A few weeks ago Pat, Lee, Lauren and myself went to the Bahamas to get ready for the upcoming Fstoppers Workshop. While we were there, we wanted to film some kind of architectural photography tutorial video, and we're happy to share that it's finally ready. The Atlantis Resort is giving us an all-access pass to photograph anything at the resort for the workshop, and here's a sample of what we could be shooting if you decide to come.
Being an architectural photographer myself, I have seen some pretty incredible locations throughout North America and Europe over the past few years, but I have to say that the penthouse suite at The Cove (a part of the Atlantis Resort) was one of the most impressive. At $15,000 a night it isn't cheap, and it makes a perfect location to teach plenty of techniques when it comes to architectural photography. The last time we did one of these videos, we focused on a twilight exterior photograph in Scottsdale, Arizona. This time we're on the other side of the country and we'll be doing a twilight interior photograph - which shares many of the same techniques and post processing tricks.
For this shot, we spent a lot of time deciding on a composition and ended up choosing to use a tilt shift lens to create a stitched vertical panorama that captured both the floor and ceiling without using an ultra wide angle lens. This is a pretty easy technique that allows you to capture wide fields of view while not losing image quality due to being too wide. This also makes for a pretty massive file with plenty of detail. I usually do this with a 24mm Tilt Shift Lens and 1.4x extender, which surprisingly enough works on Canon's fantastic TS lenses.
After we chose the composition, we got to work moving furniture and adding light. You want to make sure that everything is just where you want it during the twilight period - so that when the light outside is balanced with the light inside, you're ready to take your photographs and add the light if you want to. In this particular room, there was plenty of overhead lighting which was visible to the naked eye, but not to the camera. In order to add some of that sparkle and drama back to the image, we added a little bit of light with a speedlight and Photoshop.
My favorite thing about this image is the tiny amount of gear we used. With just the camera, lens, speedlight, tripod and CamRanger, we were able to create what I consider a pretty stunning shot of a grand location. If this is something that interests you, I highly recommend that you consider making the trek to the Bahamas for my upcoming workshop with fstoppers. I'll be there with 9 other photographers teaching in an intimate setting with a limited amount of students. We'll have unfettered access to these incredible shooting areas - and I'll be able to answer any questions you have about architectural photography, from lighting to composing to getting your business off the ground.
And if you're not able to make it to the workshop, check out 'Where Art Meets Architecture: How To Photograph Real Estate, Architecture, and Interiors', a 7+ hour long tutorial devoted to walking you through nearly every situation I encounter on an architectural photoshoot. You can learn more and check out some of the reviews by heading to the Fstoppers store.