July 9th, 2012
I believe it’s important for real estate photographers to understand the difference between real estate photography and architectural photography. The difference is who you work for which in turn drives the level of quality and attention to detail that’s required. I reserve the term architectural photography for the work photographers do for architects and designers who have been trained extensively in the visual arts and demand high quality. There’s a natural progression from real estate photography (where you are working for agents that have no training in the visual arts) to architectural photography and as you become more accomplished and you shoot more upper-end homes you are more likely to get opportunities to shoot for architects and designers. From what I’ve seen many photographers shoot both upper-end real estate and for architects and designers and get more and more architectural work as they gain a reputation in that market.
Mike’s most recent post, Eleven Beautiful Architectural Photographs And How They Were Made, features a eight photographers that long time members in the PFRE flickr group will all recognize. Over the last 5 years many of the photographers featured in this article have been major contributors to the PFRE flickr group and several are on the PFRE photographer of the month jury. This article illustrates the variety of approaches different photographers take to producing high quality work. It’s all about keeping at raising the level of your work and gaining a reputation in the upper-end markets.
There are a couple more of Mike’s posts that real estate shooters will want to check out:
- The Anatomy of a Luxury Interior Shot which walks you through the setup and behind the scenes thinking that goes into a great interior photo.
- Taking Your Interior and Architectural Photography to the Next Level which Mike shows you how to create dramatic, interesting, and dynamic images of spaces.
Thanks Mike for all the great articles!