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Architectural Photography

Architectural Photography

London College of Communication
Taught by
Freya Najade, Marcela Spadaro


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 thethe 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.
  • 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 Schulzor looking at before joining the course.

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

"It helped me a lot in both the creative and business aspects of my work. Taught by two highly skilled and successful architectural photographers, we had the opportunity to pick their brains about the industry from how to approach a new client, to how best to send the final product. Creatively, we undertook a photo project and had the opportunity to critique each other’s work. A super important process for any person doing something creative because you are forced to reflect on your own work. This in turn sets you on a path to developing your own style." -Tom Oliver Payne. Read the full interview on the LCC Blog.

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 Adobe Photoshop for Photographers

Customised Training
We also offer bespoke photography courses for groups, individuals and businesses. To find out more, visit our Customised Training page, or view a Foster + Partners case study here. 

Tutor Description

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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