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Architectural Photography: Composition, Capture, and Digital Image Processing Paperback – February 4, 2012

ISBN-13: 860-1200915402 ISBN-10: 1933952881 Edition: Second Edition

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Rocky Nook; Second Edition edition (February 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933952881
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933952888
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #413,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Adrian Schulz lives in Berlin, Germany and received a degree in architecture from TU Berlin. Early in his studies, he became interested in architectural photography, and thus it became the subject of his thesis. Adrian now works as a professional architectural photographer both in Germany and North America.


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The digital part is very important.
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Recommended everyone from beginners to advanced enthusiasts with a passion towards architecture.
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I am a professional photographer and I think the book is very good with a lot of information.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By dino on October 7, 2012
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This book is probably a good introduction to architectural photography for beginners. Over 50% of the book is very basic stuff, rule of thirds, golden ratio, exposure, difference between full frame and cropped sensor cameras, how to choose a tripod.... Things you can find in any basic photography book.

The architecture specific section details some good basic techniques. The authors photos are quite good, I would be very happy if I could make photos of this quality. However, the description of the technique used for each photo is very curse: contains the focal length and exposure but few details of the photo capture, and no details of the digital manipulation for each photo which would be very helpful.

Most interestingly, the author speak often about how important a tilt shift lens is, but then gives no details on how to use one! How about a chapter on using a tilt shift lens?

The last part of the book is dedicated to digital image processing. The HDR section for Photomatix is quite good if you have never used the software, although cursory. The section on Photoshop I believe is out of date, it doesn't appear to be CS6 compatible.

Overall, if you are a beginning photographer, then this if probably good information. If you are an experienced photographer and looking for advanced techniques, you'll probably be disappointed.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Ornstein on April 8, 2012
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As an architect with over forty years in the design of commercial buildings; and as a photographer for over fifty years, i have to say that this is a must read for ANYONE interested in photographing buildings and other man-made structures.

The technical information and the aspects of photographing are 'right-on' and leads to an understanding of the life of a building. The and of the photograph is almost as important as all the technical information.

There is great discussion as to the use of the images; from commisioned work on a specific building to the making of an 'art' image for the photographer's use and enjoyment.

In my own work I have been employing HDR for interior shots for about nine years. The discussion of this by the author is informative without being over the top.

This is definately a book I would recomend to anyone. It is also a must for any practicing architect or engineer.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Conrad J. Obregon TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 15, 2012
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I usually expect that there will improvements in the second edition of a book over the first. Unfortunately, after looking at my review of the first edition of this book, I found the improvements to be marginal.

After a brief introduction to the history of architectural art, the book has three sections that deal with camera technology, shooting techniques and image processing. Throughout the emphasis is on the geometry of architectural photography, emphasizing how distortion can creep into such photographs and suggesting techniques for mitigating those distortions. The author's writing is straight forward, and with one or two exceptions comprehensive. It is also quite dull. It might even incline the reader to think architectural photography is boring.

The author emphasizes the conflict between photographer and architect, in that the architect wants to display his design art, while the photographer may be more interested in photographic art. Unfortunately, while there are a few artistic images, little of the book is dedicated to how to make architectural images photographically more artful.

Interior architectural photography is covered, but only briefly, and with little instruction on lighting, which is one of the key elements of this sub-genre.

The section on post-processing will seem like old hat to experienced Photoshop users, except for the section on the lens correction tool, which is a little more detailed than most explanations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 16, 2013
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I am a professional photographer and I think the book is very good with a lot of information. It is a bit basic for me but still a good read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian Lewis on December 17, 2012
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I rated this a 4-star because Schultz covers the subject matter in a comprehensive way. His use of diagrams and text are very clear so he manages to get across many of the ideas and techniques in a convincing way. My only comment is the lack of text on interior lighting, but perhaps he is leaving that for his third printing. Also the book is Eurocentric which is not a problem - just an observation.
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I have several books on architecture, but this is the best and the one I have been looking for. The fact that the author was trained as an architect gives insights that photographers don't have about architecture. Makes a difference. It's very thorough on choosing perspectives prior to making a photo and finally, how to make the best images in post. It's a great book and very valuable.
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Actually the book gives you more than it promises in the title, covering types of cameras and lenses and other gear. This part of the book may seem less interesting for those who want to immediately start reading about architectural photography.
Other than that, the book is very useful. It gives plenty of practical advice, discussing points one by one in a systematic manner, every point is illustrated. Some pictures are really inspiring.
The book is written in an academic style.
Recommended everyone from beginners to advanced enthusiasts with a passion towards architecture.
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