Building photography is my specilaism. I am professionally qualified in photography (ABIPP) and also in construction managment (MCIOB) making me the ideal photographer to photograph your building for you. In this post I will tell you more about me and my building photography, and show you a few examples of my work.Read More
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Rick McEvoy - photographer in Hampshire
This is one of those photos that tells the whole story in one image.
The story is this.
The complete refurbishment of this building at Horndean Technology College in Hampshire, and the provision of a new garden which is very prominenet in the foreground. And very important to the users of this building.
The vapour trail of the plane was really there.
And the white van in front of the building to the right was removed using Photoshop. Obviously you can't see it now, and neither can you tell that it was there at the time!
This was an HDR image captured using my Canon 6D, which was placed on top of the corner fence post, with the compostion done though me peering through the not so great LCD screen on my Canon 6D in Live View mode.
I was stood on top of a low wall.
And the shot is one of the best construction shots that I have taken. This is down to a combination of factors.
- Technical image capture
Which all combine to give an image that has received so many positive comments.
Rick McEvoy ABIPP - Construction Photographer in Hampshire
This is what I posted 12 months ago today. I remember this post.
"I was contacted by the National Trust recently, and asked if they could use the image above in their social media feeds.
I said yes of course. The National Trust. What an absolute privilege.
This is the link to the Tweet - feel free to all head on over there and re-tweet this post! I have!
I wanted to capture the sun shining through the trees, and love this slightly overexposed image, which has a lovely, light natural feel to it.
I will be returning to The Vyne, and lots of other National Trust sites, to take more pictures. The National Trust sites are great locations to photograph any time of the year.
Rick McEvoy Photography
Thursday 23rd February 2017."
How has the quality of the production of blog posts improved over the last 12 months?
Quite a bit. Technical stuff has improved such as
- Shorter page title - some of my old posts had titles so long the important bit was probably lost in Google.
- External links - better quality, relevant external links
- Blog post URL - shortened to have more effect in Google
- The content has refined over the last 12 months as well, not that there was anything wrong with the content, but it is bound to evolve.
I do remember this post, as well as the National Trust making contact with me - the big question is - what impact did this have on my photography business?
Not a lot to be completely honest. And that is one of the problems with social media - we are all so obssessed with posting, likes, shares, thumbs up etc etc.
That is the thing I am not sure about. And the thing I think I am going to write about in an upcoming article on Improve Photography.
Rick McEvoy Photography - 12 months on
This is the picture I produced of the lovely St Marks Church in Ampfield.
This is the set up. OK I took the final shot a few rows back but you get the idea of the actual view as recorded on my iPhone 7 Plus.
And this is what I could see through the screen on my Canon 6D
It is amazing to think how much of a scene I can record with my Canon 6D.
Equipment used to take this photo.
- Canon 6D
- Canon 24mm tilt shift lens
- Manfrotto 190 Go tripod
- Manfrotto X Pro way geared head
- Neewer Loupe Viewer
- iPhone 7 Plus
Image capture settings
- AV Mode
- Shutter speed - 1 second
- Aperture F8
- ISO 100
- Manual focus. Yes Manual focus - this is one of the things you need to remember about tilt shift lenses.
I used the 10 second self-timer to take the photo, which is a single image capture.
Image processed in Lightroom. No Photoshop required.
Rick McEvoy Photography - Architectural Photographer in Hampshire
I have deliberately processed this image, taken on my Canon 6D, to emphasise the strong winter colours.
Best get on to February!
Rick McEvoy Photography - Photographer in Hampshire
Yes. I have written this. Well why not? Who better to write an article like this than me?
Oh well, I'm sure the next article, due to be posted in a fortnight, won't have anything so grand keeping it in the shadows.
Seriously though, check out Improve Photography. it is for all levels of photographers, and the podcast is up to episode 248. I have listened to evey available episode and look forward to it every week - this has been the case a long time before I became a writer for the website.
But back to me.
This is the first in a series of articles where I explain what I have learnt over the years working as an architectural photographer. In future articles I will write about
- Image capture
- Image processing
- Business aspects of architectural photography
- Business development
I know. Some of this sounds rather dull. But if you want to make a living as an architectural photographer these are important things.
Boring but important.
I use that quite a lot.
I thought it best to start my writing career writing about what I know best of all things, and this is what I did.
I hope that you find the article interesting, and please get in touch if you have eny questions, or obviously if you want me to photograph your building.
Rick McEvoy - Architectural Photographer
For new readers and new subscribers to my blog I am an architectural photographer based in Dorset working mainly in Dorset and Hampshire photographing buildings.
"I photograph lots of refurbished buildings. The extent of refurbishment varies massively. For this school in Hampshire the refurbishment was all the external walls and the roof. In addition, as a part of the remodelling, a new main entrance was constructed to the front of the school.
I like this picture of the extension, constructed from timber and clad in cedar. The canopy above the front entrance is a nice touch, offering shelter and a touch of style.
Nothing fancy, but it works well.
This picture was taken for the architect Kendall Kingscott at the point of practical completion of the works. Dawnus Construction were the main contractor on this project, and the client was Hampshire County Council.
This picture is taken from a bracketed set of three images captured on my Canon 6D."
Cedar cladding looks great when fitted. This cladding had a coating applied (Building Regs requirement) which gives it that lovely deep colour.
This picture is proof that sunshine and a blue sky really help pictures of buildings - if only every day was like this here in England!
A bit of a break from my series of architectural photography images today.
Well what do you think?
I am still wondering about this.
I am trying this out on some of the images on my architectural photographer page which have sky that warrants the injection of some motion, like this picture of Poole Police Station.
Rick McEvoy MCIOB, LBIPP
On my website I write
"This picture was taken for the architect, Kendall Kingscott. This picture shows the refurbished block set in the context of existing buildings. This is a kind of composition I like to include in a shoot, showing the impact of construction works to the immediate surrounding environment.
In this picture of the recently completely refurbished block, I have deliberately overlapped the old building on the left with the brand new white façade of the refurbished block.
This kind of picture is useful for architects and developers in developing future schemes of works.
There is a point to this image, and that point is placing a new structure in it's context. In this case a big bright shiny white building set against less appealing older buildings.
Architecture is not just about the buildings, but also how these buildings interact with their surroundings.
When I say change your point of view, I mean get down low.
Onto the floor.
Once you do this you are photographing from a different viewpoint.
And that will help you produce a different image. And a different image is more interesting.
And once you are in that new position, try your camera both ways, in landscape and portrait orientations.
On the new interior photographer page of my website I elaborate
"An extension to a school hall – check out the new flooring
This is not a construction product shot, but it could be. The flooring is made and installed by a company called Granwood. And does this flooring finish off this extension to a school hall well? Yes is of course the answer. I never expected the effect to be so striking, and unusually I have included another portrait format picture. This is another point – composition should be carefully considered to ensure that the composition shows the space the best it can. I often take pictures in both landscape and portrait orientations of the same composition – to do this I have my Canon 6D attached to an L bracket before being fixed to my Manfrotto tripod, allowing me to change my camera from landscape to portrait and back in seconds.
Combine this with the low angle and you have a striking interior picture."
And is this a striking picture?
I think so.
Rick McEvoy Photography
"Now there is a story behind this picture. I was meant to be photographing the refurbished lecture theatre at the University of Southampton just as the works were finishing, as once completed the hall was going to be used straight away, and gaining access after that was going to be a challenge. And one of the key points of photographing refurbished internal spaces is that they need to be all nice and clean and shiny. The pictures were taken for the architect, Kendall Kingscott, for their portfolio.
The problem was that the works were not finished. I have taken a view looking towards the huge screen, but the new projection system was being tested so the screen kept on changing, so I decided to shoot straight at the projector. Looking this way there were half a dozen people finishing off the works, with step ladders, people wearing high vis jackets etc. And the black wall you see above the seats was not finished.
This is where my skills in Photoshop come in. I managed to remove all evidence of the people working in there, much to the amazement of the architect himself.
This is just something I have to deal with on a daily basis in my work- you just have to remember that extra work in Photoshop takes more time."
I know. Builders eh!
I write on the interior photographer page of my website about a trick with white balance.
"A big and busy space. Lots of grey carpet. I love grey carpet by the way. I can set my white balance just by using the eye dropper on the white balance tool in Lightroom and selecting the carpet.
If there is no neutral colour I use one of my grey cards to ensure that I have captured the correct white balance in the scene. The white balance that is specific to the lighting in the space I am photographing.
This is the starting point to all my digital image processing – getting the white balance correct. If not the colours are (or may) be out, and correcting the white balance can have an impact on the exposure, so it makes perfect sense to me to start off with the white balance and the exposure correct!"
Yes I know. Grey carpet. Grey furniture works just as well. And the beauty is that the carpet is illuminated by the dominant light source in the room.
One other tip - I take a set of images to capture the white balance, then take a picture of my hand before taking actual photographs, so i can easily tell when I get back to my office where the test shots end. This is more useful than it sounds - when you get back from a days shooting and have hundreds or even thousands of images to sort through little things like this really help.
If you are wondering why it takes so long for me to produce a new web page, these are the steps I have to go through for each and every page of my website
- Select 12 images - I do this in Lightroom
- Edit the images - using Lightroom and Photoshop
- Keyword the images - again in Lightroom
- Caption the images - Lightroom again
- Add a description in the metadata field - more Lightroom work
- Produce brand new text for the page, with links - not Lightroom! I do this in Word on my PC and iPad Pro. This takes quite a long time to do.
- Upload the text to my Squarespace website
- Upload the images as above
- Add a title and description in the Squarespace gallery
- Check all the links work
And then write all about it!
As you can see there is quite a lot of work to do to create a new web page. And there is the time spent selecting the images and then researching my work and finding links etc and a bit of background information.
Why am I rewriting all my pages?
The problem is that I had pages on my website with no text, meaning that they were not doing much at all in terms of them being found by Google.
Images on their own have very little value in SEO terms to Google. This is why I am doing one page at a time, one after the other, until my work category of web pages is complete.
And some of the pages are quite old, with quite old images. I have better work that I want to display on my website.
On the plus side, now that I have a set of 12 images and accompanying text, this does give me 12 days of blog post material which is always a bonus, so starting tomorrow you will see each new image one by one, along with a few words about the image.
And I might throw in the odd black and white version as well.
Once I have got this little lot out of the way it will be on to the next web page, which I think is going to be my architectural photographer page.
I will start the process all over again, with my starting point being the set of 12 images that I choose for this particular page. And after that another page. Until I am done.
But that is for another time, probably July.
Back to my interior photographer page. I have produced a set of 12 images which hopefully show a good variety of my interior work, covering a range of subjects, environments and lighting.
Tomorrow I will post and write about one of my favourite interior photographs, which is a picture of the interior of Bordeaux Cathedral, a fantastic building in, erm, Bordeaux. But more about that tomorrow right here on my photography blog.
Rick McEvoy Photography - Interior Photographer
Bournemouth, Poole, Sandbanks, London
Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Hampshire, Somerset, Wiltshire
Today a couple of pictures that I like.
It is a Saturday in June. It is going to be a hot day.
So let’s just look at some nice pictures today. Nothing too heavy.
As well as the colour version you can see in this post I will also post the black and white version of this picture later.
The colour version of the picture was produced using Lightroom Mobile on my iPad Pro. On a plane. This was the first time I ad flown since I was given my iPad by my fantastic wife. And did it make a difference to a 4 ½ hour flight!
This is quite a stark, contrasty image. This was deliberate processing as I wanted this look for this image.
And for completeness I guess I should tell you where I took this image.
The Vyne is one of my favourite places with fascinating woods which I am hoping to return to this summer when everything is in full bloom.
I find landscape photography very relaxing, and also a very productive time for me. I have changed my approach to landscape photography these days, and take much fewer images than I used to. I enjoy walking in the English landscape, looking and enjoying being out and about. Only when I have found something of interest do I get my camera out of my bag, which for landscape photography (as well as any photography on construction sites) is my Peak Design Everyday Backpack.
As well as getting my camera out I also remove my Manfrotto tripod from the external pocket and place it where the scene is I want to photograph.
Landscape photography for me is something to be enjoyed, not rushed.