Mike Kelley's Where Art Meets Architecture 2

How To Photograph Luxury Homes and Advanced Photoshop Techniques

Fstoppers has teamed up again with architectural photographer Mike Kelley to produce a second installment of Mike's highly acclaimed educational series on real estate and interior photography.  In this new photography tutorial, Where Art Meets Architecture II:  How to Photograph Luxury Homes and Advanced Photoshop Techniques, Mike focuses on creating images used by architects, interior designers, and high end builders.  The goal for this new educational tutorial is to teach you how you can step up your photography game, produce images that are ready for publication in high end architectural and interior magazines, and gain the attention of high paying clients in the design and architectural market.  

The Locations

For this tutorial Mike wanted to not only photograph unique homes to show the different styles in architecture and design, but he also wanted to explore properties that were set in both urban and scenic locations. Throughout this 13 hour tutorial, you will see how Mike uses his techniques to photograph homes in Beverly Hills and Venice Beach, Los Angeles as well as the exotic and beautiful lava fields and beach side cliffs of the Big Island of Hawaii.  From bright and airy homes to post modern vacation getaways, this tutorial explores multiple genres of architecture and design so you can see how Mike tackles common problems he faces in a variety of locations.  

Learn On Location Shooting Tricks and Techniques

Each of the 21 lessons included in this tutorial feature Mike working through real world problems on location. Whether it is lighting dark interior furniture, controlling hot spots caused by the sun, finding a solid composition in a narrow bathroom, or dealing with challenging weather at sunrise, each lesson sheds light on the exact steps Mike uses on a regular basis to produce his signature look. From light painting and bracketing to tilt shift stitching and incorporating the "human element," each architectural location produces a unique backdrop to learn how Mike tackles this exciting genre of photography.

Follow Along in Photoshop

If you are the type of person who learns best with hands on training, you are going to be excited to hear that we have included all the photos needed to follow along with Mike on every lesson. After you learn exactly how Mike photographs each home on-location, the instruction continues in the post production studio. Through extensive frame blending and photo manipulation, Mike Kelley walks you through every step he takes to turn a mediocre photo into an incredibly polished image ready for publication. Since you have all the same files as Mike, you can create your own stack of images in Photoshop and follow along, step by step, perfecting your own post production skills.  Whether it is complex cloning, fixing strange color casts, changing textures with frequency separation, replacing skies with luminosity masks, or understanding different blending modes, this tutorial is packed with some of the most complex Photoshop techniques Mike has ever shared.  

Below are a few examples of some of the before and after images taught in this tutorial:

Digital Download Delivery

Like all of the photography tutorials in the Fstoppers Store, Where Art Meets Architecture II is a digital download. This means that the second you make your purchase, you will receive links in an email to instantly begin downloading each file from this tutorial. Each file is unlocked and ready to be synced to your favorite device so if you enjoy watching these tutorials on your laptop, phone, mobile tablet, desktop computer or HD television, you can seamlessly stream this tutorial anywhere, anytime.  

Some Things Mike Covers In This Tutorial:

  • Finding the Best Composition in a Room
  • Understanding 1 and 2 Point Compositions
  • Taking Advantage of a Tilt Shift Lens
  • Light Painting with Strobes and Hot Lights
  • Staging Furniture and Improving Design Details
  • How to Create Mood and Emotion in a Space
  • 6 Unique Sky Replacement Techniques
  • Mike's Latest Gear Guide and Equipment List
  • Stitching Wide View Twilights
  • Adding the "Human Element" to Spaces
  • Working with Scrims, Flare, and Subtractive Lighting
  • Using the Sun to Create Geometric Shapes in Architecture
  • Shooting at Sunrise, Mid Day, and Twilight

Bonus: 8 Behind The Scenes Episodes

In typical Fstoppers fashion, our behind the scenes cameras continued to roll after each photography lesson had wrapped up. All of this footage that never made the actual tutorial has been edited down into a full 8 episode behind the scenes series.  Follow Mike Kelley and the entire Fstoppers team in this hilarious documentary that showcases everything that went into planning and producing of Where Art Meets Architecture II.  

What's Included in This Download:

  • 13 Hours of content in 32 videos (22GB total, 1080p 23.98fps h.264 mp4 files) 
  • Complete overview of Mike's gear, lighting, and grip equipment
  • 23 Photo Lessons with all images needed for editing
  • Bonus Intro to Photoshop Lesson for Mike's Workflow
  • Access to a new secret facebook group for further learning
  • 8 Brand new behind the scenes episodes of the Making Of
  • Unlimited digital download renewals

*All refunds are outlined in our terms of service.

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Two Additional Tutorials!  

This tutorial is part 2 of a 3 part series Fstoppers has made with Mike Kelley. It is MUCH more advanced than Where Art Meets Architecture 1. 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 1 Here.

View the sales page for WAMA 3 Here.

*No refunds allowed for bundle purchases.

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Two thumbs up, five stars, whatever the highest rating I can give Mike's tutorials, that's what I'm giving them. I've learned more from WAMA and the FB group than any other single method by far! Mike relays the information in such a down to earth way that makes the concepts he's explaining, very easy to understand and put into practice.

Tim Barber's picture

So awesome! I can honestly say that MOST of what I learned to get me started in architectural photography I learned from Mike & WAMA1 - and have made tens of thousands of dollars in the meantime. I have a feeling this is going to help address some of the more difficult challenges I've encountered along the way. Definitely going to buy this one (and probably anything he ever makes in the future) Thanks Mike & Team!

Jim Wilson's picture

I have been shooting architecture for over thirty years and it has steadily garnered me a mid six figure income. I bought Mike's first tutorial and I'll buy this one, simply because if you learn one thing the investment is inconsequential. I can tell you that after three decades of shooting high end projects with the best equipment available, I learned a dozen things from series I, and expect no less from Mike's latest. If one is serious about the craft, you really can't afford not to buy Mike's wonderful seminars.

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Christopher O's picture

Just a comment... 4 out of 5 examples show a twilight exterior shot with 1 interior bathroom shot. Is this tutorial series 80% exteriors? I'm an "interior photographer" and exteriors are 5% of my business. Is there a more comprehensive list of the images created in this tutorial?

Patrick Hall's picture

I'd say it is about half and half. I just quickly added up 12 interior photos out of the 23 lessons. Some of the camera positions for a few images are half inside and half outside so I don't know what you'd consider those really. All in all, Mike does a great job teaching a lot of photoshop techniques that can be used inside and out while explaining shooting challenges that can also be used in both situations.

I think Mike is a great teacher and his techniques are so simple and effective. I would definitely recommend it for anyone seriously considering high end real estate photography. For those who purchased the previous series, the techniques are essentially the same - taking multiple exposures, stacking them in photoshop and then using masks to add or subtract the light. In this series there is more emphasis on showcasing the architecture and creating mood as all the homes are amazing. I wouldn't worry about the advanced label, everything is explained really well so don't feel intimidated.

Sound investment, and great expansion upon the original tutorial! Mike delves into every aspect of his process, step by step in great detail. Thanks to the team for putting this little gem together! Learnt a heap :)

Outstanding follow up to the first course by Mike. This is worth every penny. Plus, Fstoppers promises you will be satisfied or they will refund your money. I have taken them up on that for a different course and my money was refunded promptly. You truly have nothing to lose, buy it, be impressed but if you're not Fstoppers keeps their word and allows you to return the course. This company is great.

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I cannot overstate the value of this tutorial. In each lesson Mike delves deeply into composition, art, and the purpose of each shot. As you work your way through the tutorial you're exposed to more advanced techniques which are always introduced in an easy-to-understand way.

Technical skills aside, part of the enjoyment of the course is seeing Mike progress as an artist from the first tutorial to the second. He emphasizes art and encourages his students to capture the mood of a place as it was designed. Sometimes that means adding light, other times it means removing it. I think anyone who completes the numerous lessons in this tutorial will come out on the other side with a comprehensive set of tools not only to compose and create wonderful images but also easily arrange and assemble them in Photoshop.

The value of the lessons speak for themselves, but, as others have mentioned, the Facebook group is an incredible value to those who purchase the tutorial. Mike and other members of the group (some of whom are amazing photographers in their own right) provide lots of feedback and critiques to images people create and are always there to answer questions. Fstoppers and Mike have truly created a community around creating amazing images and running successful architectural photography businesses. Bravo!

Very happy with this series. The processing tutorials are worth the $300 by themselves. You'll re-watch these dozens of times.

Irving Harris's picture

The second in the series that I have purchased. Well worth the investment. This video is more on the delicate nature of conceiving the shot and executing it. When to use light and when not to. If you are new to Mike Kelley I would suggest purchasing both tutorials. You will see how Mikes technique and eye for composition has evolved over time. Comp is what I struggle with so I was glad to see emphasis on just that. I use information from both of these tutorials most every day. I primarily shoot RE work and typically need to blow through a 6000 sqft home in 2-3 hours, including video. lol So a tool such as these tutorials make me more efficient and more profitable. And as a side note, the production quality is top notch. A great deal of effort has gone into creating these tutorials. Pretty sharp folks! (except for the bonehead who thought renting a Mustang and heading to race track was a good idea. I'll blame it on lack of sleep.)

Fantastic. I'm an architect turned architectural photographer and have found any resources outside of working directly with seasoned photographer lacking in practical knowledge. Mike not only provides some great tips on his process in the field, but has a great working knowledge of Photoshop and how it can be best used for working with architectural images. I was hesitant at first to spend the $300 for this package, but decided that if I pick up even one tip that I don't currently have in my tool kit, it would pay for itself times ten. The tutorials exceeded my expectations and I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking to expand their workflow. On top of it all, it's just great to see someone else work through the things that we have to overcome during and after photoshoots. Great work to Mike and the Fstoppers crew!

Every. Thumb. Up. This blows the first (amazing) batch of lessons out of the water. Mike has upped his game tremendously in terms of communicating his ideas, expressing emphasis on important points, and of course making great pictures—and he shares ALL of it. From tripod height to composing with and without tilt-shift lenses to off camera lighting and completely life-changing post-processing techniques, anyone who is serious about improving their career as a professional photographer can now get the most serious-er.

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Incredible tutorial series!! If you're working in this space and want to elevate your game to the next level, I can't recommend this highly enough. Access to the Facebook group is worth the price of admission by itself in my opinion. Having direct access to Mike, Lee and Patrick has already been extremely valuable and is really something you can't put a price on.

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