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How to Photograph Buildings and Interiors: Third Updated and Expanded Edition Paperback – September 1, 2002
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An exceptionally realistic treatise on the theory and practice of architectural photography. Supplying adequate technical information for beginners, advanced amateurs, and even professional photographers experienced in other specialties, the primary focus of How to Photograph is on the aesthetic and intellectual elements of the medium....Kopelow packs this work with a wealth of information for virtually everyone in the architectural profession. -- Tom Fuller, Inland Architect
The book I should have written. -- Larry Thall, Photo Electronic Imaging --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Photographer Gerry Kopelow has written for Popular Photography Magazine, Canadian Architect, Horrowsmith Magazine, and others. He has taught photography at Harvard Design School and resides in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
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It began as an interesting read, as he explained about what the pros use. Then he explained what the beginner could buy, but why it's not really as good. He showed a few examples of how lighting effects a scene and alters color, but in general, his "shooting by beginners on a tight budget" should be "shooting in these locations by beginners with several grand to spend on equiptment".
I was hoping for a book that talked about the uses of lighting, the uses of color, actually shooting something besides huge, open, commercial structures. This is my first return to Amazon.
To me, it disn't matter if it was film or digital because I shoot digital and was much more interested in the techniques and principles of architectural photography.
This book is a complete course. Just about every topic is covered to some extent. It does cover equipment used by the author and other professional arcitectural photographers and why. This topic is covered in good detail.
Other topics also incluse things like best persepectives for interior or exterior shots, architeural details (interesting), what publications look for, what potential clients really want and need (enginneers, architects, magazines, etc).
The techniques showed and discussed in this book are very useful, even in the digital age. As I write this (Oct. 2006)don't let the fact that this book was written with film mostly in mind deter you. It's about the techniques used that are more important. Transpareny film is still much perferred by all the major architectural magazines and large format cameras are discussed because that is what is being used in Professional Architectural photography. Having said that, I don't use large format cameras (don't know how). My clients are not as particular about correcting distortions as a magaine editor might be. But the proper lighting techniques, camera positions, equipment, etc. do matter. And this book just about covers it all.
This book is an easy read and well illustrated with plenty of photographs and diagrams.
It would be at an advanced level.
If you are looking for a book that tells you how to mimic shots, rather than to explain the key concepts behind shots in order to let you apply this knowledge in a way you prefer, then this book may not be for you. It's not really about "cookie-cutter photography".
I'm an experienced semi-professional photographer, with a combination of formal education and several years experience in film and digital photography. I've read many books on photography and this one is very good.
I also understand that the author is shooting more digital now and is a Canon Explorer of Light.
I hope this helps someone.
This book is intended for people who already have some skill in photography. I like to take pictures of houses as a hobby, and I picked up this book with the hope of learning how to make my pictures look better. After reading the book, I am better able to spot some obvious mistakes in my house photos, but I didn't learn that much that will help me on the hobbyist level- -a book for beginners would have been better for my purposes. On the other hand, professional photographers may find much of interest in this book.