Real Estate and Architectural Photography

Lesson 16/17 - Contrast And Clarity In Lightroom


Real Estate and Architectural Photography


Lesson Info

Contrast And Clarity In Lightroom

And then go to light room and do some quick global adjustments like contrast and clarity. And I'll show you what I do there real quick. So that's just very simple stuff. Here's our finished file from Photoshop and all I do is to finish it, I add a little bit of warmth. I bumped the shadows just a bit, I thought it was a little too dark. Highlights were fine. A little bit of a clarity adjustment down here. You can go overboard with it very easily but I think a little bit just gives it a little extra special sauce, a little vibrance, a little saturation. And that's it, I don't really sharpen or do noise reduction, I'm always at ISO 100 f/11. I think I've sharpened an image twice in my entire life. Again, makes some people faint but when you're on a tripod with tilt-shift lenses, you don't really need to go overboard with it. And that's pretty much the finished file and I can show you again where it came from. I can just select these two and go back and forth. And that was, you know, prob...

ably two or so hours on location and then I probably spent a good 3 to 5 on that in post. So, there you have it. And that's all my, all my techniques kinda wrapped into one. You can't get it all but hopefully you understand the whole painting with light aspect of it and what it can do for your pictures.

Class Description

Photography is commonly used to sell, document, and advertise buildings, homes, and spaces – join Mike Kelley for an introduction to the fundamentals of real estate and architectural photography and how it can bolster your photography business.

This course will debunk common myths about architectural photography and share best practices for working with real estate agents, architects, interior designers, commercial clients, and editorial outlets. You’ll learn about the best approach to photographing any subject, whether you’re representing it realistically or embellishing its features. You’ll also explore lighting, staging, and infusing your unique style into your shots. Mike will also guide you step-by-step through the process of capturing an architectural image – from planning to shooting to editing to client delivery.

If you’re ready to gain a more sophisticated understanding of the architectural photography principles all the pros know, this is the course for you. Whether you want to learn more about breaking into this growing market, or add more advanced skills to you own photography, this is the course for you.


a Creativelive Student

Enjoyed this class. Took it to learn more about architectural photography because I know little to nothing about that area of photography. I feel Mike gave a solid introduction in the how-to's of getting into this business, offered some good outside sources, gave good supporting personal stories. Would have liked to lean more about balancing light color and to be referred to some outside sources on learning more about that. Overall, I feel this was a solid intro to architectural photography.