How I process my architectural photography images

Today at 5pm BST my next article is published on the Improve Photography website.

I have already produced these articles on my work as an architectural photographer. 

Want to be an architectural photographer? Read my guide here

10 Tips on getting work as an architectural photographer

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10 tips for planning an architectural photography shoot

What gear do I use for my architectural photography? Find out here

How I take my architectural photography images – a detailed explanation

There was also an article about what you should ask your client to do to prepare their house for a photography shoot.

19 things for a client to do before you photograph their house

There will be one final wrap up article where I summarise the questions that readers of the Improve Photography website have asked. 

Back to the article being published later on today.

I write about the processing of one image. This picture of the interior of the magnificent Bordeaux Cathedral.

Bordeaux Cathedral by Rick McEvoy Architectural Photographer

Bordeaux Cathedral by Rick McEvoy Architectural Photographer

I process my work using Lightroom, using Photoshop to clean up an image and remove unwanted stuff., and conclude with some closing thoughts.

This is all I do. 

I will write more about this article tomorrow, but for now check out Improve Photography at 5pm for the full article. And please ask questions in the comments box at the end of the article.

Rick McEvoy - Photography Blogger

Why should you choose me to photograph your building?

Now that is a fair question.

Heres why.

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You will find me easy to deal with as I have a lifetime of experience in construction and photography, meaning you are not talking to a photographer who has never been on a construction site.

I understand buildings and construction, and am used to talking to

  • Architects
  • Contractors
  • Suppliers
  • Installers
  • Building owners
  • Estate agents
  • Developers

I even understand the rudimentaries of M&E, but cannot lay claim to understanding acoustics!

Need photos from a scaffold? Roof? Excavation?

No problem - you provide the safe access and I am there.

I can help you get the images you want and make the process as easy and hassle free as I can for you. 

This is what I do - I photograph buildings and construction sites. 

Before I go on - you can contact me by  

Phone - 07772252186

Email - sales@rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk

Contact form on my web page - click here

Here are 10 reasons why you might like to contact me to photograph your building. Well anything related to the built environment at all really.

1 - I am a Chartered Builder - MCIOB

I have proudly held the professional designation MCIOB for some years now. I have over 30 years of construction industry experience

Yes I am that old. And as a result of this experience I am at home working on construction sites of all shapes, sizes and complexities, and more importantly I am more than comfortable working with construction people at all levels (talking of all levels I am fine working on roofs, scaffolding, in excavations – anywhere on site – you just provide a safe place for me and I can be there taking photographs)

2 - I am also professionally qualified in photography – LBIPP.

I was delighted to achieve my LBIPP (Licentiate in the British Institute of Professional Photography) a few years ago.

These two on their own are enough for some people which is why I start with them. It saves time. I know you are all busy people out there so if this is all you need to know get in touch with me here and forget about the next 8 points, as good as they are.

3 - I provide a high quality, personal professional service on every shoot

I pride myself on providing a  high quality service on every shoot. Everything is agreed in writing, and regular updates are provided - this is particularly important with our ever so predictable British weather!

I wont go on about the quality of my images - I am a photographer after all sp that is a given. You can of course check out the images on my website.

I can even provide a next day service if required. I once had to produce a set of fully edited images for a 9am deadline the morning after an afternoon shoot.

4 - I have an eye for this stuff.

I like to think that I am quite good at what I do. I combine my years of construction and photography experience to give me a fairly unique insight into the world of architectural photography. 

I understand construction and architecture, and what is important within a design. OK the least bit the architect tells me but I will be able to quickly understand the key features. 

5 - And an ear too

Whatever you are  - architect, main contractor, property owner, landlord, estate agent, developer, material supplier, specialist installer - I get that your needs are going to be very specific.

And I am in a unique position to be able to understand you r specific requirements and deliver the images required.

I will be able to fulfill the very specific requirements of your brief. I will also where possible provide alternative views and compositions.

But first and foremost I listen to my clients. 

6 - I am a current CSCS card holder

I managed to pass the health and safety test with flying colours recently (phew). So if you want photographs taking on a live construction site no problem. I have been through more site inductions than I can remember so that is all good and familiar to me. And

I have all my own PPE

My collection of PPE is suitable for most construction sites. I had to purchase high visibility trousers recently to complete the luminous clothing set!

8 - My photography gear is designed for construction sites

My photography equipment has evolved over the years and my work in a wide range of live site environments to allow me to quickly and efficiently photograph any construction site. I say any - there must be exceptions to that but I have not come across one yet.

And of course all my gear is durable enough to withstand the rigours of live construction sites any time of the year.

9 - I process all my own images

I am highly skilled in Lightroom and Photoshop. I consistently produce technically accurate and correct images.

No architect likes their building to look wonky in a photo after all do they?

I can also produce images that are consistent in style from different shoots in different locations on different days.

10 - My company is just me

I am the only person you deal with from start to finish - I answer all enquiries, develop the brief, produce the quote, agree the scope, plan the shoot, take the photos, edit the photos, issue the photos and submit the invoices. There is no one else – just me.

And I am a nice chap. 

11 – I enjoy what I do.

I know. This is 11 things. But this important.

I always find that people who enjoy what they do produce better work than people who don’t, and I seriously enjoy taking photographs of construction products and construction sites, buildings, architecture, interiors – anything that is built basically.

I extend this enjoyment to holidays - there isn’t a destination I have been to where I did not photograph buildings, and pop into the local church to get a great interior shot! 

Thats it.

Please check out my work on the following pages of my website.

Architectural photographer

Commercial photographer

Construction photographer

Construction product photographer

Industrial photographer

Interior photographer

Property photographer

And to find out more about me all you need to do is pop over to my photography blog, where I make daily posts.

Any questions, please get in touch with me. 

Rick McEvoy Photography - MCIOB, LBIPP

10 tips for planning an architectural photography shoot - my new article on Improve Photography

Yes - article number 7 written by me was published this week on Improve Photography.

10 tips for planning an architectural photography shoot is the next in the series of artciles I am writing all about being an architectural photographer.

The first two articles were these

Want to be an architectural photographer? Read my guide here

10 Tips on getting work as an architectural photographer

And coming up next is the Rode Vidoe Mic Me review, which I am starting work on today for publication 16th January.

Check out the Improve Photography website - there is lots of great stuff on there. I am looking forward to reading the article titled 13 Tips for Starting a Photography YouTube Channel due to be oublished shotly.

Rick McEvoy Photography

 

10 great reasons why you should choose me to photograph your building - I am an architectural photographer with a difference

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.

http://rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/architectural-photographer/

http://rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/construction-photographer/

http://rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/construction-product-photographer/

http://rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/interior-photographer/

http://rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/property-photographer/

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.

Rick McEvoy MCIOB, LBIPP - Architectural Photographer

10 Tips on getting work as an architectural photographer - this is my second article on the Improve Photography website

This is the second article in my series about being an architectural photographer. You can read the article on the Improve Photography website. It was published on Tuesday 24th October, at 10am in the time zone 7 hours behind where I am now. Work that one out! (I can'T).

Yes I am really working across time zones now which in itself is interesting.

In this article I write about some of the things that I have learned that will hopefully help readers get work as an architectural photographer.

The 10 areas I cover are

  1. Clients - who might you work for as an architectural photographer
  2. Who is your ideal client? I know who mine is, and for that matter who is not.
  3. Marketing. How do you get clients? How do you get people to find you?
  4. Branding. What are clients looking for? How should you present yourself to the outside world?
  5. Website. What should your website contain. What will convince the ideal client to engage with you?
  6. SEO. Search engine optimisation. A minefield or just common sense? What do you need to do?
  7. Social Media. Is this relevant? Do you need to bother? Should you chase likes/ thumbs ups/ comments/ followers?
  8. Pricing. What do you need to think about when putting a price together for an architectural photography job?
  9. Commercial Matters. Less interesting than anything else, but also very important.
  10. Professionalism. You are trying to run a business right? So be professional.

You can read all about this article from the link above.

The next article will be all about planning a shoot.

Rick McEvoy Photography

 

 

 

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.

How much work goes into a single page of my photography website? Find out on this post about my brand new Poole Photographer web page.

How much work goes into a single page of my photography website?

More than you might think. Now this is not a complaint. No one has asked me to do this – this is all my own fault for wanting my web pages to work the best they possibly can for me. I am just saying……….

I have finally updated another page on my website. Check out the new set of 12 pictures of Poole on my brand new for September 2017 Poole Photographer page.

Honestly you’d be surprised how much work goes into a single page of my website. I was just thinking it is no wonder it takes me long to produce a new web page.

I thought I would share with you all exactly what I have to do to completely update a page on my photography website.

Firstly, I have to select 12 images (from several thousand in my Lightroom Catalogue), which is a nightmare. I take too long about this, overthinking things, and struggle to get down to 12 images.

No I am not saying that I have hundreds of fantastic photographs of Poole. Not at all. I am saying that I struggle to produce a coherent set of 12 images that represent Poole to me.

In this post I will describe the proceeds and tools I use to come up with a selection 12 images from several thousand.

I should have called this post "How to select 12 images in Lightroom from thousands".

I select my set of 12 images using the excellent Collections in Lightroom.

I create a new collection called, erm, Poole in this case, and add all the pictures I have taken in Poole into this collection. When I say all the pictures in Poole this is non-commercial work, or more precisely not pictures of buildings, construction sites, architecture etc in Poole.

I figure that people searching for Poole Photographer might actually want to look at photographs of Poole rather than commercial work taken in Poole. There is a big difference.

I have other pages for my commercial photography work which are

Architectural photographer

Commercial photographer

Construction photographer

Construction product photographer

Interior photographer

Industrial photographer

Property photographer

So back to my Poole collection in Lightroom. I make sure that none of the images have a pick against them, for reasons which will become obvious, by using the keyboard shortcut Control A, then hit the U key (U for unpick – surprisingly logical). Then I go though the images one by one, and press P when I like something. P for pick – equally logical. Don’t worry – there are keyboard shortcuts that do not make sense – after all there are much more than 26 keyword shortcuts.

Once I have done this I filter out only the picks, and hope to have a perfect set of 12 images, which of course I don’t. So then I go through what is a much reduced set of images and keep removing the flags until I get down to the 12 images I want for each web page.

I filter the Lightroom Collection to only show images which are picks, and as soon as I unpick an image it disappears from view. This is so simple but so effective.

So that is the culling process – as I said this can be a long and painful process and one which I need to get more efficient at.

I use the same process for every commercial shoot, with a few tweaks which are caused by the way I take photographs these days.

This process can take a number of days to complete, depending on time availability, and happens over my iPhone, iPad and PC with big monitor, all through the miracle that is Lightroom Mobile.

Once I have 12 images then I have to edit some, if not all of them.

The time this takes varies enormously from one photo to the next. Some are edits I am happy with, and some are completely unedited, which is always a good thing as this means a brand new image on my website, which is always an exciting thing. Most of the editing work is done in Lightroom, with additional work carried out in Photoshop as and when required.

Once I have edited the 12 images there is more work to do in Lightroom.

This is boring but important.

I add text to the metadata, namely the image title and caption fields, as well as adding up to 30 keywords, and then rename the file. This is also all done inside of Lightroom. Interestingly enough I can change the titles and captions in Lightroom Mobile, but not the file name or keywords?

No I can’t work that one out either.

Why do I do this?

Simple – Google might be clever but it can’t read pictures (yet), so the text makes the pictures visible to Google, and gives them SEO value, which is very important to me.

It also needs to accurately describe each photograph, so is quite an involved task. The good news is that once it is done the keywords are with the image for good. (I don’t do Facebook with it’s metadata stripping).

Next I have to write text all about me and why you should commission me to take your photographs in/ of Poole, and some words about the images. I like to describe the images within each web page.

All these different fields of text need to have slightly different words, as Google also does not like duplicate text, which means I can’t just copy and paste everything everywhere. This is why every blog post is written individually too.

The text needs to be significant (in terms of quantity of content), and relevant to the subject, which in this case is me as Poole photographer to provide value to my website in terms of search results, SEO etc etc. There is after all no point having a website if no one is looking at it, if no one can find it.

It is like having a shop that no one can find.

After all that I have to do the inevitable bad spelling/ bad grammar check (which sometimes reveals some dreadful gaffes) and then it all needs uploading onto the particular web page using my website provider, Squarespace. I also need to add text to the title and description fields on my Squarespace website editor for each image – the Lightroom Metadata does not get there for some reason. This I do by copying and pasting from the Lightroom fields to be honest.

And then I have to add the external and internal links within the page – very important in SEO terms again.

So why am I going though all this pain?

Simple.

On some of my web pages the images are quite frankly rubbish. They are years out of date and do not reflect the standard of work I am offering right now.

And this makes me sad.

I would hate for someone to visit my website and look at one of my awful old galleries and come to the conclusion that I am not what I say I am, and that the standard of my current work is what it was 3 – 5 years ago. Which is certainly not the case.

No that will not do.

Which is why I am just getting on with this long process – the sooner it is done the sooner I can get back to those pictures of Santorini.

I also need to keep track of all this work. I have come up with a simple way of doing this, keeping track of the changes to my website. I have a single spread sheet which I update every time there is a change. I do this on my iPad, which is much quicker than using Excel on my PC for some reason.

Next page for the updating treatment is my construction photographer page – I will moan about this In another post shortly I have no doubt.

There is a positive side to this – I don’t do this often, every couple of years I guess, and I have got rid of some old irrelevant pages which has reduced the amount of work.

And another positive – my pages look a lot better, and all that time and effort only happens once on a page, and should provide benefits for years to come.

So as painful as this work is, it is important and is going to continue around the mass of other things I have to do.

I have decided that the sooner I get them all done the better so I can get back to the things I want to do, in addition to earning money that is.

Rick McEvoy - Poole Photographer

So why should you choose me to photograph your building? Here are 10 reasons to start with!

I hope that you have enjoyed seeing the selection of work on my architectural photographer web page.

I will post all 12 images tomorrow – just the images, no waffle from me.

I would like to summarise the posts of the last couple of weeks, and answer the question – why should you choose me to photograph your building?

Here are 10 reasons, which I hope are enough for you to get in touch with me.

1 – I am a Chartered Builder - MCIOB

I have a lifetime of professional experience in the construction industry.

2 – I am professionally qualified in photographer – LBIPP

I am a Licentiate in the British Institute of Photographers. What does LBIPP mean? According to the BIPP website LBIPP is an

“Entry level qualification, showing an established professional level of skill and competence”.

So that’s all good then. And that was a couple of years ago to be fair, and my photography work has developed rather a lot since then.

3 – My photography equipment

I use specialist equipment. The equipment I use for my architectural photography work has been refined over the years, giving me very specific equipment for specific subjects, locations and environments.

4 – I love photographing architecture

This is not a job I hate doing. I love buildings, architecture, interiors and indeed construction sites. So, you get a big bundle of enthusiasm when you commission me. And you know what they say about people who enjoy what they do?

5 – My creative eye

I have an eye for light, details, composition, tones and textures. And details. I view things as a photographer. And, I view things as a construction professional. A great combination for an architectural photographer!

6 – My business skills

I have worked professionally in construction for over 30 years, have two companies of my own, and I am my businesses. There is just me to deal with, and if I do not do great work that people want I don’t get paid. It really is that simple!

7 – Personal service

You deal with me. Only me. All the way through from start to finish. I take the photos and I edit the photos – there is no outsourcing anywhere.

8 - Image processing

Architectural photography is a specialised, technical discipline. Pictures of buildings must be technically correct, with straight lines and correct colours but also looking natural.

And this is my specialism.

9 – My personality

I like people. I have spent a lifetime working in the construction industry, and get on with people at all levels.

10 – My professionalism

I pride myself on providing a high quality professional service on every job. I am not cheap, and if you are after the cheapest photographer it will not be me, but I provide high quality pictures and a high-quality service.

There you have it. 10 reasons why you should choose me to photograph your building. 

You can get in touch by phone, email or via my contact page - I really don't mind - just get in touch. 

Rick McEvoy PhotographyArchitectural photographer Bournemouth, Poole, Sandbanks, London, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Hampshire, Somerset, Wiltshire