More than a trend, core to architectural photography recently, is the idea of using human subjects in images. Classic architectural photography is typically void of people creating a sense of freezing the project in time.
- Adds a human scale
- Illustrates how a project is used
- Adds drama and emotion
- Compromises the overall quality of the image because faster shutter speeds are required along with a more shallow Depth of Field and a higher ISO.
- Adds a level of complexity to the shoot because there's more people involved.
- Takes more time to get the right shot.
The image below looks clean and simple but was a logistical and technical challenge. It's important to explain to everyone involved in a photo like this what you're trying to accomplish. And, that means everyone, including the two women in the background conference room, the young men in the left meeting room, as well as the young man seated to the left side of the image. Once done, several test shots had to be taken to make sure everyone was in the right spot. Finally, numerous exposures were taken for HDR (High Dynamic Range) and later merged in post processing. This also involved custom editing each person in the photo to eliminate ghosting caused by small movements from one exposure to the next.
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