In-Depth Critique Of Professional Architecture Photography

In-Depth Critique Of Professional Architecture Photography

A few weeks ago I met up with the guys from Fstoppers and we released a ‘Critique The Community‘ video focusing on real estate and some architecture photography. For that video, Fstoppers readers submitted images and Patrick Hall and myself sat down and rated them. This time, I wanted to up the ante a little bit and take it more seriously – hard to believe, I know – but I think we made a very informative and helpful video as a result.

The original ‘Critique The Community’ videos that I’ve done with Lee and Patrick, while fun, aren’t exactly the perfect format for critiquing images. Will there ever be a perfect format? Probably not, but I wanted something that offered a bit more time and nuance than the rapid-fire style of critique that we’ve done before. So I convinced them to let me go on camera, solo, and critique images that were submitted in my architecture photography facebook group – open to any of those who had purchased one of my tutorials in the past. Yes, it’s a little bit of an ad for my tutorials, but I think the content is quite helpful regardless (besides, I only spend about 30 seconds hawking).

Photographers were asked to submit an image and an explanation of the image. In the explanation, I asked for the following information:

  • The type of client
  • The intent of the image
  • The stage of the career that that particular photographer was in
  • Any other pertinent information

This makes it much easier to provide accurate, helpful information in a critique rather than just guessing at this info and making rough estimates about images we don’t really understand. In any case, I found this solo exercise to be a lot of fun and hopefully you will agree that the feedback provided is helpful and a bit more serious than the usual Critique The Community shenanigans.

Mike Kelley is an architecture and interiors photographer who has photographed projects all over the world. He is a self proclaimed airplane food enthusiast and the founder of the Architectural Photography Almanac.
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