Architectural Photography

Three images of buildings showing different styles of architectural photography
NAARO

Architectural photography has grown significantly in recent years. This course is a thorough introduction to architectural photography through theory and practice, by professional architectural photographers. It will give you the the essential conceptual and technical tools that will enable you to develop your practice, whether for a hobby or for business...

Taught by: Freya Najade, Marcela Spadaro, Tutor to be confirmed.

Description

Architectural photography has grown significantly in recent years. This course is a thorough introduction to architectural photography through theory and practice, by professional architectural photographers. It will give you the the essential conceptual and technical tools that will enable you to develop your practice, whether for a hobby or for business. 

Photographs increasingly influence the way in which buildings are perceived around the world. It is said that today the photograph of a building –as opposed to the building itself- is its most widely consumed image. As architects understand the power of architectural photography, they become more and more interested in working closely with photographers. Simultaneously, an ever-growing number of photographers choose architecture as an area within which to develop a personal artistic language as well as a business.

 Through lectures and practical exercises you will become familiar with photo shooting techniques and the equipment necessary for creating architectural photographs of interiors and exteriors. You will learn and apply the key image postproduction tools used in architectural photography -from Lightroom and Photoshop- and will be introduced to the practice of editing architectural photography, necessary to create a concise and strong documentation of a building. 

Topics Covered

  • Architectural photography today- explored through examples of the course tutors’ work as well as of various contemporary architectural photographers from around the world such as Iwan Baan, Hufton&Crow, Helene Binet and Federico Cairoli
  • Architectural photography equipment: tilt and shift lenses, focal lenses, DSLR, suitable tripods, tripod heads, remote releases, filters, batteries, etc.

  • Shooting techniques: perspective, converging verticals, camera standpoints, composition and framing.

  • DSLR settings for architectural photography: RAW, shutter speed, aperture, ISO sensitivity, exposure, bracketing to overlay images, stitching.

  • Documenting Architecture: Applying the knowledge gained in the course to an exterior or interior photoshoot.

  • Editing architectural photography: Creating a strong selection of images to communicate a building.

  • Post-production tools with Lightroom and Photoshop: lens correction, white balance, layers, masks, adjustment layers, verticals, framing and more.

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course you should be able to:

  • Understand what is architectural photography today
  • Use DSLR settings effectively during an architectural photoshoot 
  • Use photo shooting techniques and equipment that are particular to architectural photography
  • Make a photographic documentation of an exterior or interior of a building edit and retouch your own photographs following a photo shoot using postproduction tools from Lightroom and Photoshop

Who Should Attend

Photographers and enthusiasts with an interest in learning to photograph architecture or looking to commence a career in architectural photography.

You may be interested in reading Shooting Space - Architecture in Contemporary Photography (Elias Redstone), Architectural Photography: Composition, Capture and Digital Image Processing by Adrian Schulz or looking at Archdaily.com before joining the course. 

Level

Beginner and Intermediate. You should be able to use your DSLR on manual settings and have basic knowledge of Photoshop and Lightroom.

Follow Up Courses

After you have completed this course you may want to build a larger body of work by taking Photography Portfolio or Documentary Photography - Seeing the World. Or you may want to learn more about Workflow and Adobe Lightroom or Adobe Photoshop for Photographers.  

Tailor Made Training
We also offer bespoke photography courses for groups, individuals and businesses. To find out more, visit our Tailor Made Training page







Tutor information

NAARO is a photography studio focused on the narration of contemporary architecture, while outlining the unique values of each documented project both in architectural and social terms where possible. The London based firm was formed by award-winning photographer Freya Najade (born in Germany) and architect Marcela Spadaro (born in Argentina) who worked for over ten years with Zaha Hadid Architects. The combination of their multifaceted and different cultural and professional backgrounds is one of the main elements and source of inspiration for their visual narrative styles. Publications featuring NAARO's photographs include: Thames & Hudson, Phaidon, Domus, Wallpaper, ICON, Elle, Architectural Digest, Summa+, Design Milk, Surface, The Times Literature, Architects Journal, Dezeen, Archdaily, Arquitectura.

Freya Najade received a Masters Degree with Distinction in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography from London College of Communication in 2009. She also holds a Masters Degree in Teaching, with Distinction. Since her graduation from LCC, Freya works on commissions and on personal photographic long-term projects.






Marcela Spadaro graduated with distinction from the Facultad de Arquitectura, Diseno y Urbanismo, UNL, Argentina. She also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Practice and Management in Architecture, from The Bartlett School or Architecture UCL, and a Masters in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design.





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Materials

Please bring your DSLR and your tripod if you have one.  

Details for booking

DateDay of WeekTimeDurationCostStatusLocationAction
14/12/2016 - 16/12/2016Wednesday - Friday11:00 - 17:003 Days£445Available Elephant & Castle - SE1 Add to Basket
08/04/2017 - 22/04/2017Saturday 11:00 - 17:003 Weeks£498Available Elephant & Castle - SE1 Add to Basket
28/06/2017 - 30/06/2017Wednesday - Friday11:00 - 17:003 Days£498Available Elephant & Castle - SE1 Add to Basket
23/09/2017 - 07/10/2017Saturday 11:00 - 17:003 Weeks£498Available Elephant & Castle - SE1 Add to Basket
13/12/2017 - 15/12/2017Wednesday - Friday11:00 - 17:003 Days£498Available Elephant & Castle - SE1 Add to Basket