Mastering Architecture and Real Estate Photography
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Mastering Architecture and Real Estate Photography

Start a business photographing real estate photography jobs for architects, builders, and real estate agents
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4.4 (2,548 ratings)
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15,420 students enrolled
Created by Charlie Borland
Last updated 3/2020
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This course includes
  • 13.5 hours on-demand video
  • 2 articles
  • 16 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Learn a variety of techniques to photograph architecture and real estate properties.
  • How to find the best angle, light, and composition
  • How to light with flash or strobe lights
  • How to understand and fix bad color
  • How to achieve perfect interior lighting and exterior lighting
  • How to photograph a room in a house, commercial property, or a hotel
Requirements
  • An intermediate understanding of photography techniques
  • Camera, wide angle lens, tripod, cable release or wireless camera trigger.
  • Photoshop is demonstrated throughout the course and an intermediate understanding is helpful. You do not have to use Photoshop and can use other programs if they will allow compositing of images.
  • The use of flash or strobes is covered but owning that equipment is not required.
Description

1-2020:

Hi Charlie,

I previously bought your Architectural Photography course and it is one of the best courses I have ever taken online. I very much appreciate your expertise and your thorough approach. Keep up the great work.

Blair

2019 Updates: New video lectures on processing images including some downloadable Photoshop files to practice with.

The market for skilled photographers photographing jobs for real estate and architecture is huge. Business is booming in commercial and residential construction.

Homebuilders, property managers, construction companies, hospitals, retirement communities, hotels, manufacturing facilities, magazines, and real estate ventures all have a use for architecture and real estate photography. Architecture interiors is one of the most challenging subjects to compose and light. There are ambient light issues, color balance issues, and lighting issues.

For the photographer skilled at shooting quality photography, there is plenty of business photographing homes, real estate, and commercial properties for architects, builders, developers, and real estate agents.

Whoever you shoot for, it is all architecture photography in one form or another yet each property will have a unique set of challenges that will dictate your photographic approach. 

If you are planning to shoot architecture and real estate photography, then this online course is created just for you! 

This course is geared to intermediate through professional photographers. 

  • You'll receive a broad overview of:

  • Photographic lighting

  • Learn how to light room interiors

  • Compose a strong composition.

  • You will also learn how to see the light quality

  • How to manage highlights and shadows

  • How to choose the right lighting accessory for the scene

  • Why use an umbrella over a lightbox

  • and manage the color of various ambient light sources   

Join award-winning commercial photographer Charlie Borland as he shares his knowledge in a step-by-step approach to photographing architectural properties. 

You will learn how to light an interiors without the scene looking lit, how to manage lighting color balance, how to make the inside balance perfectly with the outside, how to find a storytelling angle, how to deal with poor light, how to fix bad color, how to work fast to be more profitable, and a whole lot more 

You will learn how to light when there is no place to put your lights. And, we'll show you the latest methods in using Photoshop to enhance and composite your images.   

 What's covered: 

  • The difference between real estate photography and architectural photography

  • How to see light and shadow.

  • The different qualities of light, color balance, and color correction.

  • The best equipment and how it works.

  • HDR for architecture photography

  • Which light best applies to your subject.

  • Lighting color management: How to mix strobe with ambient light.

  • Lighting in offices, manufacturing plants, and home environments.

  • The disappearing lights technique.

  • How to light with strobes and how to light with flash.

  • and how to use Photoshop to create photos you can't do in a single capture

  • 12 hours of video and pdf's

What will you learn? 

There are many ways to shoot architecture photography and the method you choose will be based on how your images will be used. Are they for a realtor, a home builder, a commercial developer, or maybe an architect? Depending on who you are shooting for will depend on how you approach the photography and this course covers many methods that can be applied to each type of client. 

  • You will learn how to shoot without supplemental light.

  • How to process a basic digital file quickly.

  • How to shoot for HDR.

  • How to process for HDR.

  • How to light a room with strobes.

  • How to deal with reflections.

  • How to replace lights, lamps, and windows.

  • How to fix distortion.

  • How to fix bad color.

  • How to light a room with flash.

  • How to shoot for Photoshop.

  • How to use the hide-a-light technique.

  • And many in-depth Photoshop techniques for beautiful architecture photography.

And...practice photo files are included for download so you can master the art of processing images.

 You will learn techniques that allow you to work quickly for low budget assignments and how to create beautiful architecture photography for high-end clients as well. 

Course requirements: 

Photoshop is used widely in the course and while you do not need to be an expert, some familiarity (primarily Layer Masking techniques} will make it easier for you. But if you are not that familiar with Photoshop, don't worry, we have some introductory Photoshop videos that will guide you along the way. 

 You will need a digital camera with a wide-angle lens. For full-frame sensor cameras a lens around 16-35 is perfect and if you have a cropped APS sensor camera then a wide-angle lens around 10-20 will work as well. If you don't have lenses in that range but do have a wide-angle lens then use it for the course and learn what you need for later purchase. You need a good tripod and a cable release or wireless device to trigger your camera. I also recommend wireless triggers to fire the strobe/flashes. 

 This course covers lighting extensively and includes several techniques. You will learn how to shoot architecture without lights, with strobes and umbrellas, also with a flash unit. 

Who’s the Instructor?   

There are many courses on how to be an amazing photographer, but how many are taught by true professionals who have a career and worked as a photographer?   

I was formally trained at Brooks Institute in the 1980s and have worked every day since. I have photographed for Fortune 500 companies, been published in countless magazines (you’ve probably heard of), and photographed Hollywood actors, pro athletes, politicians, hotels, well-known products, real estate, and more people, places, and things than I can recall.    

I have taught photo workshops across the USA and the Middle East. Founded two stock photo agencies, and sold thousands of stock photos. I love to teach and want to ensure you succeed and love photography as I do. You can trust me to teach you photography!


Are you ready to create stunning architecture photography?    

Then join me in this online adventure and in no time, you will gain a better understanding of how to create great photographs.   

Are you ready to discover simple and easy-to-follow strategies for creating effective real estate photography that I have used for 30 years in my professional business? 

Want to learn more about this course? Click to watch the video above.

Enroll today! Just click Take This Course now so you can get started right away! 

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Thank you Charlie!

I truly enjoyed the course very much and learned a lot. I just started shooting real estate photography professionally this year in January and just shot my 220th home this past week. I am really looking to expand to more towards Architects, Designers and Builders and your course has definitely helped me with all of the above. Thanks again for giving such great insight into your experience as a photographer.

Chris Burk 

"Hi Charlie, - I took your class online at Udemy, “Mastering Architecture and Real Estate Photography,” and it led to my first architectural shoot being a huge success.  Thank you for this clear, informative, extremely helpful class.  Getting this client, and doing a great job at it, was a pivotal point in my career.  I am grateful". - Warm regards, Steven S

"I have never seen such a detailed and comprehensive set of lessons in all my online experiences and I have been taking courses since 2005…….Don't look any further!" -Fran S. 

"Professor,
All I can say its WOW!!!, blown, great course, specially in the photo shop layering and masking. I take my hat off! There is not a single word I can say to express how grateful I am for you sharing your knowledge, I am doing everything you showed in this course in Real estate photography, specially in my Classic virtual tours, and this is great. Thank you Thank you Thank you." -Pedro

  I worked as a photographer + darkroom for 20 years and needed to transition to digital photography. This course has covered everything - camera use, interior / exterior lighting, equipment, photoshop, camera raw, photomix, creative solutions, photography workflow, pricing, time management (& more). I have worked offline applying each of the techniques. I couldn't have learned this much in a full-year photography course. Outstanding....Mitchell M.

"Hi Charlie.

Thanks a million, your course was/is absolutely awesome and I've learnt a lot. The best is I've already started applying the knowledge gained and it made a big difference in the way that I take photos as well as in the post processing stages.
I would recommend this course to everybody doing architectural and real estate photography. I'll definitely work through this course again and again, in order to learn as much as I can.
Thanks again!
Kind regards and have a great day."
Henk

"I have never seen such a detailed and comprehensive set of lessons in all my online experiences and I have been taking courses since 2005. The detail and explicit directions are just what the newbie needs. I have not engaged in architectural photography before and so this was a added bonus for me. I have previously taken courses with Charlie, and he is my ace when it comes to flash, but now also when I wish to learn more about photographing buildings and homes. Don't look any further!" -Fran S. 

  This course was the second tutorial that I purchased on architectural photography. The other course was by a photography blog and had "some" great information but it just wasn't the same as this course. The advantage of this course is Charlie's methodical pace and detailed instruction coupled with Udemy's convenient interface. I have watched this course on my desktop, phone, tablet, in a waiting room, in bed, in my shed, in my car, and all of the devices have tracked my progress flawlessly. On my other course all I received was the video footage, 2 files to edit and a rudimentary table of contents with time markers for topics covered. They didn't even put in chapter markers for me! The videos had to be loaded on each device I owned and I had to write down the minute markers where I left off to continue watching later. (Very frustrating and that course was over $100) If you're a busy professional and want a course that is ready whenever and wherever you are, this is great! Lastly, the deal I got on the course was ridiculous for such valuable content.
-Milton V.

Dear Mr Borland, 

  Your "Mastering Architecture and Real Estate Photography" course really helped me dramatically improve my real estate photography and bring it to a higher level.  I am currently working as a realtor in Athens Greece and looking at the photos of properties we have in the internet was really disappointing. Three months ago I decided to do something about it and I had a discussion with the owner of the Real Estate Agency and proposed to him to let me photograph at least the most expensive properties. Although I convinced him that I could do it and although I own a DSLR camera and have an experience with photography, I was feeling insecure about the quality of my photos. Therefore, I decided to search the internet for relevant courses and articles that might help me improve my RE photography and this is how I saw your course offered through Udemy. I immediately bought it and today I am so glad I did. It is very comprehensive and analytical, with a step-by-step guide of all the techniques you need to use in order to have a great result. It basically covers every aspect of Architecture and Real Estate Photography from the exterior to all the interior spaces and from a day to a dusk photo shoot of a property. The course has helped me a lot also with all the post processing techniques that it offers, which are again explained in a very comprehensive way. Going through all the lessons and applying all the techniques I learned through the course, with just the basic gear of a camera, wide angle lens and a tripod, gave me the confidence I was missing before purchasing the course. I have already done a few photo shoots for the company and every day I am being asked to shoot more and more properties. Thank you for helping me realize my dream, - Katerina. 

Who this course is for:
  • Photographers interested in expanding or starting a photography business
  • Real estate agents who desire to photograph their own listings
  • Pro photographers expanding to new areas
Course content
Expand all 102 lectures 14:03:50
+ Introduction to Photography for Architecture and Real Estate
10 lectures 01:02:04
Please read first
2 pages

This introductory video discusses the in's and out's of photographing for architecture and real estate.

Preview 03:54

This video gives an over view of equipment for shooting architecture and real estate.

Preview 07:22

There are several types of supplemental lights that can be used in architecture and real estate photography and this video looks at the pros and cons of each type.

Introduction to Lights and Lighting
10:09

This video gives and overview of cameras and lenses suitable for architecture and real estate photography.

Introduction to Cameras and Lenses
06:50

This video looks specifically at the digital slr for shooting architecture and real estate photography.

The Digital SLR
05:26

There are lenses available that are great benefit to the architecture and real estate photographer.

Understanding Specialty Lenses
05:23

This video covers how to light interiors with strobes and flash.

Introduction to Lighting with Strobes and Flash
07:08

This video looks deeper into lighting for architecture interiors Part 2.

Introduction to Lighting with Strobes Pt2
03:21

There is a difference between shooting architecture and shooting for real estate and this video discusses those differences.

The Difference Between Architecture Photography & Real Estate Photography
12:31
+ Photographing Building and Home Exteriors
9 lectures 01:14:45

This video introduces you to photographing building exteriors.

Photographing Building Exteriors 1
05:35

This video discusses how to find the best angles for shooting a building.

Photographing Building Exteriors 2
08:23

This video continues the discussion on finding angles for exterior images.

Photographing Building Exteriors 3
07:29

This video discusses what to look for in exterior lighting.

Photographing Building Exteriors 4
07:53

This talks about back lighting on buildings and how to deal with it. 

Photographing Building Exteriors 5
03:55

Clients often request their properties to be photographed at night and this video is part 1 providing techniques on how to do that. 

Photographing Architecture at Night
09:43

Clients often request their properties to be photographed at night and this video is part 2 providing techniques on how to do that. 

Photographing Architecture at Night 2
08:11

Clients often request their properties to be photographed at night and this video is part 3 providing techniques on how to do that. 

Photographing Architecture at Night 3
08:29

Using a painters pole allows you to raise your camera much higher for varied perspectives.

Pole Photography
15:07
Quiz on Exterior Architecture Photography
4 questions
+ Mastering Color in Architectural Lighting
9 lectures 50:00

This video introduces the concepts behind lighting color management.

Lighting Color Management Pt 1
05:57

This video discusses how to deal with ambient light color and treatment.

Lighting Color Management Pt 2
04:24

This video details using a color meter and lighting color management.

Lighting Color Management Pt 3
05:17

This video details the concepts behind lighting color management.

Lighting Color Management Pt 4
05:37

This video details more concepts behind lighting color management.

Lighting Color Management Pt 5
08:23

This video details how to match strobes with ambient light.

Lighting Color Management Pt 6
05:57

This video summarizes the strategy and concepts of lighting color management.

Lighting Color Management Pt 7
05:52

High Dynamic Range software is useful to architecture photographers and this lectures shows how to shoot for HDR processing.

Shooting for High Dynamic Range
08:33
Lighting Color Management
2 pages
Managing color issues.
2 questions
+ Photographing Interiors
13 lectures 01:31:18

This video lecture is an introduction to photographing interiors.

Introduction to Photographing Interiors
05:06

This video lecture looks at various strategies for lighting interiors.

Photographing Interiors: Overview of Lighting Strategies
08:28

This video lecture discusses interior design using staging companies and stylists.

Photographing Interiors: Staging and Styling Interiors
03:57
Photographing Interiors: Steps to getting a great shot
04:26

This video lecture discusses the challenges of windows and glass

Photographing Interiors: Dealing with Windows and Glass
07:15

This video lecture looks at how to deal with obscure lighting problems using light panels

Photographing Interiors: Using Light Panels and Bounce Flash
06:53
Photography Interiors: Sunlight in Windows and Creating Fake Sunlight
09:54

This video lecture covers lighting techniques using strobes to fill a room with light.

Photographing Interiors: Filling the Room with Strobe lights
07:48

How to use strobe lights to light an interior.

Lighting a Large Room
02:22

Using bounce flash to light interiors.

Lighting Interiors Technique 1
10:44

Photographing a home for real estate.

Real estate photo shoot
08:14

Windows are the biggest challenge when photographing interiors and this video discusses how to deal with them.

Photographing Interiors: Flash Windows
07:50

Window flare or bloom, is a problem and this lecture shows how to fix it.

How to Photograph Interiors and Deal With Window Flare
08:21
+ Image Processing and Photoshop for Architecture Photography
20 lectures 03:25:12

There are many ways to process image files and this video is an intro to various techniques. 

Introduction to Processing Images Files
03:36

Photoshop is one option for architecture photographers and this lecture explains one basic tool for Photoshop images.

Understanding Layers in Architecture Photography Processing
06:11

Photomerge can be a useful tool for architecture photographers and this video demonstrates how to use it.

Using Photomerge Pt 1
09:43

Photographers who do not use perspective control lenses will need other methods for correcting distortion and the Lens Correction Tool is great for doing that. This is the first video in showing how to use it. 

Fix Distortion with the Lens Correction Tool 1
14:14

Wide angle lenses can cause distortion and this lecture demonstrates how to reduce it.

The Lens Correction Tool Pt 2
11:46

Wide angle lenses are the most popular lenses when shooting architecture. Combining a WZ lens and the requirement of working close, can cause a lot of distortion making a building not look quite right. Photoshop has several tools for lessening the distortion and this video examines them.

Dealing With Wide Angle Distorsion
12:12

In some situations you may find yourself needed to fix unusual distortion. In this video, we show another way og adjusting distortion with an image previously demostrated in the course.

Fixing Distortion With the Warp Tool
07:53

On occasion the optics of camera lenses may create an illusion that horizontal lines are skewed, so this video shows several ways to adjust that.

Fixing Horizontals
10:43

This lecture examines how to basic and quick image processing.

Image Processing Pt 1
10:03

This lecture takes a first look at HDR processing.

Image Processing Pt 2
15:50

This lecture takes a more advanced look at HDR processing and lighting interiors.

Image Processing Pt 3
17:16

One technique to optimize interior photographs is to lighten and darken and this video shows how to do that. 

Photoshop: Burn and Dodge
13:41

Building signs are important to successfully photographing an assignment and this lecture shows how to fix problems.

Replacing a Blown Out Sign
03:36
Removing Window Reflections
03:45

Architectural interiors look great when lighting looks natural but sometimes windows blow out and this lectures demonstrates how to fix that.

Replacing Windows with Masking
08:05

This lecture demonstrates how to fix lamps and light fixtures.

Retouching Lamps and Lights
08:12

If you have color issues in your interior photography, this lecture shows how to fix that.

Fixing Color Problems Selectively
10:52

If you have color issues in your residentail interior photography, this lecture shows how to fix that.

Fixing Interior Color Pt 2
10:54

If the weather is perfect where you photograph, no need to watch this lecture on fixing poor skies. But, if the weather does not give you want you want in a sky, better watch this lecture.

Replacing a Sky
15:40

Bounce flash is a quick and effective technique for lighting interiors but often leaves a hot spot on the ceiling. This video shows how to fix that.

Removing a Ceiling Hot Spot After Bouncing Flash
11:00
+ Projects and Assignments: Photographing for Architects and Builders
14 lectures 01:56:33

This lecture is an introduction to the idea of Shooting for Photoshop

Understanding Lighting for Photoshop
12:12

This video shows how to photograph, light, and process the living room of a custom home. 

The Custom Home Builder: Photographing and Processing the Living Room
08:27

This video shows how to photograph, light, and process the bedroom of a custom home. 

The Custom Home Builder: Photographing the Bedroom
03:45

This video shows how to photograph, light, and process thekitchen of a custom home. 

The Custom Home Builder: Photographing the Kitchen
07:58

This video shows how to photograph, light, and process the dining room of a custom home. 

The Custom Home Builder: Photographing the Dining and Stairwell
07:27

This video shows how to photograph, light, and process the kitchen and bathroom of a custom home. 

The Custom Home Builder: Photographing Kitchen and Bath
08:16

This video talks about the strategy behind photographing this home at night.

The Custom Home Builder: The Exterior at Night
11:27

On assignment: photographing a home room by room.

Lighting, Photographing, and Processing the Dining Room with Strobes
06:35

On assignment: photographing a home room by room.

Lighting, Photographing, and Processing the Kitchen with Strobes and Reflectors
10:18

On assignment: photographing a home room by room.

Lighting, Photographing, and Processing the Living Room with Flash
11:28

This video is a second angle on the living room and it has a lots of flare. Here's how we fix it.

Lighting, Photographing, and Processing the Living Room Removing Flare
09:05

On assignment: photographing a home room by room.

Lighting, Photographing, and Processing the Study with Flash
07:51

On assignment: photographing a home room by room.

Lighting, Photographing, and Processing the Bedroom with Flash
05:00

On assignment: photographing a home room by room.

Lighting, Photographing, and Processing the Media Room
06:44
+ Photographing Commercial Properties
9 lectures 01:15:40

This video lecture is an introduction to simple commercial properties

Introduction to Commercial Properties
06:20

In this video I describe how I shot this lobby. The client dd not want to pay me to do the Photoshop processing so I added lots of light to minimize post processing.

The Hotel Lobby
05:41

Often, magazine assignments for travel publications require architecture photography and this video shows how one assignment was handled. 

The Magazine Assignment
10:06

This lecture shows the lighting and post processing steps to shoot a swimming pool at a hotel and then retouch it. 

Photographing the Hotel Pool
10:26

This video will show you how a challenging assignment was achieved photographing a hotel lobby where there was no room for lights.

Hotel Lobby #2
04:37

This video shows the steps for processing the final image

The Hotel Lobby Photoshop Steps
09:59

Complexities of photographing this hospital and the clients demands.

Photographing the Hospital Pt 1
04:44

Complexities of photographing this hospital and the clients demands.

Photographing the Hospital Pt 2
05:17

How to remove power lines and power poles form a building.

Removing Power LInes
18:30
+ Photo Critique: Helping a Student Fix Her Real Estate Photos
7 lectures 01:11:50

In one of the sessions of this class where I teach and critique students photos, one student was unhappy with her real estate photo shoot. So this series of videos is how I helped process the images and I also offered suggestions on how to improve the images during the shoot.

Fixing Color and Exposure from a Real Estate Shoot Pt 1
09:32

In one of the sessions of this class where I teach and critique students photos, one student was unhappy with her real estate photo shoot. So this series of videos is how I helped process the images and I also offered suggestions on how to improve the images during the shoot.

Fixing Color and Exposure from a Real Estate Shoot Pt 2
11:12

In one of the sessions of this class where I teach and critique students photos, one student was unhappy with her real estate photo shoot. So this series of videos is how I helped process the images and I also offered suggestions on how to improve the images during the shoot.

Fixing Color and Exposure from a Real Estate Shoot Pt 3
06:43

In one of the sessions of this class where I teach and critique students photos, one student was unhappy with her real estate photo shoot. So this series of videos is how I helped process the images and I also offered suggestions on how to improve the images during the shoot.

Fixing Color and Exposure from a Real Estate Shoot Pt 4
08:19

In one of the sessions of this class where I teach and critique students photos, one student was unhappy with her real estate photo shoot. So this series of videos is how I helped process the images and I also offered suggestions on how to improve the images during the shoot.

Fixing Color and Exposure from a Real Estate Shoot Pt 5
12:19

In one of the sessions of this class where I teach and critique students photos, one student was unhappy with her real estate photo shoot. So this series of videos is how I helped process the images and I also offered suggestions on how to improve the images during the shoot.

Fixing Color and Exposure from a Real Estate Shoot Pt 6
10:12

In one of the sessions of this class where I teach and critique students photos, one student was unhappy with her real estate photo shoot. So this series of videos is how I helped process the images and I also offered suggestions on how to improve the images during the shoot.

Fixing Color and Exposure from a Real Estate Shoot Pt 7
13:33
+ More Tips, Tricks, and Photo Shoots
2 lectures 20:29

This amazing technique works wonders for fast and efficient window replacement.

Replacing Windows with Photoshop Blending Modes
08:41

Here is another technique for dealing windows and replacing blown out windows.

Replacing Windows with Luminosity Masks
11:48
+ Practice Photos For Download
4 lectures 52:07

Download the photo file and follow along watching the video to see the steps for processing. Pause the video at appropriate times to practice the steps, then continue watching the video, pausing each step to process. IMPORTANT: to process this JPG as a RAW file like shown in video, click Open in Photoshop's Adobe Camera RAW. (The website does not allow CR2 raw files uploaded.

Living Room Practice Video and Downloadable File
10:32

Download the photo file and follow along watching the video to see the steps for processing. Pause the video at appropriate times to practice the steps, then continue watching the video, pausing each step to process.

Preview 12:47

Download the photo file and follow along watching the video to see the steps for processing. Pause the video at appropriate times to practice the steps, then continue watching the video, pausing each step to process.

Dining Room Practice Video and Downloadable File
23:15

Download the photo file and follow along watching the video to see the steps for processing. Pause the video at appropriate times to practice the steps, then continue watching the video, pausing each step to process.

Preview 05:33