Last year at my workshop in the Bahamas, my students challenged me to photograph a hotel room in under five minutes. They then wanted to see how fast I could retouch it, and I've decided to do it again, this time capturing it on camera, to show everyone what is possible with only a few minutes on location, a bit of Photoshop knowledge, and of course a lot of practice in the art of previsualization!
While I woudn't condone doing this for one of your paid shoots, one of the biggest complaints I regularly hear about my method of photographing architecture and hotels is that "it just takes too long" and "the client will never wait for me" or "I'm not getting paid to justify all the time." I want to show what is possible if you go in with a plan, move quick, and know how to figure things out in post when you have the right pieces. The hardest thing to grasp about this will probably be the pre-visualzation skills required to know what to light, how to light it, and then how to use those pieces in Photoshop appropriately to get a decent result. And that is what will take years of practice, but having the right tools and knowledge at your disposal will greatly speed up this process.
As I mentioned in the video, while this is a great quick-and-dirty retouching job, all of my high-end architecture work usually involves hours and hours on location, and even more hours in front of the computer, hemming and hawing over retouching, mulling over tiny details, and really digging into a photo to get the best results. However this video brushes over most of the basic tools that I use on a regular basis and should get you following along with the basic processes that I use to create my paid work.
If you're interested in learning more about my methods, be sure to check out Where Art Meets Architecture, the 8-hour tutorial I did with Fstoppers on all things architectural photography, or check out my upcoming architectural photography workshops this May in the Bahamas. Here are a few other shots that we put together while we were there; everyone gets to follow along and go home with some great portfolio material!