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Architectural Photography: Composition, Capture, and Digital Image Processing [Paperback]

by Adrian Schulz
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Book Description

February 1, 2012 1933952881 978-1933952888 Second Edition

Architectural photography is more than simply choosing a subject and pressing the shutter-release button; it's more than just documenting a project. An architectural photograph shows the form and appeal of a building far better than any other medium. With the advent of the digital photographic workflow, architects are discovering exciting new opportunities to present and market their work.

But what are the ingredients for a successful architectural photograph? What equipment do you need? How can you improve your images in your digital darkroom? Why does a building look different in reality than in a photographic image? In this book you will find the answers to these questions and much more.

Author Adrian Schulz-both an architect and a photographer by training-uses real-world projects to teach you how to:

  • Capture outstanding images of buildings, inside and out
  • Choose the right equipment and use it effectively
  • Compose architectural shots
  • Work with ambient and artificial light
  • Process images in an efficient workflow based on Adobe Photoshop
This book is a step-by-step guide to architectural photography for both the aspiring amateur photographer interested in architectural photography and the professional photographer wanting to expand his skills in this domain. Moreover, architects themselves will find this book motivating and inspiring.

This second edition has been extensively revised and includes 80 new images and illustrations, as well as an expanded chapter on shooting interior spaces. Also included is an updated discussion of post-processing techniques and the latest technical developments in the world of photography. With this book, you will learn a variety of creative tips, tricks, and guidelines for making the perfect architectural image.

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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.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Rocky Nook; Second Edition edition (February 1, 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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Beginner Book October 7, 2012
By dino
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A FANTASTIC READ April 8, 2012
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Detailed But Boring February 15, 2012
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book but a bit basic for me. 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Second Volume 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book January 18, 2014
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This is an excellent book for anyone doing real estate photography and/ or architectural photography. I'll read it every year!
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