Architectural photography is more than simply choosing a subject and pressing the shutter-release button; it's more than just documenting a project. An architectural photograph shows the form and appeal of a building far better than any other medium. With the advent of the digital photographic workflow, architects are discovering exciting new opportunities to present and market their work.
But what are the ingredients for a successful architectural photograph? What equipment do you need? How can you improve your images in your digital darkroom? Why does a building look different in reality than in a photographic image? In this book you will find the answers to these questions and much more.
Author Adrian Schulz-both an architect and a photographer by training-uses real-world projects to teach you how to:
Capture outstanding images of buildings, inside and out
Choose the right equipment and use it effectively
Compose architectural shots
Work with ambient and artificial light
Process images in an efficient workflow based on Adobe Photoshop
This book is a step-by-step guide to architectural photography for both the aspiring amateur photographer interested in architectural photography and the professional photographer wanting to expand his skills in this domain. Moreover, architects themselves will find this book motivating and inspiring.
This second edition has been extensively revised and includes 80 new images and illustrations, as well as an expanded chapter on shooting interior spaces. Also included is an updated discussion of post-processing techniques and the latest technical developments in the world of photography. With this book, you will learn a variety of creative tips, tricks, and guidelines for making the perfect architectural image.
Adrian Schulz lives in Berlin, Germany and received a degree in architecture from TU Berlin. Early in his studies, he became interested in architectural photography, and thus it became the subject of his thesis. Adrian now works as a professional architectural photographer both in Germany and North America.
Comments about oreilly Architectural Photography, 2nd Edition:
When the author focuses on capturing successful architectural photography, the information shared on composition and capture techniques is very good and the examples communicate the concepts very well. Where the book goes off the rails are the too many pages devoted to digital workflow that is either out of date with current thinking and processes or is better served by books devoted specifically to digital workflow. There was not enough information and insight on analyzing architecture and how the form relates to its use and site location to better capture the personality or essence of the architecture. The book is a good beginning for anyone interested in learning about architectural photography 101. I would rate three and a half stars.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend