PP200 Photographing Architectural Interiors

Course Description

Photographers who specialize in documenting both interior and exterior environments for architects, interior designers and realtors face two fundamental challenges: composition and lighting. In this Photography certificate module, students will first learn how to establish the perfect camera position before facing the creative and technical hurdles of balancing mixed light sources, adding supplemental light, and using advanced techniques to extend the camera’s ability to record highlight and shadow detail. Shooting and post-production assignments will demonstrate when and how to supplement effective lighting skills with Photoshop and HDR technology.

Learning Outcomes/Topics

Perspective, focus and distortion control

  • Guidelines for Architectural Photography
  • Establish camera position
  • Identify dominant light source
  • Determine the need for additional lighting and strategy for balancing mixed light sources
  • Aesthetic considerations (props, composition, etc)
  • Emphasis on details, surfaces and materials
  • Safe, sensible location workflow
  • Method of digital capture (“live” lighting and/or shoot separate elements and digital perspective control)
  • Equipment and lighting overview
  • Camera
  • Wide-angle lens (at least 28mm equivalent)
  • Sturdy tripod
  • Profoto monokit
  • Hot lights
  • Speedlights
  • Modifiers and gels
  • Additional equipment
  • Advantages/limitations of the view camera
  • Advantages/limitations of tilt/shift lenses
  • “Transform perspective/warp” in Photoshop
  • Lens Correction filter in Photoshop
  • Software and process overview
  • RAW versioning and critical development
  • Synchronizing RAW development settings
  • Configuring camera for 7-stop auto bracket
  • Masked and blended exposures in Photoshop
  • HDR processing in Photomatix Pro from Lightroom