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How to Stage a Hotel or Resort for Excellent Photography

How to Stage a Hotel or Resort for Excellent Photography

Professional architectural photography does not occur in a vacuum: a photographer should not just walk onto the site and start snapping photos. For both building exteriors and interiors, there is planning and preparation that goes into every shot, and hotels and resorts are no exception. In fact, businesses like hotels, resorts, and other hospitality locations rely on great photos for their online booking, making getting the right shots all the more important. Learn what to look for in your professional photographer and how to help them.

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Why Lighting is So Important in Professional Interior Photography

Why Lighting is So Important in Professional Interior Photography

George Eastman, a man who founded the Eastman Kodak Company (yes, that Kodak) in 1892 and spent his life bringing photography into the mainstream, had this to say about light: “Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography.” And it’s true – the right lighting can turn a good photo into a great one, and bad lighting (or a lack of lighting) can ruin a shot even beyond the powers of photoshop.

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The Best Time of Day to Shoot Architectural Photography

The Best Time of Day to Shoot Architectural Photography

We’ve written about it before, but every time I’m looking at my calendar or explaining to a client why we have to shoot this side of the building at this time, I again think about my blog, What’s the Best Time of Day to Photograph a Building? This blog is a follow up to that one, a part two. Again, we’re going over the question of when you should have your building shot and why it matters. Many of the same points are covered, but with some additional ideas and example photos thrown in.

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10 Crazy Days of Unusual Professional Photography

10 Crazy Days of Unusual Professional Photography

As most of you know, my mainstay of work, since I went digital in 2000 has been architectural photography. And while all of what I shot during this 10-day period was instigated by architecture requesting clients, the work itself was on the interesting fringes of it. Let me share with you the 4 majors projects that made these last 10 days more than a little interesting.

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Architectural Photography Showcase: The Trials of Fall Weather

Architectural Photography Showcase: The Trials of Fall Weather

After a wonderfully beautiful sunny summer, mother nature seems to have taken a turn for the contrary. It seemed over the month of September and now into October, we had one sunny day out of every six or seven. I have had to become a weather wizard, continually watching the weather on cloud-based websites (such as the Weather Blog) for a hole in the clouds. Let’s look at trials and tribulations of photographing architecture during this fall and all this cloudy weather.

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Architectural Photographers Have to Be Weathermen

Architectural Photographers Have to Be Weathermen

The biggest enemy of anyone in the professional architectural photography field is the weather. This is for two major reasons: it impacts the light – a vital part of any photography – and it can turn the most picturesque backdrop or skyline into a miserable one, not something clients and customers want to associate with the building. Because of both these factors, before picking any shoot date and leading up to those shoots, architectural photographers have to be weathermen: it’s the difference between great photography and unusable shots.

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Kitchen Photography: Capturing a Home’s Centerpiece

Kitchen Photography: Capturing a Home’s Centerpiece

Every home has rooms on which the whole house turns. When it comes interesting buyers and renters, capturing these centerpieces can spell the difference between bringing people through the door and having them move on. One of these centerpieces is the kitchen: a central part of everyday life. A key room and one that is always a source of pride for a homeowner, visually they have a lot of stories to tell. But can your professional photographer capture it? While this is a topic we’ve covered before, let’s take a more nuanced look.

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What Changes are Acceptable in Post-Processing of Photography?

What Changes are Acceptable in Post-Processing of Photography?

In this day and age, there are many powerful photo manipulation programs and procedures that can produce imagery that runs the gambit from polished to perfect to fake. As a professional photographer, it’s important to create photos that your clients love without letting down the viewer if they compare the shot to the real deal. This is a concept we briefly touched on in our blog, Digital Photography: When and Why to Make Edits, but something I think warrants a deeper exploration here.

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What’s the Best Time of Day to Photograph a Building?

What’s the Best Time of Day to Photograph a Building?

When arranging a shoot with clients, many seem surprised when we schedule or reschedule around what building facades we’re shooting, what the weather will be like, and even if there’s a pool that needs to be shot. The best time of day for architectural photography really does matter on which way your building points, as well as some situations that can be beyond your control.

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Indoor Photography: Shooting Bathrooms, Pools, and Locker Rooms

Indoor Photography: Shooting Bathrooms, Pools, and Locker Rooms

When it comes to getting photography for your building, from professional photography for selling a residential home to showing off a commercial space, you may need to show off the linoleum, tile, and mirrored space of a bathroom, pool, or locker room. These can be hard spaces to show off in a complete and flattering light, but can be vital for showing off a space many viewers will be interested to see.

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Spring Photography: The Perfect Time for Architectural Photography

Spring Photography: The Perfect Time for Architectural Photography

Spring has sprung, and New England has finally shaken off the last of the snow. As businesses can finally complete construction and landscaping, it’s important to deal with one other thing you’ve been holding off: professional photography. From commercial businesses to apartments, resorts, and even the one-time business of selling a home, the springtime is the perfect time to get your exterior photography done.

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Digital Photography: When and Why to Make Edits

Digital Photography: When and Why to Make Edits

You’ve probably heard the question “does that look ‘shopped to you?” at some point in your life. However, the best edits in Photoshop on a photo are the ones you’ll never notice. As a photographer or a client of a photographer, it’s important to know what Photoshop and other image editing software can do, but it’s also important to know what edits you should do.

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Does My Business Need Better Photography?

Does My Business Need Better Photography?

The answer to this question can be summed up with: yes. However, the more important thing to think about is when does your business need better photography. You will reach milestones, from the growth of your business to unveiling new projects, products, or services, which need new photography to better succeed. Below are some of the major events for which better photography is needed.

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Personal Touch: Including Staff in Your Photography

Personal Touch: Including Staff in Your Photography

When it comes to attracting both clients and employees, photography of your buildings, projects, and work can make the difference between a call and a trip back to Google. As we talked about in our blog, Adding the Human Element to Architectural Photography, having people in your photos helps bring life to them. As such, including yourself and your staff in your photography can help provide a personal and humanizing element in your photography, especially for small companies and their websites.

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Adding the Human Element to Architectural Photography

Adding the Human Element to Architectural Photography

Architectural photography is just that: photography that focuses on the structure of buildings, from their exterior facades to individual interior rooms. And while the purpose of these shots can differ, from helping sell a home to showcasing facilities, it’s easy to forget about the human element. In this blog, we’re going to view how bringing people into the mix in photography can add unexpected depth to your photos.

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Shooting Beautiful Building Photography on a Rainy Day

Shooting Beautiful Building Photography on a Rainy Day

For many events, a rainy day can spell disaster. But for architectural photography, this doesn’t always mean having to throw in the towel. On cloudy and even rainy days, there are some great photos to be taken. The following are a few ways I’ve found over my years of experience to turn the negative of overcast and rains into a positive of better architectural photography.

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