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As an urban photographer I have devoured this book. That is all that needs to be said, period...a work that has something for every digital photographer, from the novice to the expert (and perhaps for the film photographer as well). -- UrbanParadoxes.com, November 2007

About the Author

Gerry Kopelow is an architectural photographer whose work has appeared in numerous publications. He is the author of several books on architectural photography, including How to Photograph Buildings and Interiors, and lectures on the subject at the Cooper Union in New York City
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press; 1 edition (July 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568986971
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568986975
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #597,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Mike on January 18, 2008
Format: Paperback
Unfortunately, this book is a waste of time and money for anyone who is serious about learning anything significant about using digital technology for architectural photography. Here's why:

1. The book has 135 pages. 77 pages are dedicated to information about
equipment, digital work flow and post shooting. The information in these 77 pages is widely available in other, more complete, sources and only serves as padding in this book.

2. Significant portions of each page are blank. But many of the photo illustrations are so small that they can not convey the kind of information that someone needs to evaluate them. On page 58, there are several photos sized at .375 square inch (a postage stamp is .8 square inch). Although other pictures are larger, they are so small that they do not illustrate enough information. Why is not the wasted, blank space on each page used for larger, easier to read photos?

3. The use of High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography, the digital technique of combining the useful segments of more than one exposure, is of important consideration to someone contemplating the extreme brightness range of many architectural interiors and some exteriors. The author devotes only 1/2 page of text (if you consider the blank area), and 1 photo slightly larger than a postage stamp and 3 others .06 square inches in size to this important topic.

In the middle ages, alchemists would write books about their experiments but withhold essential information that would have allowed the reader to duplicate the process. The author of this book, who apparently is an experienced architectural photographer, has succeeded in upholding the archaic tradition of these alchemists.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Donald J. Peitzman on December 22, 2007
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This book is for the architect or engineer who doesn't want to hire a professional photographer, so it's a little dry and covers ground that most photographer's already know, such as how a camera works. However, it gives a lot of good information for the novice architectural photographer such as using shift lens and "painting with light." My favorite part was how to cut and paste in Photoshop when windows are blown out by exposure
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By K. C. Ramsay on August 5, 2008
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I was a practicing architect for 30 years before becoming an architectural photographer. As the negative reviewers have stated (with such passion) experienced photographers will find this book elementary. Regardless, I highly recommend it for those starting out in architectural photography (digital or otherwise) and for designers who want to photograph their own work. The chapter on the author's post processing workflow is worth the price of the book alone.
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It has way too much about equipment and not enough about how to take the shots or to how stage the shot to make the interior look good.. I work as a professional real estate photographer and thought maybe I could learn something from this book plus it was required by my company to read. I would not recommend this book and as for his examples they are not up to par as a professional.
If you are not a professional but want to learn how to take pictures using the manual settings on your camera I would suggest reading "Lighting" by Chris Bucher and "Understanding Exposure" by Byran Peterson, and of course "The Digital Photography Book" by Scott Kelby . The books may seem kind of mind boggling if you have not used the manual features on your camera, but as you practice more and more it will become second nature and you and your camera will become one. These were the books that helped me get started Professionally.
Another thing that will help you take great pictures is look at the world as if you were a child or trying to describe what you see to someone who cannot see or phantom what you see. Get up close and down in the dirt to see things in a new perspective and you will notice a huge improvement in your shots.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By steveofoto1 on April 1, 2009
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I've read this book twice through and am about to go through it again, taking copious notes or underlining. Regardless of your experience (and I'm an experienced architectural photographer), there's a lot to learn from this book. My feeling is that anyone who thinks the information is too basic or elementary is probably too egotistical to learn from anyone. Even more educated photographers can pick up nuances about the details of how cameras work and what a digital image actually is. Moreover, Mr. Kopelow's methodical explanation of his workflow is educational and fascinating.

I would hope that architects and others in related fields will read this book and have a greater appreciation of what it takes to create a top notch image.

I agree with others who think the images and format are a bit small. I also would have loved to see more detail in some sections such as how to use the transform tool and cloning to straighten an image. Since the book was written, HDR has evolved even further and now software like Photomatix makes it even more valuable. I'm sure the next edition of this book will include more about this.
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