How I got this shot of the lovely St Marks Church in Ampfield, Hampshire - this is the first shoot with my Canon tilt shift lens

This is the picture I produced of the lovely St Marks Church in Ampfield. 

Architectural photography in Hampshire by Rick McEvoy Photography

Architectural photography in Hampshire by Rick McEvoy Photography

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. 

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And this is what I could see through the screen on my Canon 6D

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It is amazing to think how much of a scene I can record with my Canon 6D. 

Equipment used to take this photo. 

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

Want to be an architectural photographer? Check out this article I have written for Improve Photography

Yes. I have written this. Well why not? Who better to write an article like this than me?

Want to be an architectural photographer? Read my guide here

This article went live on the Improve Photography website on Wednesday of this week. Around the same time Adobe announced the biggest update to Lightroom in a decade!

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
  • Planning
  • 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.

And finally, the next page on my website to be completely updated is..... my interior photographer web page

Yes it has been a while coming, but my interior photographer page is complete, and live on my photography website right now (ok it went live on Saturday if I am being completely honest).

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

  1. Select 12 images - I do this in Lightroom
  2. Edit the images - using Lightroom and Photoshop
  3. Keyword the images - again in Lightroom
  4. Caption the images - Lightroom again
  5. Add a description in the metadata field - more Lightroom work
  6. 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.
  7. Upload the text to my Squarespace website
  8. Upload the images as above
  9. Add a title and description in the Squarespace gallery
  10. 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

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