Interior Architecture

Started May 18, 2012 | Discussions thread
jeffcpix
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Re: Interior Architecture
In reply to stol2004, May 19, 2012

If the OP is a trained architect, he should have the skills to

compose a two dimensional rendering of an interior/exterior in a viewfinder. Surely, his
training has exposed him to thousands of images of structures
and interiors against which he can judge his efforts -- not to
mention a familiarity with design and drafting.

Ultimate sharpness aside, he needs only an 8-16mm and an 18-270 zoom.

With the proper lens correction software, vignetting and distortion won't be an issue.

And given f 8-11 and a sufficient number of pixels, sharpness may rival premium
glass.
Add a proper tripod and there's not much more to it.
That is, until he starts making photos rather than taking them.

Once the process becomes more than just composing and exposing,
there's no end to what CAN be brought to bear -- ranging from
'existing light minimalism' to a full blown 'Hollywood production'.
Lighting interiors is an art unto itself. Check out an issue of Architectural
Digest vs a furniture catalogue.

Photographers aren't necessarily 'interior decorators' or 'stylists' --
but it sure helps. Knowing when and where to put a vase of flowers
can make or break a shot; being able to see the wrinkles in the drapes
can save hours of post processing. Adjusting the furniture to tighten up a shot
can make a huge difference. Perhaps the OP's greatest advantage
is that he should have a very good idea of what the client (his boss)
wants from the image.

If the company is willing to give you the time and money to 'play'
you might end up with shots that are as good as they'd get from
a pro. Are they willing to go to the next level and equip you with
all the stuff a pro has? Your basic studio lighting package will
not suffice as the sophistication of your lighting improves. Which is not
to say that great photos can't be produced with minimal means --
Horst used to travel with a 'blad, a tripod and a couple of hot lights --
finding it as important to have the proper dinner attire as a battery
of lenses).

Who knows, what you bring to the shot
by being a trained architect might outweigh the little details that
someone with years of shooting experience obsesses over.

There is a case to be made for 'diminishing returns' -- but
spending $20K for a great set of images to sell a $100M building
doesn't seem excessive -- especially when the cost of printing
brochures is many times the cost of the photography.

When it comes to designing a building, you'd probably advise a
client to hire a professional -- perhaps the same advice applies
to photography. That being said, would you hire an architect
to build a dog-house?

You'll find the books by Norman McGrath very helpful.

http://www.normanmcgrath.com/

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