European Architecture & Local Property Photography

Photographing Buildings

A while ago I was talking to my young daughter about ‘landscape’ photography, we were talking about people’s varied thoughts of wind-farms and I was pondering whether I might clone a wind-farm out of a landscape shot with Photoshop. “But Daddy, that is the landscape’ she replied.

To be fair this is my sentiment too, and it is this juxtaposition that I enjoy and would wish to photograph.

A Place for People

This built world has little reason without the people that it was built for, as such for me architectural photography will ideally include photography of the people within the buildings, streets and vistas.

Interiors and Detail Photography

We have a huge amount of equipment that when the ‘keep it simple’ approach won’t work will help us light complex situations.

Interiors often tell a different tale to exteriors, almost always. Photographs of room interiors often brings with it new challenges and technical needs, lenses and lighting in particular. Viewpoint and vision are paramount.

Property Photography in Devon

We have compiled a case study based on a commission from a Topsham based architect’s company to photograph one of their recently constructed properties.

You are free to download the PDF here>


The Details

Whatever the job Ideally we will be be offered a comprehensive brief and will discuss what is needed from the shoot. This may include an overview of possible usage, maximum image size, preferred aspect ratio (landscape, portrait, mixed). We normally look to a work to a 'wish list' of shots - the client will invariably have some sort of idea what is needed.

Often the clients will have come to us because they like our shooting style but are free to make requests about fine details such as desired depth of focus, format, style or it may cover the overall 'visual language' of the shoot.

Site visits are supported backed by full insurance and a current CSCS card.

We work on an Apple Mac system although we use EIZO monitors due to their superior colour accuracy.

Photography is generally camera to Lightroom and then output is defined by end need. We shoot to RAW files using ProPhoto workspace outputting most of the time to Adobe RGB. Mono conversions are completed with Nik Silver Efex Pro 2. This is important to understand because as a rule images will need processing before delivery.

Cameras are typically either Leica (M9) or Nikons including the high pixel count D800e. These tools offer a range of creative and technical options to cover a wide range of needs. We also have a comprehensive selection of studio lighting and equipment, chiefly Bowens and Manfrotto. We are able to set up complex studio set-ups at your location.

With our sister company DesignCredo we are able to undertake graphic design for print or signs which is again undertaken using the Adobe work-flow based around InDesign. This ability to offer design as an integral aspect of our service offer adds huge value and possibilities.

We invariably deliver artwork to print shops as PDF files; you will be able to view and proof the same file that we see although it is unlikely your monitor will be as colour accurate as our system.

We are VAT registered and have a comprehensive level of professional insurance cover.

Architecture is the learned game, correct and magnificent, of forms assembled in the light. ~ Le Corbusier