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Real Estate and Architectural Photography

with Mike Kelley

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  •   01 Class Introduction

    07:51
  •   02 Step One: Getting The Clients

    06:54
  •   03 Step Two: Convincing Clients To Hire You

    05:30

Class duration: 2h 20m

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About The Class

master the fundamentals.


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.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    07:51
  2. 02

    Step One: Getting The Clients

    06:54
  3. 03

    Step Two: Convincing Clients To Hire You

    05:30
  4. 04

    Step Three: Successfully Bidding On Jobs

    10:48
  5. 05

    Step Four When Shooting

    15:58
  6. 06

    On Shoot Day

    06:30
  7. 07

    After The Shoot

    05:05
  8. 08

    When Things Go Wrong

    06:40
  9. 09

    Portfolio Pictures

    07:11
  10. 10

    Image Composition Overview

    13:37
  11. 11

    Gear Used To Create Images

    12:36
  12. 12

    Edit Lighting In Photoshop

    10:15
  13. 13

    Clone Out Problems In Photoshop

    06:18
  14. 14

    Fix Moire Effect In Photoshop

    03:37
  15. 15

    Finishing Touches In Photoshop

    03:05
  16. 16

    Contrast And Clarity In Lightroom

    01:25
  17. 17

    Q & A

    17:37

Meet Your Expert

Mike Kelley

I'm currently a Los Angeles-based architecture and fine art photographer. I graduated from the University of Vermont with degrees in environmental science and digital art, and after graduating, I moved to the Lake Tahoe area to follow my dreams of ... read more

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  • Creativelive Student

    September 2014

    Mike Kelley is fabulous, so many aspects of his work would make for great classes! I hope Creative Live brings Mike back for many more classes. He's a great communicator with lots of info presented in his class with understandable instructions. . . not that you'll leave the class being able to recreate his amazing images! Although he is very generous in the knowledge he shares on his great techniques. Only issue was not being able to hear/view most of the class as the "live feed" kept cutting out, which was so frustrating. So, I'm purchasing the video. Hope to see Mike in more courses! Excellent!

  • Victor Zubakin

    May 2019

    Firstly this course should be renamed to just Architectural Photography. There's very little information here about shooting real estate photography. Mike Kelley is more of a fine art architecture photographer and the techniques he shows are not really relevant for real estate photography. Kelley's well-known for his blue hour shots and with these he often sets his camera up for a few hours and documents the changing light to later blend into one image. His work is very Photoshop intensive and each photo could require a few hours post-processing in PS. Real estate photography generally requires a complete house to be shot in less than an hour and delivered to the realtor in 24-48hrs. The course is more of interest to those wanting to shoot high-end architecture or interior design projects. Kelley gives some great tips on the business side - how to do marketing, attracting new clientele, how to maintain a healthy relationship with your clients, what to do when things go wrong. Kelley also discusses what gear he uses including the very useful tilt-shift lenses, geared head on his tripod for fine control, shooting tethered, and also some of the lighting he uses. The course features a photoshoot that Kelley did of a historic theatre, and he discusses the techniques he used to capture the images as well as how he processed them in Photoshop. The course was enjoyable & informative, and Mike Kelley is an engaging & fun presenter, with a laid-back style.

  • Creativelive Student

    February 2018

    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.

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