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Follow the Sun

A Field Guide to Architectural Photography in the Digital Age, 1st Edition

By James Ewing


188 pages

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Follow the Sun will guide you through all aspects of architectural photography, from the genre’s rich history to the exciting new approaches brought by the advent of the digital age. It explains how to use the powerful tools of digital photography while employing many of the skills and traditions of the established genre. Written to be accessible to professionals, amateurs, and students alike, this book will be useful for photographers exploring architecture as fine artists, on editorial assignments, or on commercial shoots.

Key features include:

• Example photographs and diagrams

• Historical background of architectural photography

• Advice on essential equipment

• How to plan a shoot to your advantage

• How to use tilt-shift lenses for architecture

• Editing workflow and strategies

• Interviews with architectural photographers Peter Aaron, Magda Biernat, Ty Cole, and Elizabeth Felicella.

Table of Contents

PART 1: Background

Chapter 1: What is Architectural Photography?

1.1 Who needs architectural images and why?

1.2 Various approaches and styles create subjective visions.

1.3 The photographer’s role as both promoter and critic of the built environment.

Chapter 2: A Brief History

2.1 Influence of Linear Perspective

2.2 The Continuous Evolution of Photographic Tools

2.3 A Timeline of Architectural Photography

2.4 Illustration in Both Analog and Digital Images

PART 2: Planning and Preparation

Chapter 3: The Assignment

3.1 Defining an Assignment

3.2 Self-Assigned Work

3.3 Commissioned Work

3.4 Assignment and Voice

Chapter 4: Know The Site

4.1 Access and Permissions

4.2 Mapping the Site

4.3 Working Shot List

4.4 Site Visit and Revised Shot List

4.5 Scheduling

Chapter 5: Follow the Sun

5.1 Rhythms of Earth and Sun

5.2 Qualities of Light

5.3 Light for Architecture

5.4 Sun Tracking Software

5.5 Chronological Shot List

Chapter 6: The Tools ­of The Trade

6.1 Camera Support

6.2 Lens

6.3 Camera Body

6.4 Camera Case

6.5 Computers and Storage­­

6.6 Accessories

6.7 Grip kit

6.8 Lighting

PART 3: The Shoot

Chapter 7: Workflow Onsite

7.1 Shooting Checklist

7.2 Photo Assistant

7.3 Keeping Images Safe

7.4 Shooting Tethered

Chapter 8: Composition

8.1 Formal Elements

8.2 Fundamental Variables

8.3 Cultural Components

8.4 Building a Shot

Chapter 9: Perspective and the Tilt-Shift Lens

9.1 Linear Perspective

9.2 Tilt-Shift Lens and Perspective

9.3 Using a Tilt-Shift Lens for Architecture

9.4 Optimizing Sharpness

9.5 Using a Tilt to Extend Focus

9.6 Breaking the z Axis

Chapter 10: Translating Interior Space

10.1 Identify Goals

10.2 Consider Light and Timing

10.3 Select Camera Position, Lens, and Frame

10.4 Style the Room, Move and Edit Objects

10.5 Adjust Existing Light

10.6 Test, Revise, and Take Final Shot

PART 4: The Final Image

Chapter 11: Post Production Workflow

11.1 Download to Delivery

11.2 Hardware for Post-Production

11.3 Software for Post-Production

11.4 Archiving

11.5 Editing, the Selection Process

11.6 Basic Raw Processing

Chapter 12: Advanced Retouching

12.1 Working with a Professional Retoucher

12.2 How much is too much? Choosing a look

12.3 Lightroom Local Adjustments; Gradients and Brushes

12.4 Compositing with Masked Adjustment Layers

12.5 Lens Corrections

12.6 Spotting and Sharpening

Chapter 13: Presentation

13.1 Editing a Portfolio

13.2 Portfolio Website

13.3 Print Portfolio

PART 5: Work in Action

Chapter 14: Voices From the Field

14.1 Peter Aaron

14.2 Magda Biernat

14.3 Ty Cole

14.4 Elizabeth Felicella

About the Author

James Ewing is an award-winning photographer of architecture, landscapes, and interiors. His work has been featured in publications such as Architect, Architectural Record, Metropolis, Architectural Digest, Wallpaper, Icon, Azure, Surface, l’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui, A+U, and The New York Times, among others. James is the recipient of the 2010 and 2014 American Photographic Artists (APA) top prize for Architectural Photography. He has taught photography at CUNY Kingsborough Community College, Oakland Community College, and Indiana University School of Fine Arts. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Individual Architects & Firms / General
ARCHITECTURE / Interior Design / General
PHOTOGRAPHY / Subjects & Themes / Architectural & Industrial
PHOTOGRAPHY / Techniques / Lighting
PHOTOGRAPHY / Commercial
PHOTOGRAPHY / Techniques / Digital (see also COMPUTERS / Digital Media / Photography)