FS Original: Mike Kelley Shows the Secrets to Shooting Architectural Images
It’s been a while since we’ve released an Fstoppers original video, so today we want to take you behind the scenes with Mike Kelley. If you’ve been following Fstoppers then you know he’s been a writer with us for a while and is also one of the most talented architectural photographers in the country. Mike’s workflow and style is truly incredible and the amount of hours he spends on creating just one image is – as cheesy as it sounds – a work of art.
Back in July, Lee Patrick and I had the pleasure of spending an entire month with Mike to produce his upcoming DVD tutorial which will be released by the end of this year (so be sure to put it on your Christmas list!). After WPPI 2013, we headed to Scottsdale, Arizona to film Mike “doin’ his thing.” It’s crazy to think he used to be a professional snowboarder turned professional photographer. We spent two days filming and talking about his process. While he shot and put together multiple images for this client, Mike calls the most important image of a shoot the “twilight image.” If you’re an architectural photographer or looking to get started, this is the one image that you must know how to master.
As Mike will tell you, a lot of architectural photography is moving furniture and waiting until you have that perfect 5 minute window. Once he’s got everything ready to go, he’ll take a speedlight on a monopod and go around and flash several different details of the exterior. Once he’s finished, all of those images get put into one image and we’re going to show you how he does it. If this original and the DVD isn’t enough, or you just want to meet Mike and see how charming he is in person, then head over to our Fstoppers workshop website and sign up to learn from him hands-on in the Bahamas in May 2014. Mike has also put together a complete gear guide of every single thing he uses to create his amazing images.