As an Architectural Photographer it is imperative that you not only have a high-end camera, but you also need high resolution. I am shooting high-end jobs for Architects and Interior Designers, Hotel & Resort Owners & Commercial Business Advertisement. They are using the images for their portfolios, for the Architectural Award submissions and to advertise their Business or Resort and they not only want high resolution images, but that’s what they are paying for. There are many Architectural Photographers out there using Medium Format Cameras, because of the high resolution and the detail that these cameras provide. These cameras also come with a very high price tag as well. Most Architectural Photographers are using Full Frame Cameras, like the Sony A7riii 42 Mega Pixel, Canon 5D Mark iv 30 Mega Pixel or the Nikon D850 47 Mega Pixel. Sony has now released the Sony A7riv 61 Mega Pixel with the new Exmor R CMOS sensor, which has incomparable high resolution. This camera does have a hefty price tag $3499, but still a lower price tag from the Medium Format Cameras, and Sony will boast that this new sensor at 61 Mega Pixels will provide higher resolution than some of the Medium Format Cameras. This has become Gary Harris Images camera of choice over the Sony A7riii. I absolutely love this camera and the resolution and detail is stunning. I not only use this camera for Architectural Photography, I’m also using for my Landscapes and Macro Flowers & Plant Photography. By using this camera for my Fine Art Products, it allows me to print large with amazing detail. If you’re looking to upgrade your camera to a higher resolution, you should take a look at the Sony A7riv.
As an Architectural Photographer, I am always trying to create neat and cool looking images that best highlight the architecture. This may not necessarily highlight the architecture or be the best image I created today, but I think it was one of the coolest. I wanted to highlight the sink, faucet and countertop. I thought a one point perspective would make this a better image than the two point perspective angled shot. The plant was already setting next to the sink, so I added the little balls in front of the plant to give the image a little more impact. I think it is a very simple, clean image, that tells the exact story I was trying to tell. This was from a home I photographed in Wilton, IA, for a client in Muscatine, IA.
When I go on an Architectural Photography assignment, I find out what the client wants and then design the images to fit their needs. I have an artistic approach when designing the images (Like Mike Kelley says, “Where Art Meets Architecture”, but it is also important to make sure that the images will fit the needs of the client. In this case of the Living Room, the client wanted 4 main things. #1 They wanted to show the overall size of the space. #2 They wanted to show that the large picture windows lit the space with beautiful natural light. #3 The wanted to highlight the fireplace. #4 And they wanted to show how open the space was. This was a gorgeous Living Room and this was also the same level as the front entrance, with stairs leading up to the Kitchen and Dining area, as well the other rooms in the home and stairs leading down to the Family Room and Rec Room. I did not show this in this series of images. This was shown with a different set of images. I just mentioned this, because the Living Room opens up into the Kitchen and Dining Area and this was something I highlighted in the third image. I designed the first image to show the over space of the Living Room and how the beautiful natural light illuminated the entire space. That is why this home was shot at this time of day. I designed the second image to highlight the fireplace and the third image to show that the Living Room was the lower level and that you could see up into the Dining and Kitchen area. As well lit as this room was, I did hit these images with a little flash. I did not use flash to actually light the room, but to make sure that the colors were correct, to sharpen up the images a little and bring you the beautiful view from outside. With that said, I end up having multiple images that I will blend together in Photoshop. I am not going to go into detail about photo editing, that will be for another blog. Remember, when shooting spaces like these, the angles, the height of the camera, and the composition all have a factor in the overall look of the image. When it’s all said and done, These are the 3 final edited images I delivered to the client. 3 very clean, natural looking well lit images.