One of the best things about living in Australia is the plethora of opportunities available to truly pursue what you want and Martin Siegner is no exception. Martin came to Australia a few years ago as an architectural visualization artist and felt unfulfilled. With no plan B in place, he gave up his visualization career and started photographing architectural projects around Sydney for his own portfolio which quickly saw him working with some of the most prominent architectural firms in Australia.
Since the beginning of my photography career, I’ve had a list of projects that I dreamed of shooting. While most of the projects were out of my reach at the time, as my career has grown, buildings on my “dream assignment” list have become more accessible — while my goal list has grown! If you are in love with photography and architecture, I think you can agree that your list of dream projects and clients will always be growing and evolving.
On this fine episode of Project of the Week, we’re headed to St. Louis with the lovely architectural photographer Megan Lorenz. Megan’s entire body of work has a clean yet tactile feeling about it, and every image is sublimely lit. This particular project — Park East for interior designer Jacob Laws — is no exception!
With over 800 staff working in five offices spanning the globe, RJ Models may be the undisputed leader in architectural model making. Countless major architects from Foster + Partners to Zaha Hadid to Arquitectonica and more have commissioned RJ to create models of their planned architectural projects.
A scout is an integral part of the architectural photography process, but one mistake I see a lot of photographers making is that they agree to a scout before they are in contract to complete the shoot. It’s gone pear-shaped on me enough that I implemented a policy requiring a deposit before any scouting takes place; here’s why.
This week’s featured project takes us to the shores of Lac St-François in Adstock, Canada, where we’ll find L’Accostée House by Bourgeois / Lechasseur Architects. L’Accostée House is a large, beautiful home with strong contemporary shapes that are softened by warm and organic wooden building materials.
Adobe has recently updated Lightroom and some of the new features are pretty useful.
As architectural photographers, I’m sure most of us are pretty familiar with having huge numbers of layers in Photoshop. Light painting and compositing can cost a lot of storage and many of us have become accustomed to using PSB files, especially with the advent of higher-megapixel cameras where only a few layers will put you over the size limit.
Instagram seems like an endless pool of finding exceptional photographers and when by chance I came across Peter Molick’s profile, I was immediately enamoured by his very clean and crisp interiors photography and by his architectural art photography which has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale.
Although we’re required to wear many hats as photographers, we tend to think of ourselves as artists first, treating other roles as secondary, with sales often regarded as only an afterthought. The truth is that we are, first and foremost, salespeople. Photography is our trade—sales is our business.
Steeped in golden paint and graphic textures, behold, one of my favorite architectural projects ever!
MVRDV’s The Imprint is a pair of buildings in the Paradise City entertainment complex of Incheon, South Korea. Crafted with the purpose of art-entertainment in mind, MVRDV was able to incorporate fresh and eccentric features in this project, deeming The Imprint a work of art itself.
Throughout our careers we find photographers and artists who inspire us at a deep level, and I am so happy to be able to bring you an interview with one such photographer today. Christopher Payne, who was educated as and practiced as an architect, has long been one of my favorites not only for his prowess as an architectural photographer but as an embodiment of the personal project and its ability to bring incredible opportunity for pursuing one’s interests, exploring incredible places, and shaping your career into something entirely your own.
This week’s featured project takes us all the way to Imingfjell Norway, where we’ll be drooling over Arkitektværelset’s Hooded Cabin as photographed by Marte Garmann. Marte is based in Oslo, and photographs all of her projects — whether architecture, food, or lifestyle images — with the same drama, darkness, and gorgeous pockets of light that you’ll find here at The Hooded Cabin.
I could be wrong here, but the way I see it, the market for filming real estate and architecture is possibly more lucrative than its photographic counterpart. For this reason, I think it’s probably a good idea for us photographers to develop our skills related to filming.
Yesterday, in our interview with Art Sanchez, Art recommended learning the basics of videography to help broaden your skills as a photographer, expand the services you offer your clients, and if nothing else, to make behind-the-scenes marketing content for your own business.
I absolutely love cycling, so when I think of Mallorca off the coast of Spain, the first thing pops into my mind is the winter training camps for all the professional racing teams. To be honest with you, I’ve never really made much of a connection between architecture and Mallorca — an island that is only 1,405 square miles.
For the last decade, I’ve been dealing with varying levels of on-again, off-again back pain and the associated frustrations that come along with it. From almost non-existent to “I literally can’t even get out of bed,” the pain has been with me in some form daily, affecting work, relationships, and so much more.
A new year gives us all an opportunity to rethink our processes and see if we are doing the tedious back end parts of our jobs in the most efficient way. In 2018, I started a new — and more organized — system of organizing my files, and so far it has been working out really well for me. Data storage and file handling is usually incredibly personal and changes from person to person, so just remember, there is not one single right way to do it.
Human Interaction and bold color is the name of the game in this Project of the Week!
Eugeni Pons, an architectural photographer from Spain, who I admire greatly for his rich use of lighting and beautiful incorporation of color, does another thing masterfully — gives life to his photographs by way of including people in the scenes.
Initially only known by his Instagram pseudonym CB or CityBoy, Eric Petschek is a New York-based interiors & architectural photographer. Trained as an Interior Designer, Eric got on the Instagram game early and used the platform to chronicle his views on the spaces he had visited during his travels as an interior designer, which laid the foundation for Eric to transition into full time interior photographer.
In my previous article, I admitted to both using Lightroom’s HDR function and showing that it’s a viable solution for professional architectural photography. There are many benefits to post processing with this technique, because what you end up with is still a RAW file, you can play with white balance, shadows and highlights exactly like on a single capture, but with the extended dynamic range offered by a blended HDR file.