that is very intimate, small, in the Japanese style, with an incredibly manicured garden surrounding the house.

And the details of the garden will be very important for the house. And the second house we're going to be looking at a mid-century modern sitting on a bluff overlooking the ocean with cliffs dropping down that has landscaping, but not as manicured as our first house. I'll be shooting with a mamiya medium format with a leaf back tethered to a computer, but everything that I do is completely applicable to shooting with a DSLR, tethered or not.

Software is available for tethering your DSLR if you wanna do it that way. I'm going to be shooting in RAW, so there will be post-processing involved with every image. I'm not going to go through the post with you, but I will be describing what I'll be doing in the post and I'll show you the final composite images together. I'm really excited about this, so let's get started. Let's start with our Japanese-style house.

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