Mastering Architecture and Real Estate Photography

Start a photography business or expand your current one by photographing for architects and real estate agents
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  • Contents Video: 8.5 hours
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Published 1/2014 English

Course Description

"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.

"Hey Charlie, So far the course is great. Great content and clear information." - Sean

COURSE UPDATES: August 2016 4 new videos. September 2016 7 new videos

The market for skilled architecture photographers is huge. Business is booming again in commercial and residential construction. Home builders, property managers, construction companies, hospitals, retirement communities, hotels, manufacturing facilities, magazines, and real estate ventures all have a use for architecture photography. Architecture 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 photographs, there is plenty of business shooting 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 wish to shoot architecture 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 light quality
  • How to manage highlights and shadows
  • How to choose the right lighting accessory for the scene
  • Why use an umbrella over a light box
  • 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 interior 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, commercial developer, or maybe and 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.

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.

What they are saying:

"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.

What are the requirements?

  • Camera, wide angle lens, tripod, cable release or wireless camera trigger. The use of flash or strobes is covered but owning that equipment is not required.
  • Photoshop is demonstrated throughout the course. You do not have to use Photoshop and can use other programs if they will allow compositing of images.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Learn a variety of techniques to photograph architecture and real estate properties.
  • How to find the best angle
  • How to light with flash or strobe lights
  • How to fix bad color
  • How to achieve perfect interior light and exterior light
  • How to photograph a room or a hotel

What is the target audience?

  • Aspiring photographers
  • Pro photographers expanding to new areas
  • Real estate agents

What you get with this course?

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Curriculum

Section 1: Student Profiles and Testimonials
Rich Baum-Architecture and Real Estate Photographer
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04:21
Section 2: Introduction to Photography for Architecture and Real Estate
Please read first
2 pages
03:54

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

07:22

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

10:09

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.

06:50

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

05:26

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

05:23

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

07:08

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

03:21

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

12:31

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

Section 3: Photographing Building and Home Exteriors
05:35

This video introduces you to photographing building exteriors.

08:23

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

07:29

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

07:53

This video discusses what to look for in exterior lighting.

09:43

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

11:46

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

12:12

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.

07:53

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.

10:43

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.

15:07

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

08:33

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

Quiz on Exterior Architecture Photography
4 questions
Section 4: Mastering Color in Architectural Lighting
05:57

This video introduces the concepts behind lighting color management.

04:24

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

05:17

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

05:37

This video details the concepts behind lighting color management.

08:23

This video details more concepts behind lighting color management.

05:57

This video details how to match strobes with ambient light.

05:52

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

Section 5: Image Processing and Photoshop for Architecture Photography
41 pages

Photoshop is an invaluable tool for architecture photographers and the lecture discusses some of the tools and valuable approaches to processing images.

06:11

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

10:03

This lecture examines how to basic and quick image processing.

15:50

This lecture takes a first look at HDR processing.

17:16

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

03:36

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

Removing Window Reflections
03:45
08:05

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

08:12

This lecture demonstrates how to fix lamps and light fixtures.

10:52

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

10:54

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

15:40

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.

Managing color issues.
2 questions
11:00

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.

Section 6: Photographing Interiors
45 pages

Introduction to interior photography.

02:22

How to use strobe lights to light an interior.

10:44

Using bounce flash to light interiors.

08:14

Photographing a home for real estate.

08:21

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

Section 7: Projects and Assignments: Photographing for Architects and Builders
16 pages

Introduction to selective lighting.

17 pages

On assignment: photographing a home room by room.

20 pages

On assignment: photographing a home room by room.

9 pages

On assignment: photographing a home room by room.

15 pages

On assignment: photographing a hotel.

18 pages

On assignment: photographing a hotel.

06:35

On assignment: photographing a home room by room.

10:18

On assignment: photographing a home room by room.

11:28

On assignment: photographing a home room by room.

07:51

On assignment: photographing a home room by room.

05:00

On assignment: photographing a home room by room.

06:44

On assignment: photographing a home room by room.

04:44

Complexities of photographing this hospital and the clients demands.

05:17

Complexities of photographing this hospital and the clients demands.

18:30

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

Section 8: Photo Critique: Helping a Student Fix Her Real Estate Photos
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

13:33

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.

Section 9: Business Tips and Course Wrap-Up
1 page

Business tip

Real Estate and Architectural Photography License Agreement
3 pages
13 pages

Summary of this course.

Final Exam
4 questions

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Instructor Biography

Charlie Borland, Professional Photographer for 30+ years and Lighting Master

Charlie Borland has been a professional photographer for over 30 years. He has traveled extensively for a wide range of clients including: Xerox, NW Airlines, Fujitsu, Nike, Blue Cross, Nationsbank, Mentor Graphics, Texas Instruments, Cellular One, Early Winters, Camelbak, Columbia Sportswear, and many more.

His imagery has been used thousands of times worldwide, including: National Geographic Adventure and Traveler, Outside, Women's Sport and Fitness, Newsweek, TV Guide, Sports Illustrated for Women, Time, Backpacker, Sunset, American Photo, Outdoor Photographer, Eco Traveler, Southern Bell, to name a few.

Charlie has taught photography throughout his career and teaches internet courses and location workshops. He has lectured on photography in the US and Middle East . He is co-author of Understanding Flash with Bryan Peterson and author of the eBook: Outdoor Flash Photography available on his website: borlandphoto(dot)com.

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