Mike Kelley's Where Art Meets Architecture 1

How To Photograph Real Estate, Architecture and Interiors Tutorial with Mike Kelley

After years of perfecting his unique "light painting with speedlights" technique, Mike Kelley has quickly become one of the most sought after architecture and interior photographers around. Mixing artificial light, natural ambient light, and high powered strobe light, Mike's images create a hyper realistic mood that has become a staple in the commercial and advertising world. Unlike traditional techniques such as single long exposures or high dynamic range renders, Mike's light painting technique allows him to have the most amount of control over every light source seen in his images. It is only after you have seen Mike's before and after examples that you can really appreciate just how impressive his work truly is.

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Fstoppers.com has teamed up with Mike Kelley to produce Where Art Meets Architecture, a 7 hour long digital download on how to photograph real estate, architecture, and interiors. In this photography tutorial, Mike will explain each and every technique he uses to produce his stunning images. The full photography tutorial is broken down into three chapters, each covering the tools necessary to succeed in the different niche markets within the field of interior photography. So no matter if you are an experienced photographer or have never taken your camera out of auto mode, Mike will teach you the most basic steps to get started as well as walk you through some of his most complicated photo edits. From simple on-camera Real Estate photographs, to twilight exteriors with 20 layers of Photoshop, this tutorial will help you get on the fast track to making your photos of homes and architecture look as good as those seen in publications and commercials.

What is covered:

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Real Estate Photography: In the Real Estate section, Mike will teach you everything you need to know about this genre so you can kick start your career and start producing images for real estate agents, listing agents, and general property management. All of the basics will be covered in this chapter including:

  • How to get started with minimal gear
  • How to bounce flash effectively
  • Using natural light to your advantage
  • Properly composing your frame
  • Choosing the correct focal length
  • How to retain exterior window views
  • Two, three, and four light setups
  • Correcting pincushion and barrel distortion
  • Fixing converging lines in Photoshop
  • Creating a final image completely in camera

In addition to "building your foundation", Mike also talks candidly about how he found success in the real estate market, and how you too can build a money making business shooting properties for sale.

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Architecture and Interior Photography: This chapter focuses on how to create photographs for higher paying clients like architects, home builders, interior designers, and magazine editorials. With the ground work already laid down, Mike focuses on streamlining your workflow and pushing your images into actual works of art. While on location at an actual architect's personal home, Mike walks you through eight flagship images from initial capture all the way through the final photoshop editing process. We have also included a full Photoshop PSD file of a twilight exterior images so you can follow along as Mike teaches every step in creating his signature look.

  • Mike's Twilight Exterior Technique
  • Advanced light painting and compositing
  • Tethering to an ipad/iphone
  • Using scrims to control reflections/specular highlights
  • The "Moody Interior Twilight Shot"
  • Faking warm sunlight
  • Staging furniture for strong compositions

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Commercial and Advertising Photography: In this final section, Mike takes you on the set of two commercial spaces and demonstrates how to produce perfect images for restaurants, hotels, wedding venues, resorts, and other commercial clients. Emphasis will be placed on meeting your clients needs and lighting images according to the use of the space.

  • Creating twilight images while a restaurant is open for business
  • Incorporating people into your photography
  • Lighting multi room locations
  • Replacing details in Photoshop
  • Lighting large banquet halls
  • How to create an inviting atmosphere

Additionally, Mike will also cover the business of commercial and advertising photography including how to market yourself, how to build residual income through image licensing, finding and maintaining clients, and pricing your work.

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*All refunds are outlined in our terms of service.

"‘Where Art Meets Architecture’ is the definitive workshop on shooting Real Estate, Architecture, or Interior images. What you learn in this 7 hour workshop is what many photographers dream about...By the time you are finished with this workshop, you will feel as if you have the tools you need to complete any job in this niche of photography."

-Anthony Thurston, SLR Lounge (read full 5-Star review here)

Not familiar with Mike's work? Check out this short Fstoppers Original we did with Mike as he photographs an exterior twilight shot in Arizona. Read the full original post here.

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Two Additional Tutorials!  

Since the release of Where Art Meets Architecture 1, Fstoppers has produced two new tutorials with Mike Kelley (WAMA II and III). These tutorials are MUCH more advanced and focus on very specific elements of the architecture photography market. If you are just getting started with real estate photography, lighting, and post production, we highly recommend watching WAMA 1 first, but we have also bundled all of the tutorials in this series at a discount if you want to learn everything Mike has to teach.  

View the sales page for WAMA 2 Here.

View the sales page for WAMA 3 Here.

*No refunds allowed for bundle purchases.

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Mike Kelley's picture

Hi Greville, yes! It doesn't matter where in the world you are, as long as you have a paypal account you should be good.

Street Core's picture

Is this still available to purchase? When I click the "Buy Now" links I am taken to a blank page at e-junkie.com/ecom/gb.php. I was also wondering about the total download size. Someone earlier suggested the whole package was less than 8MB, but that seems quite small for 8 hours of video.

Mike Kelley's picture

We just were made aware of the problem and are working to fix it! Hopefully I can update you shortly when it's good to go. Sorry for the inconvenience! -Mike

This workshop is fantastic - Mike is a great teacher and everything is very easy to follow. I would highly recommend it to any aspiring architectural photographer!

I have one quick question, Mike: I'm currently practicing my twilight exteriors and the eventual file size is over 4GB and so Photoshop isn't saving it to Lightroom as it normally would. Do you change your Save/Export settings or do you do something to reduce the file sizes?

I would like to buy this as a gift for someone. How would I go about doing that? Do you offer this course on DVD Etc...?

I also only got one file in the extras...

Does it come with all the PSD from each chapter? I read John comment and I'am worry about doesn´t include all files to work on ourself in each chapter

Daniel afcha's picture

I bought the tutorial, very useful and informative. Can`t complain. Price is too low for what you get. Other than that, anyone knows how to get into the secret group on fb? thanks!

Sean T's picture

Does the Real Estate section go over home interiors? That's the part I find challenging to figure out. That's the part I really want to see. Also does he show use of strobes in it which I know he uses now mainly?

Dan Schuenke's picture

I bought the video two nights ago, watched the whole thing in one day and already picked up 3 new Real Estate clients to shoot for just by following one of Mike's tips. I have a shoot booked for next week and more to come. I'm a realtor myself, so I have a lot of connections with agents and I know what I should be doing to get more business, however I wasn't pushed to do it until I watched Mike's videos and learned how he built his business in the beginning. I purchased Scott Hargis's tutorials about a year ago and after watching those, my photography business took off with all the tips I learned from Scott. I knew nothing about lighting for interior photography before Scott's videos. I learned even more by watching Mike's technique and I'm looking forward to putting them to good use to take my photos to the next level. This is well worth the $299 whether you're just starting, or already in the business. (it's already paid for itself with the business I gained just from purchasing this 2 nights ago) Thanks for putting this together Mike, and if you're ever in Hawaii for a job, look me up!

Now I just need another 15 clients so I can get the New Canon 5DS and the Tilt Shift Lenses I've been wanting!

Just bought this, downloading now. BTW, you spell your name WRONG Mr. Kelley!!

I'm sure this will be a very beneficial course guide.

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I'm a little torn on which way to go now, if I could afford I'd get both. However after reading Mike's review on https://fstoppers.com/strobe-light/fs-reviews-scott-hargis-lighting-real... I don't know what I should go with?

Hi there, I am very interested in this tutorial but am only really interested in interiors and the associated ps files.
Would it be possible to provide any of the photoshop files for interiors as I saw a previous response saying there was only 1 exterior ps file.
I live in a tiny place in England and there would not be a call for the high end exterior stuff here unfortunately.

Robert Bockenkamp's picture

Michael has done an excellent job with the video. Beginners will fond everything useful and gain great insight while more experienced photographers will see just how Michael achieves such great results with his work in photoshop. The walk through from setup to shot to post processing has been a tremendous learning experience.
IMHO, Michael has one of the best techniques for architecture and interior design photography out there. I have long been a fan of his work and have sent countless other professionals to his website to see his work. Now I am able to tell my colleagues that they can see just HOW he obtains his final works so that they too can gain more skills.
Thanks to Michael for the time and effort that went into these videos and once again I must say you are at the top of my very short list of photographers in your line of work.

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