Improve Your Architectural Photography: Pro Tips + Advice

Hard won pro tips and architectural photography advice from Mike Kelley, an award-winning professional architectural photographer, and Eric Reinholdt, an award-winning architect, as they critique and review this year’s APA Architectural Photography competition submissions. They discuss Eric’s shortlist selections as a competition juror and a wide ranging set of topics from the use of human scale, lens choice, post-processing, color, composition, drones, techniques and much more.
Categories considered + awarded:
➕ Emerging Talent
➕ Photo of the Year
➕ Project of the Year

This is a long one, but every section has information gleaned from a combined 50+ years of professional architectural practice.

@Mike Kelley
Check out the winners here:

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▬▬▬▬▬ Timestamps ▬▬▬▬▬
00:00 Intro
02:10 Emerging Talent Entries
06:15 Human Scale
08:43 Shadows
11:24 Descriptive vs. Mysterious
13:38 Why Architects hire Architectural Photographers
15:50 Styling..More or Less?
17:58 Photoshop it or, leave it?
22:00 Can’t unsee it
22:38 Open Frame in Middle
23:56 Fires in Fireplaces
25:41 Photo of the Year Entries
28:18 Reframing an Iconic building
30:50 Rendering or Real?
33:55 Eric’s Photo of Year Selection
34:45 Gratuitous Drone Shots
39:00 Project of the Year Entries
39:46 Exterior vs. Interior Shots
41:05 How do you enter?
42:58 The Art of Processing
44:40 A Little More Zoom
46:09 Eric’s Project of the Year Selection
46:50 Reality of Construction
47:45 Sensitivity to the Architecture (Horizon)
49:00 “Every Corner Represents a Problem to Solve”
50:00 One shot, multiple uses
51:00 Where are the people?
51:55 Searching for a Clear Subject
53:25 Share what you know

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