Weller Duration: 4
Weeks Cost: US$169
If you’ve ever browsed through the architectural
section of a good bookshop you will, no doubt, have been bowled
over by the variety of built structures there are in our world and
the striking photographs that have been made of them. You may have
marvelled at how sharp, precise, and beautifully executed the images
looked. How did the photographers make the buildings look so good?
How is it that the sun is always shining on them and they look so
three-dimensional? Did the photographers require half a ton of large
format equipment and a strong assistant to help carry it all?
In these lessons you’ll discover the answers. You’ll
learn how to overcome most of the technical and practical problems
in performing an architectural shoot so you’ll have more
opportunity to concentrate on the creative aspects. You’ll
also learn how to get the very best out of the gear you already
own and advice on what equipment you might consider acquiring
as you pursue your interest in architectural photography.
Drawing from his 30 years’ experience, Anthony Weller will
take you from understanding the fundamentals of architectural photography
right through to some specialised techniques. There’s also
a host of tips along the way that he’ll share with you.
- What you need in your camera bag - essentials and desirables.
- We will discuss how to prepare for your architectural shoot - practical
- Getting it straight - techniques for dealing with converging verticals.
- What does a shift lens do?
- How to produce those face-on, elevational shots much loved by architects.
- Your first considerations when you arrive at your subject building and how to make a quick recce of the site.
- Another consideration is making sure you've got the timing right on the
day for each elevation of your building.
- Composition - the theory - know the rules first and then learn when to break
- Composition - field techniques - choosing the right lens; making shadows
work; using foreground interest or a frame within the frame to get depth; employing
perspective tricks to guide the viewer into the picture.
- Shooting interiors - choice of lens; when to use supplementary lighting;
get the colour balance right; special composition techniques for interiors.
- Night photography - knowing which buildings will make dramatic night shots
and how you can often make a dull building look spectacular by shooting at
- In this lesson, we will discuss optimising your images - find out how to
get the very best from your equipment using both field and computer techniques.
- Dealing with high brightness range images.
- We will also talk about how to enhance the skies in your images.
- Learn how to select and shoot striking architectural details and make eye-catching
This course is open to any photographer who wishes to learn more
about the practical, technical, and aesthetic techniques required
to photograph buildings. Students should have a working knowledge
of aperture and shutter speed, and be familiar with their equipment.
Instructor: Anthony Weller
From the day Anthony brought home his first
SLR camera at the age of 15, he was hooked, and today he is
an award-winning photographer in great demand. He has spent
his whole working life in architectural photography after graduating
in photography from college in London. He travelled extensively
throughout the UK and Europe during his 20 years as staff photographer
on Britain’s premier weekly construction magazine, and
set up his own architectural photography business – Archimage
Ltd – in 1990. He now shoots commissions for a wide range
of clients in the architectural, construction, and design industries,
providing pictures for advertising and editorial use, annual
reports, and brochures. Anthony also supplies images to specialist
architectural photo libraries, as well as stock libraries Getty
and Alamy. As one looks at Anthony’s photography, it
is clearly evident that he has a true passion for his subjects
and the ability to capture the beauty of any design. You can
view a selection of his pictures at www.archimage.co.uk.