Here are 10 reasons why you should choose (well ok a bit bold there - consider) me when looking for an architectural photographer to photograph your building. If you are busy then just get in touch using my contact page - trust me I am good at this stuff!
If you do however have the time then please read on.
1 - Construction experience.
I have a lifetime of experience working in the construction industry in a variety of sectors.. What does this mean to you as my client?
SImple. I will be completely at ease on your site, and will be able to deal with all that comes with a building as it nears completion. If it is complete, occupied and finished then great. Either way I will be fine taking photographs in, and of, your building.
2 - Photography experience
I have extensive experience photographing buildings of all shapes and sizes, in a variety of sectors and locations. Check out these pages on my website to see examples of my architectural photography work.
3 - Professional construction qualifications
I am a chartered builder - MCIOB. If you need to me take photographs on a construction site not a problem. I have a current CSCS card, and all my own PPE. When I say all, I have PPE that is suitable for most construction sites - every now and then some new requirement crops up that I am not aware of, such as high vis trousers!
4 – Professional photography qualifications
I am a professionally qualified photographer - LBIPP. THis is what I do, and the British Institute of Professional Photographers have recognised that my photographic work is to a standard where they are happy to give me a professional designation. And that was a couple of years ago to be fair - my work has developed quite a lot since then. I really must apply for the next level of qualification, ABIPP.
5 - This is what I do - architectural photography.
I'm quite good at photographing buildings. One of the reasons I am quite good at photographing buildings is because I have an interest in buildings. I enjoy photographing the interiors and exteriors of buildings of all types.
I espcially like getting those pictures that represent the design intent of a building, with the light interacting and making a record shot much much more than that.
If you took a look at my Lightroom Catalogue you would find lots of pictures of buildings. And I mean a lot. I have photographed a huge variety of buildings, developing my skills on every shoot. And my catalogue grows every month.
6 - My photography gear.
I know. Gear isn’t what photography is all about. It is how you use it. But then again, you need a certain level of photography gear to I have professional Canon photography equipment which allows me to take high-quality images.
I have Canon tilt shift lenses, and a variety of wide angle lenses to make sure I can capture as much of the internal space as possible, but not too much that I am giving a false impression!
My gear allows me to work in most environemnts, from a finished building to a quarry where gravel is being extracted.
The key piece of my photography equipment is my full frame DSLR, the Canon 6D. This workhorse has served me very well over the years, and has provided faultless service and fantastic image quality.
7 - Image Processing
My image processing is to a high technical standard.
I produce technically accurate and correct images. Straight lines, no distortion, correct colours.
This is a particular challenge but one that I am highly skilled at. I use the latest versions of Photoshop and Lightroom, and have work on a calibrated monitor. I am very picky about my image processing, and don't tell anyone but I enjoy it.
The fact I enjoy the boring bits really helps as a happy worker is a good worker!
8 - Techincal Accuracy
I can accurately reproduce the colours, tones and textures that are designed into buildings which are often important architectural features. And certainly important to the architects who often commission me.
This starts with image capture and understanding buildings and design. And the way light interacts with a building. And if you are an architect you will have specified certain colours for a reason, and the last thing that you will want is a horrible colour cast, or the woring colours completely.
I have stuff that I use to ensure that the white balance and colours are correct and accurate.
9 - Professional workflow
My image capture and image processing workflows combine to enable me to produce consistent high-quality imagery. This includes from one shoot to the next, in different locations on different days for the same client, which I have done on many occasions.
I have a method of working which works for me, and I follow from one job to the next. I have learnt how to correctly process digital images in Lightroom and Photoshop using some of the best trainers in the world. I have combined this knowledge with lots of practise to produce a technically correct, consistent, controlled workflow.
I have spent many many hours working on my digital image processing, and practising this on my architectural photography work.
10 - Other equipment I use
I also have a variety of equipment which allows me to shoot from different angles, heights and viewpoints to get a slightly different view on life.
Different viewpoints give different images. As well as getting conventional shots I try to introduce different angles into my shoots, using some highly technical gear.
- Lying on my back. I know - the only gear here is my carcass and the floor!
- Placing my camera on the floor on a Platypod.
- Sticking my camera up in the air on a large painters pole.
- Streching my arm out of a window (with me camera firly secured!).
I try different angle and viewpoints, with some surprising successes.
Summary - so why should you choose me to photograph your building?
Blimey – I could have called this post “10 reasons why you should choose me to photograph your building”. I know – good SEO work there….
But one more thing. And posibly the most important thing.
I have learned over the years how to photograph buildings. I have a highly skilled and trained eye (fully functioning too both of them thanks to Leightons!).
Photographing buildings is what I do. So please get in touch if you want me to photograph your building.