Architectural Photography: From Rendering to Reality
When an architect envisions a project and later commissions a rendering of it, he/she wants to bring that dream to life. Later, when the project is actually built and becomes reality, these renderings provide clues for the architectural photographer.
As part of the planning process for an architecture photo shoot, we interview major stakeholders such as the architect, interior designer, and the project manager to find out what shots will best tell the story. Renderings created before the project was shot as well as grab shots taken during or just after construction often give us helpful clues.
Photo taken by project manager
Although I know we can create better images, both technically and creatively, I am more than willing to take clues and direction from others. We reviewed the rendering and the shot taken by the project manager and did our best to copy and improve upon it. Of course, there's always a bit of luck involved. Fortunately, kids arrived just in time for us to shoot the architectural exterior photo below.
Interior renderings sometimes include elements and details the architect envisioned but never came to reality due to budget constraints or other issues. Below, is an architectural rendering of the school's common area.
When the project was actually built, the school's logo was eliminated from the soffit area. The interior design of the space also resulted in a different treatment to the wall near the rest room entrances. In order to create a better architecture photo, we changed positions slightly.
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