Foster + Partner: Architectural Photography Training

LCC were briefed by Foster + Partners Design Communications team to provide a 2-day training course where 12 architects dedicated to creating images of unbuilt architecture (renders) could gain knowledge about the theory and practice of architectural photography in order to improve their communication skills.

The course was devised and run by NAARO, the architectural photography studio led by Freya Najade and Marcela Spadaro, who teach the LCC Architectural Photography short course.

The course rationale and content was built around the common ground of knowledge between the creators of images of unbuilt architecture and architectural photographers. Using this shared ground as a reference, the tutors introduced concepts and techniques through which photographers were able to document architecture and tell the story of buildings through a series of images.

On day 1 the participants focused on theoretical and technical knowledge related to the process of capturing an architectural image.

Topics covered included:

• Architectural Photography today
• Key principles of how a camera works
• Specialised architectural photography equipment
• DSLR settings used during an architectural photo shoot
• Architectural Photography shooting techniques

Day 2 focused on the presentation and communication of architectural images. Using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop participants were taught photography editing techniques as well as key processing and post-production tools used by professional architectural photographers.

Topics covered included:

• How to make a concise selection of images that tells the story of a building
• Applying basic corrections to photographs
• Stitching images to create Panoramas
• Overlaying images to add dynamic range to photographs
• Working with layers, masks and adjustment layers


If you ever thought of starting or improving your architectural photography skills, this is a great option to start understanding the insights and the way an architectural photographer thinks