Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP: Blog https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog en-us Richard Ellis 2010 - 2021 richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) Wed, 13 Oct 2021 14:53:00 GMT Wed, 13 Oct 2021 14:53:00 GMT https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/img/s/v-12/u394919319-o825656507-50.jpg Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP: Blog https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog 120 93 Window and glazing architectural product shoot https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2021/10/window-and-glazing-architectural-product-shoot The shoot was for Polish Interior https://polishinterior.com/ who supply windows, doors and other glazing products. These items were in a showroom, and needed to be photographed from often tight angles.

The brief included both whole products and individual components. 

Lighting was a mixture of ambient and bounce flash. Avoiding intrusive reflections was one of the particular challenges of this project.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2021/10/window-and-glazing-architectural-product-shoot Wed, 13 Oct 2021 14:37:15 GMT
Building product photography part 2 https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2021/10/building-product-photography-part-2

These images were from a recent shoot for Silva Timber https://www.silvatimber.co.uk/
used as marketing images for their website. The site was the Audley Retirement Village in Hampshire. The product shown here is the black cladding on Phase 2 of the development; Phase 1 was in the previous blog post.

Technically, there were two principal considerations.

Firstly, it was necessary to make the best use of solar angles. The timing of the shoot was critical, in that each elevation had to be correctly lit to bring out the best of the material's texture and avoid harsh backlighting.

Secondly, because of the bright sunlight, there was a high degree of contrast, and shadow areas in particular required some work in post-production. Because of the need to reduce the harsher shadows, I also had to be careful not to make the product appear too light, otherwise it would be easily confused with the grey cladding from Phase 1.

The camera used was a Canon 5DS-R. This has a 50MP sensor, and also does not have a low-pass filter, and so the images are very sharp compared to other full frame cameras. The sensor also has a very wide dynamic range, which facilitates dealing with contrast in post-production by reducing the need for layering bracketed images.

Three lenses were used. The Canon TS-E17 shift lens gives on-camera perspective control for wide angle images. Paired with a 1.4x converter, it also works as a 24mm equivalent lens. The Canon 24-105mm lens was used for some detail shots, and the Sigma 12-24mm lens enabled me to capture some long elevations where the only unimpeded viewpoints were close up.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2021/10/building-product-photography-part-2 Wed, 06 Oct 2021 19:30:47 GMT
Building product photography https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2021/9/building-product-photography These images were from a recent shoot for Silva Timber https://www.silvatimber.co.uk/
used as marketing images for their website. The site was the Audley Retirement Village in Hampshire. The product shown here is the grey cladding on Phase 1 of the development; Phase 2 will be shown in a separate post.

Technically, there were two principal considerations.

Firstly, it was necessary to make the best use of solar angles. The timing of the shoot was critical, in that each elevation had to be correctly lit to bring out the best of the material's texture and avoid harsh backlighting.

Secondly, because of the bright sunlight, there was a high degree of contrast, and shadow areas in particular required some work in post-production.

The camera used was a Canon 5DS-R. This has a 50MP sensor, and also does not have a low-pass filter, and so the images are very sharp compared to other full frame cameras. The sensor also has a very wide dynamic range, which facilitates dealing with contrast in post-production by reducing the need for layering bracketed images.

Three lenses were used. The Canon TS-E17 shift lens gives on-camera perspective control for wide angle images. Paired with a 1.4x converter, it also works as a 24mm equivalent lens. The Canon 24-105mm lens was used for some detail shots, and the Sigma 12-24mm lens enabled me to capture some long elevations where the only unimpeded viewpoints were close up.

 

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural architecture building photography product Silva https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2021/9/building-product-photography Sun, 26 Sep 2021 10:53:35 GMT
Eclipse https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2021/6/eclipse Well, the clouds parted for a few seconds now and then.

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Drone images of Sutton Park https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2021/2/drone-images-of-sutton-park These photos were taken late afternoon recently, in freezing weather with snow on the ground and ice on Bracebridge Pool, Sutton Park.

The aircraft is a DJI Phantom 3 Pro. Images have been enhanced in Photoshop. 

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) birmingham drone licence midlands pfco photography https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2021/2/drone-images-of-sutton-park Tue, 23 Feb 2021 16:48:47 GMT
Interior Photography for Body Shop, Bullring, Birmingham https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2020/12/interior-photography-for-body-shop-bullring-birmingham I was recently commissioned to photograph the interior of a newly fitted out branch of the Body Shop in Birmingham. The brief was to get images of the shop as a whole and several critical details. In particular, these were showing the use of recycled materials, for example on the counter and some of the displays.  

Technically, the main challenge was the lighting. Throughout the store, it was very contrasty, and much brighter at the top than at the bottom, necessitating considerable adjustments in post-processing. Some of the contrast was alleviated by the use of fill-in flash. But this had to be used sparingly, as the ambient lighting was much warmer than the flash. Due to the warmth of the light, I set the white balance to 3900K, although this needed to be cooled a bit further in Photoshop Raw.

It was difficult to use a tripod outside the store, so these images are handheld, using 1600 ISO. Fortunately, the Canon 5DS-R sensor shows very little noise at this rating.

Most photos are taken with the Canon TS-E 17 shift lens.

 

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural architecture birmingham interior marketing photography refurbishment shopfitting https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2020/12/interior-photography-for-body-shop-bullring-birmingham Tue, 22 Dec 2020 17:46:01 GMT
Dusk photography https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2020/12/dusk-photography Two more images from the shoot at Worcester Royal Hospital for Pinnegar Hayward Design.

These are taken at dusk (the coveted 'blue hour'), with interior lights showing through.

The bridge photo is consists of several layers. The first layer was taken just after sunset, with the sky still fairly bright. This was in anticipation of bright exterior lights coming on later - these can be quite intrusive - with the intention of using selections as a layer to cover or modify them. The next layer was a general image, with the light balance more or less as I wanted it. This required some minor changes in Photoshop, but nothing too time-consuming. The remaining layers were three long exposure images of car and bus headlights, with the areas of light selected and placed onto the base image in Photoshop.

The camera was a Canon 5DS-R, with a Canon 24-105 at minimum focal length. Some lens and geometric correction was needed. 

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The photograph of the front of the building was a slightly simpler matter. The camera was paired with a Canon TS-E17 shift lens so no perspective correction was needed. The viewpoint was behind and slightly above a hedge, which disguised some incomplete groundworks from the foreground. This time, only two exposures were needed - one general, and one shorter (i.e. less exposure) for the interior lights. On a different image, I used colour balancing in a selected area to minimise the yellow effect of the street lighting, but in this case I opted to retain it and treat it as a feature.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural architecture blue dusk hour midlands perspective photography https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2020/12/dusk-photography Sun, 06 Dec 2020 14:31:34 GMT
Photography of hospital buildings https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2020/12/photography-of-hospital-buildings Some images from a recent shoot for Pinnegar Hayward Design, of the Aconbury East building in Worcester Royal Hospital, and the link bridge to the main hospital building.

There were several challenges with this site. Being winter, the sun was low throughout the day, meaning that parts of the building were in shadow. The orientation meant that the principal (north-east facing) elevation was only sunlit for a very brief period, so timing was critical. Some building debris and temporary barriers needed to be removed in post-processing as well. Photographing from the car park was quite hazardous, so it was necessary to place the tripod very carefully where vehicles were not likely to hit it! Because of the cars in the foreground, some shots were taken from a step ladder. Bright highlights required bracketed exposures, with darker layers superimposed in Photoshop. The high contrasts also meant the shadows were very dense, particularly in comparison with the white rendering of the building, and these also required some work in processing.

The camera used here was a Canon 5DS-R, which is unique in that it does not have a low pass filter, meaning that architectural detail is rendered sharply.

The majority of images are taken through a Canon TS-E17mm ultra-wide shift lens, with additional images using a Canon 24-105 and Sigma 12-24, with geometric corrections in Photoshop.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural architecture midlands perspective photography https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2020/12/photography-of-hospital-buildings Wed, 02 Dec 2020 21:52:58 GMT
Drone photography of St Anne's Church, Moseley, Birmingham https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2020/11/drone-photography-of-st-annes-church-moseley-birmingham These images of St Anne's Church in Moseley were taken in autumnal sunlight from my DJI Phantom 3 Professional drone. Each RAW photo was geometrically corrected and cropped in Photoshop, and was enhanced through varying contrast and saturation.

Some areas were also modified in terms of brightness and shadow. Notably on all three images, the lower right hand side was lightened and shadows reduced - this kind of balancing is often necessary on wide angle images where the sun is coming from one side, causing the shadow density to vary from left to right. The stonework of the church steeple is very light, so the highlights of this were also reduced in post processing.

The launch point for this flight was the nearby St Mary's churchyard. This enabled me to start the flight at a legal distance (30m) from people, vehicles and structures. The flight itself was mainly kept at a height of 60-70m above ground level, so that a distance of 50m could be maintained. The viewpoints for the photos are just under 500m from the launch point, which is the legal maximum under standard Permission for Commercial Operations regulations.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) aerial architectural architecture birmingham drone midlands photography https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2020/11/drone-photography-of-st-annes-church-moseley-birmingham Sun, 08 Nov 2020 11:24:47 GMT
AirBNB photography https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2020/11/airbnb-photography A few images from a recent shoot of an AirBNB property in Wolverhampton.

These interiors were photographed with a Canon 5DS-R coupled with a Canon TS-E17mm shift lens. Lighting was a combination of ambient light and off-camera bounce flash.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) airbnb architectural architecture birmingham estate interior perspective photography real https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2020/11/airbnb-photography Mon, 02 Nov 2020 09:34:46 GMT
Landscape Visual Impact Assessment Photography https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2020/9/landscape-visual-impact-assessment-photography Some of the processes of architectural photography are more technical than artistic, particularly with the use of accurate perspective and the use of shift lenses. This means that there is a substantial overlap of skills with the lesser-known discipline of landscape visual impact photography.

The purpose of this is to enable planners, architects and landscape designers to determine exactly how proposed buildings and other structures (e.g. solar panel farms) impact on their surroundings. This is achieved by the photographer producing images which are verified to be level, of a particular focal length, undistorted, and in some cases shifted upwards to accommodate higher building lines. 

This video provides a quick summary of the way I approached a hypothetical project (as my recent work remains confidential). The site is in Digbeth, Birmingham, and is currently a car park. There are several views of significant landmarks nearby which would be affected by any proposed development.

The video includes methods of marking and recording viewpoints, and some of the equipment necessary.


 

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural assessment impact landscape lvia visual https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2020/9/landscape-visual-impact-assessment-photography Wed, 09 Sep 2020 14:18:36 GMT
Photoshop mischief https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2020/4/photoshop-mischief Lockdown boredom project. Mostly done with the clone tool and a few selections as extra layers. Hope to be back soon with some more regular material!


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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2020/4/photoshop-mischief Wed, 01 Apr 2020 10:15:42 GMT
Elgar Unit, Worcester Royal Hospital https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2019/12/elgar-unit-worcester-royal-hospital A recent shoot for Pinnegar Hayward Design. These images are of the newly refurbished crisis centre of Worcester Royal Hospital.

December is the worst month of the year for architectural photography, because the opportunities for getting sunlight on the facades of buildings are very limited. Here, the main elevation was north-east facing, so on the day, in spite of the forecast, the early morning mist did not lift until the sun had moved away completely. So I had to enliven the dull lighting by increases of contrast and saturation, and have the skies as a separate layer - they are as photographed on the day, but would have been washed out completely if taken as a single exposure.

The camera used, as in most of my work these days, is the Canon 5DS-R, which has no low pass filter, thereby enabling higher detail definition than most sensors. The lenses are a combination of the Canon TS-E17 (ultrawide shift lens) and Canon 24-105.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural architecture midlands photography worcester https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2019/12/elgar-unit-worcester-royal-hospital Wed, 18 Dec 2019 16:51:47 GMT
Drone Footage of Moseley, Birmingham https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2019/11/drone-footage-of-moseley-birmingham Taken shortly after I obtained my Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO) from the CAA, this video shows Moseley, Birmingham from a height of typically 110m. The PfCO allows me to fly within 50m of buildings and people, or to have them within 30m of the launch site - in this case, St Mary's churchyard. I had permission from the Vicar to launch next to the building, which also allowed me to take some close up shots of the church roof for inspection purposes.

My drone is a DJI Phantom 3 Professional, which allows HD video and RAW stills. As with most such cameras, being wide angle, there is some lens distortion. This was corrected in post-production, using Hitfilm Express software (one of several which I am currently evaluating).

The full video is on Youtube, here: 

 

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) aerial architectural architecture autumn birmingham drone estate flypast flythrough midlands photography real https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2019/11/drone-footage-of-moseley-birmingham Thu, 14 Nov 2019 12:58:47 GMT
Drone photography of church interior https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2019/11/drone-photography-of-church-interior To fly my drone (DJI Phantom 3 Professional) indoors, it is necessary to use it in 'Atti' mode, which means that it is not using GPS, and so cannot steady itself or hover in one place. Therefore the pilot has to be constantly controlling the aircraft, otherwise it will drift into the horizontal or vertical surfaces of the building. In confined spaces such as this, the downwash from the rotors generates its own local currents, which the pilot has to counteract.

So it was something of a challenge to be able to position the drone to take geometrically centred and symmetrical shots of this interior (St Mary's, Moseley, Birmingham), whilst avoiding collisions! 

The three images shown here are a progression from the nave to the chancel.

All the photos in this shoot were saved as both jpeg and RAW files - the latter can be corrected for lens geometry in Photoshop, which can work directly with the DJI lens data. The exposure latitude in the RAW files was especially useful here, given the highly contrasting light levels from various sources. As the aircraft was unstable, it was impossible to bracket images, or to switch to HDR mode during the flight.

I have Permission for Commercial Operations from the Civil Aviation Authority, and am fully insured.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) aerial architectural architecture church drone interior midlands photography https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2019/11/drone-photography-of-church-interior Tue, 05 Nov 2019 12:15:25 GMT
Drone Photography of Sutton Park, Birmingham https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2019/10/drone-photography-of-sutton-park-birmingham EDIT... paperwork is completed, and now I have Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO) from the CAA,

Hot news! I have recently completed my drone training and am just waiting for the paperwork to come through from the CAA which will allow me to operate commercially. 

For now, I am contenting myself with aerial landscape photos. These two are of Bracebridge Park, Sutton Coldfield.

The drone is a DJI Phantom 3 Professional, which allows me to take high resolution RAW images, as well as video. Both photos were taken 120m above ground level, near the maximum permitted.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) aerial birmingham drone midlands photography https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2019/10/drone-photography-of-sutton-park-birmingham Wed, 23 Oct 2019 20:07:17 GMT
Product training and installation photography https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2019/10/product-training-and-installation-photography This is the second set of images from my recent shoot for BMI Group.

Having photographed products in the warehouse under studio lights, I then took further images of them being installed, for training and marketing purposes.

All shots were taken with the Canon 5DS-R and EF24-105 lens. For some shots, I used some on-camera infill flash.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural architecture block building membrane midlands photography product https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2019/10/product-training-and-installation-photography Fri, 18 Oct 2019 16:18:41 GMT
Product shoot https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2019/10/product-shoot Images of products, shot on location at Besblock, Telford, for BMI Group.

The products include blocks, spacers, membranes, ties and floor/joist systems.

I will shortly put another blog post up showing site installations of some of these materials.

The product shots were lit by two continuous lights with diffusers, against a white backdrop, in the warehouse on site. One of the lights was on a boom arm, to give overhead illumination. The light balance was set to 5500K, to match the bulbs and ensure colour accuracy.

In post-production, the product was isolated as a separate layer. Then the background was brightened so that only a hint of a shadow was present, so as not to draw attention away from the product.

So that the client could see what was happening with each image, this was a 'tethered' shoot, i.e. with the camera linked to (and controlled from) a laptop. This was also useful in checking fine focus details.

All photos taken using Canon 5DS-R, paired with Canon EF24-105 lens.

 

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural architecture besblock bmi group midlands monarfloor photography https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2019/10/product-shoot Fri, 18 Oct 2019 15:56:17 GMT
Habberley school campus photos https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2019/9/habberley-school-campus-photos Photography of Habberley school campus in Worcestershire, for Jacobs architects. These images were taken on a Canon 6d, with a TSE17mm tilt shift lens - ideal for architecture and interior photography because its perspective correction facilitates composition on camera.

All photos use only ambient light, with different exposure layers combined in Photoshop.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architecture interior midlands photography https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2019/9/habberley-school-campus-photos Thu, 19 Sep 2019 12:09:56 GMT
AirBNB https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2019/9/airbnb Occasionally I photograph properties for AirBNB. I thought this one might be worth showing because the images demonstrate that it's possible to make even the smallest of rooms look spacious.  This is a one bed flat in a block in Birmingham. The host's feedback was nice as well! 

There's a full set of the images on the AirBNB site here

Most of the photos are taken with a Sigma 12-24mm lens at 17mm on a Canon 5DS-R body.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural architecture birmingham interior midlands photography https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2019/9/airbnb Mon, 09 Sep 2019 12:23:05 GMT
Competition Win! https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2019/7/competition-win I'm pleased to announce that this image, originally commissioned by Silva Timber as a product shoot, is the Midlands regional winner of the 'Architecture and Industry' category of the British Institute of Professional Photography annual print competition.

There's a saying among photographers, that you shoot 'Ten for the dough, and two for the show'. In this case, I had already finished the commercial work, which was about the cladding of the building. But I had seen the potential of this particular building for a 'hero shot' at dusk - all the lights were working, there was very little clutter (the house was as yet unoccupied) and the form of the architecture lent itself to a clean but interesting composition.

The 'blue hour' is prized among architectural photographers, and in this case I had plenty of time to line up exactly the shot I wanted. 

Several bracketed exposures gave me the appropriate light levels for each part of the image - sky, ground, building surfaces, interior (general and highlights. All the exposures were done manually, in live view. The Canon TS-E17 (ultrawide shift) lens was set at f/13. And the camera was a Canon 5DS-R - set at ISO 400.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural architecture blue dusk hour photography product https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2019/7/competition-win Fri, 05 Jul 2019 11:34:21 GMT
New warehouse photography https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2019/5/new-warehouse-photography I was commissioned by architects Pinnegar Hayward Design to produce a set of images of a recently completed warehouse and office building for Allsee Technologies. The company had outgrown its premises in Bartley Green, Birmingham, and had a new building erected on an adjacent site.

The first rule of photographing exteriors is that the relevant elevations should be sunlit. In this case, the principal elevation is east facing, so a morning shoot was required. Being present for the whole morning meant that I could try different light angles on both the whole facade and some of the details.

Sunlight is, however, a disadvantage when photographing interiors, as sunlight within the building causes contrasts in which the eye can see a range of tones, but the camera sensor cannot. There are two solutions to this. Firstly, several different exposures can be taken, for general, highlight, and shadow light levels - these can be blended in Photoshop later. I prefer to do this manually rather than automatically, as this means I can use my judgement to give a seamless appearance to the finished result. Secondly, bounce flash can be used to fill all the shadow areas, which can eliminate the need for using multiple layers. For some images, it's best to use a combination of these processes.

All the photos were taken using a Canon 5DS-R body. The majority of the images use the Canon TS-E17mm shift lens, which is ideal for architectural subjects, particularly where space is tight or elevations are wide or there is little room to stand back. Otherwise, for the single long elevation, I used the Sigma 12-24mm at the shortest focal length; the lens requires a lot of attention in post-processing, but is the only one I have which can accommodate the full east elevation in this case. Detail images were taken with the Canon 24-105mm.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2019/5/new-warehouse-photography Fri, 24 May 2019 14:19:19 GMT
Low Level Aerial Photography https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2019/5/low-level-aerial-photography Shoot for Velux rooflights, of Trumpington Community College, Cambridge.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2019/5/low-level-aerial-photography Thu, 16 May 2019 11:42:37 GMT
Property interiors https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2019/4/property-interiors This set of images is from a recent shoot for a property company. They show a duplex apartment in a block central Birmingham, which is being let out. It is a conversion from a former school.

Camera: Canon EOS 5DS-R

Lenses: Sigma 12-24mm (most images around 17mm); Canon 24-105mm.

All at ISO 200. Wide shots mainly f11; detail shots at f5.6

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2019/4/property-interiors Fri, 05 Apr 2019 16:26:14 GMT
Exteriors of high value homes https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2019/2/exteriors-of-high-value-homes A few examples of photos of high value home exteriors.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2019/2/exteriors-of-high-value-homes Mon, 11 Feb 2019 23:06:25 GMT
A few favourites https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2019/2/a-few-favourites Not any particular project, just a few favourite shots from the recent past.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural birmingham midlands photography https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2019/2/a-few-favourites Mon, 04 Feb 2019 13:02:00 GMT
Domestic interior photography https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2019/1/domestic-interior-photography A quick compilation of some of my shoots of domestic, care home and hotel interiors. Clients include Accor Hotels, Seddon Construction, Barratt Homes. Most are taken with ambient light, with multiple exposures combined in Photoshop; some off-camera flash is used as well. The majority of images were taken on either a Canon 6D or Canon 5DS-R (both full frame cameras) using either a Canon TS-E17mm shift lens or Canon 24-105mm zoom. I also occasionally use a Sigma 12-24mm lens if I need a wider view.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural architecture domestic images interior lens photography raw shift https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2019/1/domestic-interior-photography Wed, 16 Jan 2019 15:04:17 GMT
East Midlands Airport for Bam Construction https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2019/1/east-midlands-airport-for-bam-construction As it's the time of year which gets a bit quiet for architectural photographers (mainly down to lack of daylight!) I thought it might be good to revisit one or two older projects for the blog. Today's example is a set of interiors of East Midlands Airport, with photography commissioned by Bam Construction. This involved some refurbished areas, mainly circulation and retail. Most of these are taken with a TS-E17 shift lens mounted on a Canon 6D - my first full frame camera, which I still use as a backup to my 5DS-R.

The image with a person walking through was taken at f16, 1/4 second to give some motion blur.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2019/1/east-midlands-airport-for-bam-construction Fri, 04 Jan 2019 18:08:07 GMT
House photography https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2018/12/house-photography Silva Timber, one of my regular customers, asked me to photograph a new luxury house near Weymouth. As it was a product shoot, it was only necessary to photograph the exterior cladding in the context of the building and surroundings. However, I realised that the building also had the potential for some extra portfolio images, and the 'blue hour' dusk shot is one of these. I also did a few interiors, which will be posted another time. 

The daytime exteriors were taken with a Canon 5DS-R, combined with a TS-E17mm shift lens or a 24-105mm zoom. The nocturnal image uses the TS-E17.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural architecture domestic house luxury photography upmarket https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2018/12/house-photography Fri, 14 Dec 2018 13:45:01 GMT
More black wood https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2018/10/more-black-wood Another shoot for Silva Timber, with black finished cedar cladding. Black is a funny colour to represent, as it varies enormously in different light conditions. These images show the product in light and shade, with detailed and general views. A particular point of interest is the depiction of black surfaces in deep shadow - these required the layering of several exposures to bring out any detail, whilst at the same time I had to be careful to still show the contrasts between sunlit and shaded areas, and not make the former too bright. A knock-on effect of this was that the contrasting whitewashed walls had to be carefully processed (highlight reduction) so that there was still some tone in them. 

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2018/10/more-black-wood Fri, 26 Oct 2018 17:47:01 GMT
Care home, Buxton https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2018/10/care-home-buxton I was commissioned recently by Glancy Nicholls Architects to photograph the new Thomas Fields care home in Buxton. Timing was critical, as some parts of the building were only sunlit for short periods of the day, due to a combination of surrounding trees and buildings, and solar angles.

Also, I was asked to produce some dusk shots of the building. This meant staying on site until around 8.30, when the 'blue hour' was coming to a close. 

It was a job that required some sensitivity as well, because the building was partly occupied. This meant that the shoot required the co-operation of both staff and residents, and for their privacy to be respected.

Most photos were taken on a Canon 5DS-R, with either the Canon TS-E17 shift lens or the Canon 24-105. One shot, the one across the car park, used the Sigma 12-24 at its widest, whilst I was on a stepladder.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural architecture birmingham midlands perspective photography https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2018/10/care-home-buxton Fri, 12 Oct 2018 14:03:47 GMT
Wooden House https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2018/10/wooden-house This cottage in south Oxfordshire was extended and re-clad by its owner, a carpenter. The cladding material was supplied by Silva Timber.

It was good to photograph a house that had only just been completed, as all the surfaces were pristine. The weather last week was very favourable, as I had direct sunlight for most of the day.  The rear elevation was south-east facing, and this made for the image which sums up the building.

The front elevation was only sunlit around 4pm, and because the sunlight strikes it very obliquely, the shadows are quite long. This elevation was photographed from close up with the TS-E 17mm lens; a notable effect of using an ultra-wide lens for a long facade which is quite reflective is that the appearance of the material varies hugely across the span of the building. Here, the light was on the right and from a low angle, so the material on the right appears to show mainly the reflection of the light, whereas that in the middle and to the left looks closer to the actual appearance of the timber. It's virtually impossible to counteract this either on camera or in processing - so I mitigated the effect by selecting that area and increasing darkness and saturation.

 

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural architecture photography https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2018/10/wooden-house Tue, 02 Oct 2018 19:50:30 GMT
Video of techniques in architectural photography https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2018/9/video-of-techniques-in-architectural-photography I made this video a few years back, but the content remains relevant today. It's a demonstration of the way lenses, perspectives and image qualities can be amended in Photoshop, and demonstrates that having knowledge and vision is just as important as having expensive kit.

The image I worked on was a photo by an artist friend, Rob Barlow, who often uses photos as source material for his paintings of derelict cityscapes.

The Photoshop features used here include lens correction, chromatic aberration elimination, perspective alteration and levelling, use of highlight and contrast tools, saturation, and area selection.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural architecture correction distortion midlands perspective photography Photoshop https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2018/9/video-of-techniques-in-architectural-photography Mon, 17 Sep 2018 19:57:17 GMT
Timber product shoot https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2018/9/timber-product-shoot Another commission from Silva Timber, including both internal and external cladding.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architecture building cladding interior materials photography product https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2018/9/timber-product-shoot Thu, 06 Sep 2018 11:44:41 GMT
Barchester Spires - dusk shots https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2018/8/barchester-spires---dusk-shots Part of the brief for this shoot was to provide dusk shots of the building. This is quite complex, both technically and logistically.

On the technical side, the shots need to be taken at a pretty precise time, so that the sky appears deep blue. Furthermore, ideally some shots are taken from the exact same viewpoint about an hour earlier, so that glare from exterior lights can be tamed (the results can be used as Photoshop layers). If shooting two different elevations, it really needs two cameras, two tripods and two photographers to do this. I didn't have the latter, so had to compromise and have a lower range of base images for one of the elevations.

You will notice that there are three images from two vantage points here - as I was setting up the first (courtyard) elevation, some spectacular red appeared in the sky, and I was able to use this as a layer for an image I took around 30 minutes later.

The logistical issue which is common to most dusk shots these days is that many lights in buildings are on motion sensors, and they quite often go off automatically. There are two solutions to this. One is to have an assistant, or friendly site staff member, to keep the lights on. The other is to accept that some will be off, and take samples from windows which are illuminated, and paste them as separate layers.  Both were employed on this occasion. Also, because some rooms were occupied by residents, and therefore not illuminated, I had to find matching windows and paste them as layers as well.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural architecture construction interior midlands photography https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2018/8/barchester-spires---dusk-shots Mon, 20 Aug 2018 14:11:42 GMT
Barchester Spires care home, Lichfield https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2018/8/barchester-spires-care-home-lichfield I was commissioned by Harris Irwin architects to provide marketing photos of this new care home. The building itself was (unlike some of my subjects) in pristine condition, which was very helpful in preparing each shot.  Here, I am showing some of the exteriors. These images show the available elevations of the building. All are in sunlight, which meant I had to be on site for a long period. The front (north) elevation was only sunlit in the early evening. As only a few residents and staff were present, the home being newly opened, it was possible to have this elevation free from cars and other obstructions, and I'm grateful to the staff for facilitating this. Because of the length of this facade and the relatively narrow car park in front of it, I had to use the Sigma 12-24 at near shortest focal length to fit it in the shot. All the other images are taken either with the Canon TS-E17 shift lens or EF24-105, the latter requiring perspective and lens distortion correction in Photoshop.

Images of the interiors and 'blue hour' dusk shots will be posted later.

Architectural photography of Barchester Spires care home, Lichfield, Staffordshire
 

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2018/8/barchester-spires-care-home-lichfield Mon, 13 Aug 2018 17:19:09 GMT
Care home, Bournville, Birmingham https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2018/8/care-home-bournville-birmingham Some images I took a couple of years ago for Seddon Construction, of the Bourn View care home in Birmingham (now operated by Avery Healthcare).  

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural architecture birmingham interior midlands photography https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2018/8/care-home-bournville-birmingham Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:12:00 GMT
St Giles' & St George's School, Newcastle, Staffs https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2018/7/st-giles-st-georges-school-newcastle-staffs Photography of this building was commissioned by Seddon Construction. In addition to standard photography, the client also requested low level aerial images to show the building in context. One of these is shown here, taken from a 15m mast positioned in the school grounds.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2018/7/st-giles-st-georges-school-newcastle-staffs Wed, 18 Jul 2018 20:47:20 GMT
Lanmor House, Wembley https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2018/6/lanmor-house-wembley Another shoot for IDP Architects of Coventry.

This is of an apartment block in Wembley.

An interesting technical aspect of the first image below was that there were roadworks and signage in the way. The problem was resolved by taking two photos approx. 1meter from each other, aligning the layers, and then erasing the offending items in one layer.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2018/6/lanmor-house-wembley Mon, 18 Jun 2018 15:49:12 GMT
Barking Magistrates' Court https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2018/6/barking-magistrates-court New shoot for a new client - IDP architects.

This set of images is of the former Barking Magistrates' Court, now converted into apartments. The building consists of two distinct elements, i.e. the old court building and a modern extension to the south. These are linked by a central atrium. The old court entrance and stairway features are retained.

What made this shoot interesting is actually in what you can't see in these images. On most weekdays, there is a market around the building, which would spoil the view completely. Thankfully the building management informed me of this, and I was able to do the work on a Wednesday. Also, parts of the building are in shadow at certain times of the day, so it was necessary to research this in advance.

This is the second shoot in London that I did in the same day, the two sites being around 25 miles apart. This was only possible as I carried all my equipment on a motorbike!

The equipment used was a Canon EOS 5DS-R (no low pass filter, so sharper definition) combined with a TSE-17 shift lens and EF 24-105 zoom. The latter required substantial lens and perspective correction in processing. Saturation and sky darkness have both been increased, and shadow reduction was necessary in many areas due to harsh sunlight.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural architecture essex interior london photography real estate https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2018/6/barking-magistrates-court Tue, 12 Jun 2018 14:16:21 GMT
Product shoot for Silva Timber https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2018/5/product-shoot-for-silva-timber These are marketing shots for one of Silva's cladding products. It was very useful to be able to walk around the project with the client, so they were able to tell me what they wanted from the photos. As ever, choosing a sunny day was essential. Technically, the biggest challenge was that with the deep roof overhang, much of the product was in dark shadow, especially with the high sun typical of this time of year. This was resolved by bracketing the exposures and combining them in Photoshop, as well as rather prolific use of the shadow lightening tool.

The camera for this shoot was the Canon 5DS-R, used for its high definition (50MP sensor, no low pass filter). The angles of the building necessitate the use of three lenses: Canon TS-E17 for wide angle perspective correction; Canon 24-105 for shots more distant from the building - perspective adjustments in post-production; and Sigma 12-24 at shortest focal length for when ultra-wide was required to see large spans from very close up.

The rear facade faces north, so multiple exposures were required to balance the highly contrasting light levels of the building and sky, along with use of the contrast and colour balance functions of Photoshop. 

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2018/5/product-shoot-for-silva-timber Fri, 18 May 2018 16:20:41 GMT
Ryecroft School, Rocester, Staffordshire https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2018/5/ryecroft-school-rocester-staffordshire A set of photos taken in late 2016 for Seddon Construction of the newly built Ryecroft School.

As a winter shoot, this presented some particular challenges in terms of external lighting, and there were very limited opportunities to catch the building in sunlight at appropriate angles. And of course, there were very few days on which the sun shines in winter, so the logistics of arranging the shoot with the school were interesting, and the school's cooperation was very helpful in this respect.

The building itself could only be photographed from certain angles, and in many cases there were high fences nearby. This necessitated high platforms - some of the shots had to be taken hand-held from a stepladder - and very wide angles (Sigma 12-24 at shortest focal length in some cases).

The final image of the hall interior presented a special issue, in that it was full of students. For safeguarding reasons, I opted to photograph them from behind to prevent them being identifiable. There are occasions when I photograph students' faces, but this is always done with permission, and I ensure that no students whose identities are protected are recognisable.

The school's architects are Glancy Nicholls.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2018/5/ryecroft-school-rocester-staffordshire Wed, 02 May 2018 09:40:00 GMT
Social photography https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2018/4/social-photography Occasionally, one of my architectural photography clients asks me to photograph an event relating to the building process, e.g. topping out ceremony, ribbon cutting. This is one example. Having photographed the new Omicron training centre in Stafford, I was commissioned to photograph the opening of the building. So here are a few general images.

At the start of the event, the marquee in which the event took place was quite bright, being white and partially daylit. This meant that I could use mostly available light with a little fill-in flash. The settings were manual, and the main flash modification was through a diffuser which could be slid up and down to quickly vary the balance of up and direct light.

Later in the evening, as darkness fell outside, more direct flash was needed, whilst trying to maintain some modelling of people's faces. As before, the main flash component was uplight (which still reflected well from the white roof) but with a little forward angling.

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More images of Omicron building, Stafford https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2018/3/more-images-of-omicron-building-stafford Having been commissioned last year by architects Pinnegar Hayward Design to photograph this building, there was a need to return to do the furnished interior, as well as some images of the external signage at night.

So here they are. Some of the photos use several Photoshop layers to balance the light (from a range of exposures) and most of the interiors also feature the use of off-camera flash.

One particularly interesting arrangement was the combination of base images for the gym shot. Because the interior was largely whitewashed, it was easy to use bounce flash off the wall behind the camera. But the reflection of the flash was very marked on the opposite window. The resolution was to have a second image without flash, but with the same manual exposure settings; this was placed onto the main image. Because of the substantial amount of glass in the building, similar techniques were used on other images as well.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural architecture birmingham interior midlands photography https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2018/3/more-images-of-omicron-building-stafford Tue, 27 Mar 2018 14:19:11 GMT
Award https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2018/3/award This is the British Institute of Professional Photography regional print competition - I'm the one in the front/middle, having got a 'First Merit' (second prize) in the Architecture Category. With the original photo below.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2018/3/award Wed, 21 Mar 2018 16:48:46 GMT
Refurbishment of Haematology Dept, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2018/2/refurbishment-of-haematology-dept-queen-elizabeth-hospital-birmingham One of my occasional commissions for Pinnegar Hayward Design, this shoot presented some particular challenges. The major one was that the building was only accessible at weekends, being a working outpatients' department.  And of course, working buildings are never as pristine as photographers would like! Here, my response was to get everything reasonable tidy, but accept that the place should be presented as an environment in which the activities of daily life had left their mark, which hopefully adds to the feeling of the place.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2018/2/refurbishment-of-haematology-dept-queen-elizabeth-hospital-birmingham Thu, 08 Feb 2018 23:41:13 GMT
Photographs of Hotel Refurbishment https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2017/11/photographs-of-hotel-refurbishment My first shoot for Accor Hotels has taken place at Ibis, Birmingham Airport. The pizzeria and reception area had recently been refurbished. The shoot was quite challenging because the interior was mostly dark grey, with many naked light bulbs, and the glare needed to be 'tamed' in Photoshop. There was little opportunity to use bounce flash because of the dark surfaces. 

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural architecture birmingham hotel interior leisure photography pizza restaurant https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2017/11/photographs-of-hotel-refurbishment Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:11:39 GMT
Holden Lane Primary School, Stoke https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2017/11/holden-lane-primary-school-stoke interior architectural photography of a school in stoke, staffordshire, midlands interior architectural photography of a school in stoke, staffordshire, midlands interior architectural photography of a school in stoke, staffordshire, midlands interior architectural photography of a school in stoke, staffordshire, midlands interior architectural photography of a school in stoke, staffordshire, midlands interior architectural photography of a school in stoke, staffordshire, midlands Another recent shoot for Pinnegar Hayward Design, this time mainly of the interior 'learning street' of Holden Lane Primary School. The challenge here was to do most of the photography between 8.15 and 9.00 when the children would be in.

 

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural architecture construction interior midlands photography https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2017/11/holden-lane-primary-school-stoke Mon, 06 Nov 2017 20:31:22 GMT
Omicron Building, Stafford https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2017/10/omicron-building-stafford Omicron building, Stafford. Architectural photography showing day and dusk, nocturnal lighting Omicron building, Stafford. Architectural photography showing day and dusk, nocturnal lighting Omicron building, Stafford. Architectural photography showing day and dusk, nocturnal lighting Omicron building, Stafford. Architectural photography showing day and dusk, nocturnal lighting Omicron building, Stafford. Architectural photography showing day and dusk, nocturnal lighting Omicron building, Stafford. Architectural photography showing day and dusk, nocturnal lighting Omicron building, Stafford. Architectural photography showing day and dusk, nocturnal lighting Omicron building, Stafford. Architectural photography showing day and dusk, nocturnal lighting Omicron building, Stafford. Architectural photography showing day and dusk, nocturnal lighting Omicron building, Stafford. Architectural photography showing day and dusk, nocturnal lighting Omicron building, Stafford. Architectural photography showing day and dusk, nocturnal lighting I was commissioned by a regular client, Pinnegar Hayward Design of Birmingham, to photograph the new building for Omicron in Stafford. A particular requirement was to have both daytime and dusk images of backlit translucent wall claddings (supplied by Rodeca).  

As a strong preference, I like to get some sunlight on as many exterior surfaces as possible. This was complicated here by a morning fog, although it was possible to get the lighting to shine into the fog, which made for a couple of interesting images. Fortunately, the fog cleared just in time to get some oblique shadow on the east elevation.

Some of the groundworks were incomplete, so bare soil had to be digitally greened (if that's allowable in English as we know it?)

For the dusk shots, it was necessary to use multiple exposures and manually combine them in Photoshop, as the light levels on the cladding were very uneven. They look fine to the eye, but the camera sensor, even on the excellent Canon 5DS-R, my workhorse, cannot deal with such a dynamic range in a single exposure.

 

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural architecture interior midlands omicron photography stafford https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2017/10/omicron-building-stafford Mon, 09 Oct 2017 21:26:21 GMT
Work on permanent show, Guildford Cathedral https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2017/9/work-on-permanent-show-guildford-cathedral Some of the photos from my residency at Guildford Cathedral have now been incorporated into the permanent interpretation graphics in the building.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural architecture decoration feature graphics interpretation perspective photography https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2017/9/work-on-permanent-show-guildford-cathedral Sat, 02 Sep 2017 23:12:10 GMT
Exhibition at Guildford Cathedral https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2017/9/exhibition-at-guildford-cathedral Pleased to report that I spent a day hanging some of my photographic work as part of a semi-permanent exhibition at Guildford Cathedral. The recently installed hanging system gives the work a proper place within the building fabric. Now that the renovation works have been completed, it seems right to have a record of the process in public view.

There are 10 aisle bays in the building which accommodate the hanging system, and I have arranged the framed photos so that they are in sympathy with the architecture, and particularly with the windows above.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architecture cathedral exhbition guildford interior photography solo https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2017/9/exhibition-at-guildford-cathedral Fri, 01 Sep 2017 08:18:04 GMT
Knauf Product Shoot, Warwick School https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2017/8/knauf-product-shoot-warwick-school Some more images from a few weeks back when I went to Warwick Hall to photograph wall and ceiling panels for Knauf. The Client was Ridgemount PR, and the building was designed by Associated Architects.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architects architectural associated birmingham interior knauf midlands panels photography products https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2017/8/knauf-product-shoot-warwick-school Wed, 09 Aug 2017 18:49:54 GMT
Tewkesbury Primary Health Centre https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2017/7/tewkesbury-primary-health-centre Some interior and exterior images of this new health centre, design by ADP Architects and built by Seddon Construction. This is an update to a previous shoot.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) adp architectural architecture care interior midlands photography primary seddon tewkesbury https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2017/7/tewkesbury-primary-health-centre Tue, 25 Jul 2017 15:10:12 GMT
Royal International Air Tattoo https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2017/7/royal-international-air-tattoo A bit of a change from the usual subject matter.  Some images from last week's Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford, Glos.

These show aerobatic displays from the Patrouille Suisse, (Northrop F-5) and the USAF Thunderbirds (General Dynamics F-16)

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) 2017 aerobatic display f-16 f-5 fighting falcon formation flying freedom fighter patrouille suisse riat royal international air tattoo thunderbirds usaf https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2017/7/royal-international-air-tattoo Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:06:56 GMT
Hothouse Sheffield https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2017/6/hothouse An event for emerging and established photographers in Sheffield on 10th June - I will be among the speakers on the day, talking about my residency at Guildford Cathedral.

https://www.redeye.org.uk/programme/events/hothouse-sheffield 

A number or photographers will be presenting an array of recent projects, so it promises to be a really interesting day. Plenty of networking opportunities as well.

Hothouse arrives in the Steel City in June for a daylong celebration of photographic talent from Yorkshire and beyond. Throughout the day there will be short presentations from photographers about their recent work and projects, plus ample opportunity for networking and portfolio review. You're welcome to drop in for an hour or two, or stay for the whole event - but please register to be sure of getting a place.

 

 

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2017/6/hothouse Wed, 07 Jun 2017 11:06:36 GMT
Architectural Product Shoot https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2017/6/architectural-product-shoot Ceiling and wall products for Knauf - the building is Warwick Hall, a multipurpose hall and theatre in the grounds of Warwick School.  There are also some exteriors for context.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural architecture construction interior photography product https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2017/6/architectural-product-shoot Mon, 05 Jun 2017 20:28:18 GMT
Exhibition at Guildford Cathedral https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2017/5/exhibition-at-guildford-cathedral This marks the culmination of my residency at Guildford, and here's a shortish video to explain... best viewed full screen on high defiinition

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2017/5/exhibition-at-guildford-cathedral Wed, 17 May 2017 13:17:34 GMT
Competition win! https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2017/4/competition-win This image from my residency at Guildford Cathedral won the British Institute of Professional Photography regional print competition in the Architecture Category.  It's a double image, with ultra-wide angle (12mm full frame) rectangular images from the same viewpoint, arranged in a cruciform shape - hence the dark corners.

Aligning the image in Photoshop was a difficult task - the auto align feature would not accommodate the different aspect ratios, so all had to be done manually. On site, it was necessary to place the camera very precisely, and also very low to obtain the maximum distance from the object. As the Canon 6D screen is not hinged, the only way to see what was on the it was to use a compact mirror. 

The photos below show the set-up as well as the final image.

 

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) Guildford architectural competition photography win winner https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2017/4/competition-win Mon, 10 Apr 2017 22:13:00 GMT
Internal Aerial Photography using a Mast https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2017/3/internal-aerial-photography-using-a-mast There are occasions when photographing an interior from a floor-based tripod doesn't show the space to full effect. Nowadays, most people assume that aerial photography has to be done with a drone, but this is not always practical.

The commission illustrated here is of the warehouse of the Castings factory near Burntwood, Staffordshire. My client was Seddon Construction.

The ground level view of the building's structure and spaces was largely obscured by boxes of lorry engine components, stacked far higher than the reach of any tripod. I used a mast to reach above this, and was able to take photos of the interior without obstruction. Moreover, by varying the pitch of the camera remotely, I was able to look up to the roof structure and down to the goods in stacks, and to use these for visual effect. 

A further bonus of this method is that any camera with wi-fi can be simply connected to a smartphone, allowing higher image quality than can be obtained with most drones. Here, I was able to use my full-frame Canon 6d, coupled with a Sigma 12-24 at minimum focal length, i.e allowing an extremely wide angle.  This permitted the use of raw files and multiple exposures (necessary to balance the general light levels with rooflights and artificial lighting).

There are occasions when I use a compact camera (Canon G7X) on the mast. The principal benefit of this is that the zoom angle can be controlled remotely, although this only has the full frame equivalent of 24 - 100mm, and exposure control is more limited.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) aerial alternative architectural architecture drone interior mast photography https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2017/3/internal-aerial-photography-using-a-mast Wed, 08 Mar 2017 10:18:14 GMT
Light and text in images https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2017/2/light-and-text-in-images As part of my residency at Guildford Cathedral, I have been experimenting with using text within photographs.  The theme is the metaphor of light, with quotations from biblical and other scriptures.  This has taken its cue from the conception of the Cathedral building itself as a temple of light.

As the work has progressed, I have aimed to make the text elements of the compositions appear integral to the images themselves, to the point where it's not easy to judge whether they were there in the original locations.

Here, I used the south and north pulpits as the locations.  Both had tapestries for the Christmas season (the photos being taken on the day of the Epiphany service).  

On the south pulpit, the tapestry contained an image of an open book.  It was, therefore, a simple choice to insert text within it.  The process involved creating a text layer in Photoshop, with a suitable font, and colour matching it to the darker part of the book image.  A slight outer glow was used from the Effects (fx) menu, to give separation from parts of the existing page.  The text was then skewed and warped in the Edit menu, to follow the contours of the page and so appear to be written on it.

A different approach was taken on the north pulpit.  The tapestry contained an image of the Cross with a rather solar glow, which would have made any additional text appear incongruous with the composition.  But, on the stone wall behind the pulpit, was a carved and coloured inscription commemorating the consecration of the Cathedral.  A text was chosen, and put into a text layer, using a font and colour to match the existing as closely as possible.  This was scaled and slightly skewed in the Edit menu, to align it with the perspective of the wall joints.  As the wall was out of focus, the text was also blurred a little in the Filter menu.  The carved incisions were also matched by subjecting the text layer to 'bevel and emboss' in the Effects menu. Finally, the layer's opacity was reduced a little to allow some texture of the stone to come through.

A refinement, for showing the two images together, was to crop both to be, as nearly as possible, identical in proportion and geometry.  The slide show below shows the process of adding the layers, and the details of the texts.


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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) Cathedral Guildford architectural architecture birmingham interior photography scripture text https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2017/2/light-and-text-in-images Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:57:49 GMT
Guildford Cathedral by night https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2017/1/guildford-cathedral-by-night In preparation for an early start on Sunday, as part of my residency, I stayed at the Asperion Hotel In Guildford on Saturday night.  Luckily, my room had quite a good view! These images show slight variations in focal length and crop.  Canon EOS 6D with Tamron 70-300.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) Guildford architectural architecture cathedral illuminated illumination night nocturnal photography https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2017/1/guildford-cathedral-by-night Mon, 09 Jan 2017 11:46:20 GMT
Glass wall with Bentleys https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2017/1/glass-wall-with-bentleys Glass is one of the hardest things to photograph.  It's both there and not there, so to speak, and its transparency makes it the least emphatic element of any composition.  Here, a movable glass wall by Geze is used as a partition in the Bentley / Lamborghini showroom in Birmingham.  I concentrated on the properties of the reflections in the glass, working as a kind of counterpoint to the lighting on the vehicles.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2017/1/glass-wall-with-bentleys Fri, 06 Jan 2017 18:51:40 GMT
Tewkesbury Primary Care Centre https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2016/12/tewkesbury-primary-care-centre Tewkesbury Primary Care Centre will soon host two GP practices and a Lloyd's Pharmacy. These images are of the GP section of the building, which is on three floors, and includes waiting areas, consulting, meeting and staff rooms.

Currently, no furniture is in place, which has allowed me to photograph the interiors uncluttered. However, it will probably be necessary to return at a future date to complete the set, when the building is furnished to a working standard.

Similarly, the exteriors will be done when the weather is fine and the landscaping has been completed.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural architecture health interior midlands perspective photography tewkesbury https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2016/12/tewkesbury-primary-care-centre Thu, 29 Dec 2016 14:37:20 GMT
Matthew Clark Distribution warehouse https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2016/12/matthew-clark-distribution-warehouse Another shoot for Pinnegar Hayward Design, of the new warehouse for Matthew Clark Distribution in Bedford.  

At this time of year, the challenge is to maximise the use of available sunlight for the exteriors, and use various tools in post-production to compensate for the surfaces which don't get lit.  In this case, the main goods entrance got no sunlight at all, and the n-w facing elevation with the reception area only got a few minutes of very oblique sunlight.  A consolation was that this had an attractive red hue at sunset. This was enhanced by reflections from neighbouring buildings.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) Bedford architectural architecture birmingham industrial midlands photography warehouse https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2016/12/matthew-clark-distribution-warehouse Wed, 21 Dec 2016 14:07:39 GMT
Birmingham Children's Hospital https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2016/12/birmingham-childrens-hospital I was asked by architects Pinnegar Hayward Design to photograph the Emergency X-ray Department of the hospital recently.  The main X-ray room can be transformed into a multicoloured light show, which is a really imaginative way of distracting kids from illness and injury.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural birmingham children's colour hospital interior light photography https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2016/12/birmingham-childrens-hospital Fri, 02 Dec 2016 21:11:49 GMT
Hockley Heath Academy https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2016/11/hockley-heath-academy An extension including two new classrooms was recently built for Hockley Heath Academy, near Solihull.  It was designed by Pinnegar Hayward of Birmingham.  I took these photos for their marketing.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural architecture birmingham interior midlands photography https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2016/11/hockley-heath-academy Wed, 02 Nov 2016 23:22:17 GMT
Domestic installation of rooflights https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2016/10/domestic-installation-of-rooflights I was recently asked to photograph roof lights by Velux for a private client near Oxford.  Among many images from various vantage points, I included a series from the same spot with the window closed, partly open and fully open, to demonstrate versatility and lighting effects.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2016/10/domestic-installation-of-rooflights Thu, 13 Oct 2016 14:31:02 GMT
Telford College of Arts and Technology https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2016/10/telford-college-of-arts-and-technology Images of a series of buildings of TCAT were commissioned by Pinnegar Hayward Design of Birmingham.  These included classrooms, art rooms and vehicle maintenance facilities.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural architecture education industrial interior midlands perspective photography https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2016/10/telford-college-of-arts-and-technology Wed, 12 Oct 2016 15:22:19 GMT
Men at Work https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2016/10/men-at-work Humans on scaffolding give an idea of the scale of Guildford Cathedral Guildford Cathedral scaffolding.  architectural photography

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) Guildford architectural architecture cathedral construction interior perspective photography renovation https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2016/10/men-at-work Wed, 05 Oct 2016 20:52:16 GMT
Warehouse and industrial photography https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2016/9/warehouse-and-industrial-photography These photographs are of the Lawton Tubes warehouse in Coventry.  The challenge was to make strong architectural images of a busy working environment, whilst being constantly aware of moving vehicles and cranes.  The architects, Pinnegar Hayward Design of Birmingham, used copper as an emphatic motif in the fins on the office windows to the front of the building.  At the time of the shoot, the sun set at around 8pm, which meant the redness of the copper could be especially brought out by the fiery light. Architectural photography of Lawton Tube building, Coventrylawton tube copper fins Architectural photography of Lawton Tube building, Coventrylawton tube copper fins Architectural photography of Lawton Tube building, Coventrylawton tube copper fins Architectural photography of Lawton Tube building, Coventrylawton tube copper fins Architectural photography of Lawton Tube building, Coventrylawton tube copper fins

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) Coventry architectural architecture industrial midlands perspective photography https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2016/9/warehouse-and-industrial-photography Tue, 27 Sep 2016 10:17:29 GMT
Keele University https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2016/9/keele-university Commissioned photography of the new IC5 (Innovation Centre) building at Keele University, for Seddon Construction.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) Keele architectural architecture birmingham midlands perspective photography university https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2016/9/keele-university Sun, 18 Sep 2016 22:24:19 GMT
School Photos https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2016/9/school-photos Samples from a recent shoot at Joseph Leckie Academy for Seymour Harris Architects.  Interior and exterior of a new build, comprising classrooms, IT rooms, office and staff room.  Note the gloss black relief sculpture running through the stairwell. Joseph Leckie Academy, Walsall.  Architectural photography for Seymour Harris Architects, Birmingham

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural architecture birmingham interior midlands photography https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2016/9/school-photos Wed, 14 Sep 2016 21:33:45 GMT
Vertiginous.... https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2016/8/vertiginous Images of and from the scaffolding at Guildford Cathedral Guildford Cathedral scaffolding.  Architectural photography. Guildford Cathedral scaffolding.  Architectural photography. Guildford Cathedral scaffolding.  Architectural photography. Guildford Cathedral scaffolding.  Architectural photography. Guildford Cathedral scaffolding.  Architectural photography. Guildford Cathedral scaffolding.  Architectural photography. Guildford Cathedral scaffolding.  Architectural photography.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural cathedral construction guildford photography refurbishment scaffolding https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2016/8/vertiginous Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:28:05 GMT
Low Level Aerial Photography https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2016/7/low-level-aerial-photography I am now offering low level aerial photography, from a 15 metre mast.  This is an economical way of photographing buildings from a height of up to 5 storeys, and avoids the legal and insurance issues associated with drones.  Also, the image quality is higher than that of most drone cameras, and it is possible to use a high quality compact camera which can be zoomed remotely.  

DSLR cameras can also be attached and controlled with wired or wireless connections.

These full-height images are of my own neighbourhood and the adjacent railway.

 

 

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) aerial architectural architecture birmingham event mast midlands photography roof survey https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2016/7/low-level-aerial-photography Tue, 26 Jul 2016 19:01:50 GMT
The Glass Angels at Guildford https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2016/6/the-glass-angels-at-guildford   

An animation of the camera moving gently in front of one of the glass angels near the south porch.  This allows the viewer to see the geometry of the window behind, and the relative movement means the refraction of light through the glass means the angel appears more three-dimensional than would be possible with a still image.   Click on the photo.

 

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2016/6/the-glass-angels-at-guildford Mon, 20 Jun 2016 21:08:42 GMT
More scaffolding architecture at Guildford https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2016/6/more-scaffolding-architecture-at-guildford Just an update

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural architecture guildford interior photography surrey https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2016/6/more-scaffolding-architecture-at-guildford Mon, 20 Jun 2016 20:59:36 GMT
Guildford Cathedral - the hidden organ https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2016/6/guildford-cathedral---the-hidden-organ The organ was removed to protect it during the current refurbishment.  The pipes are currently stored in the Chapel of the Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment, which is still partially open.  The pipes themselves are visible through the grille of the Chapel.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural cathedral guildford photography https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2016/6/guildford-cathedral---the-hidden-organ Wed, 15 Jun 2016 16:18:39 GMT
Scaffolding in Guildford Cathedral https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2016/5/scaffolding-in-guildford-cathedral Work to remove asbestos and make other repairs has begun at Guildford Cathedral, where I am working as artist in residence.  Scaffolding has its own architecture, and this is currently being erected.  

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural architecture construction guildford interior photography surrey https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2016/5/scaffolding-in-guildford-cathedral Thu, 19 May 2016 10:09:58 GMT
Feature in RIBA Journal https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2016/5/feature-in-riba-journal Nice to see this photo as part of a feature for the Stirling Prize in the RIBA Journal https://www.ribaj.com/buildings/mary-stevens-hospice-expansion-stourbridge

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2016/5/feature-in-riba-journal Tue, 03 May 2016 17:34:54 GMT
Article in EOS Magazine https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2016/4/article-in-eos-magazine EOS Magazine is essential reading for Canon users, and many of the articles are useful for professional and amateur photographers with other systems as well.  So I'm pretty pleased to have had an article published in it.  I hope you find the information useful - feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.  It's best to scale up to see the details. architectural photography article in eos magazine Article in EOS Magazine architectural photography article in eos magazine Article in EOS Magazine architectural photography article in eos magazine Article in EOS Magazine

 

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural architecture birmingham eos lens magazine perspective photography published shift https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2016/4/article-in-eos-magazine Thu, 21 Apr 2016 12:41:52 GMT
McCarthy and Stone retirement apartments, Worcester https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2016/4/mccarthy-and-stone-retirement-apartments-worcester A few interior and exterior images from a shoot a few weeks back for McCarthy & Stone.  This development is St Francis Court in Worcester, and is partly new build and partly the refurbishment of a former art school.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural architecture birmingham developer housebuilder interior marketing midlands photography https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2016/4/mccarthy-and-stone-retirement-apartments-worcester Mon, 04 Apr 2016 19:39:03 GMT
Guildford Cathedral - some grand vistas https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2016/3/guildford-cathedral---some-grand-vistas A few of the 'bigger' views of the cathedral interior

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2016/3/guildford-cathedral---some-grand-vistas Fri, 18 Mar 2016 14:54:23 GMT
More interiors of Guildford Cathedral https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2016/3/more-interiors-of-guildford-cathedral On a second visit to Guildford for my forthcoming residency, I went into a little more detail when photographing the interior.  The first image here is of the Quire, with the temporary electronic organ console and speakers.

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Below is the children's chapel, used especially by bereaved parents, and which also carries the emblem of the Girl Guides.

Guildford Cathedral children's chapel

 

A floor detail of the crossing, with the emblem of the Stag (the cathedral is situated on Stag Hill, so named for having been a royal hunting ground.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2016/3/more-interiors-of-guildford-cathedral Mon, 14 Mar 2016 18:45:02 GMT
Birmingham Library demolition https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2016/3/birmingham-library-demolition These images were taken just a few seconds apart.

Because the scene was lit from the back and left, there were some harsh contrasts with a few areas being completely washed out.  The resolution to this was to work in two layers, one of which, the background, was given HDR treatment in Photoshop, whilst the top layer was full contrast.  I also made the top layer monochrome, so when this is superimposed at 50% opacity, it gives a low colour value effect which suits the subject matter.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2016/3/birmingham-library-demolition Sat, 05 Mar 2016 18:03:51 GMT
Oh dear Birmingham https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2016/3/oh-dear-birmingham Whilst I'm all for having events, festivals and temporary features in civic spaces, I do think they need to have a bit of class.  I went to take a few images of the Council House in Birmingham yesterday, and found myself confronted with a ramshackle bunch of stalls that would have disgraced a third world back street!  It was a set of food stalls.  I have to admit I have no idea who organised it, or why, but what was the point?  There are dozens of cafes and take away outlets in central Birmingham anyway.

What would a tourist think of the way the city treats its most prominent buildings?  It's just wrong!

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural architecture birmingham midlands photography https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2016/3/oh-dear-birmingham Thu, 03 Mar 2016 09:27:10 GMT
Lichfield Cathedral https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2016/2/lichfield-cathedral I took these images in 2012.  They are of the West front and Nave of Lichfield Cathedral.  The camera is a Toyo View 5 x 4 inch film view camera, with movements for perspective and selective focus control.

The lens used for both photos is a Schneider 58mm, mounted into a recessed lens board.  For the exterior image, no lens shift was used, and the photo simply displays the potential for using an ultrawide lens for dramatic compositions with dynamic converging verticals.  Conversely, for the interior, the lens is shifted upwards as far as possible within the image circle, and both the lens and film planes are kept parallel to the building verticals, so they appear to be upright in the image.

The film is Ilford FP4 at 100 ISO; aperture f/16.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2016/2/lichfield-cathedral Fri, 26 Feb 2016 12:48:44 GMT
Birmingham Central Library https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2016/2/birmingham-central-library Taken with a 5 x 4 large format film camera early in 2013, just before dawn, this is a view which won't be seen again.

The Central Library, currently being demolished, was designed by John Madin, and is considered one of the most significant buildings of the Brutalist period.  It was admired and hated in apparently equal measure.  For around half its life, the space beneath was empty and windblown, although popular with skateboarders.  Since the early 90s an enclosed shopping mall occupied the space.  This was always rather tawdry, and a poor relation to the more upmarket retail areas nearby, and a rather unpleasant introduction to the grand design of the neighbouring Centenary Square.

I like to think this photo shows how the paving and landscaping scheme tried to integrate the various civic buildings and monuments of Victoria and Chamberlain Squares, and that the sweeping curve of the steps echoes the frontage of the library.

As a personal opinion, the mural on the right is outright vandalism; the fact that it was permitted some years ago indicated that there was no way the building was going to be respected, let alone saved.

 

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural architecture birmingham brutalism brutalist central library concrete. construction john madin lens midlands perspective photography shift https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2016/2/birmingham-central-library Mon, 22 Feb 2016 13:12:07 GMT
Leeds - Clarence Dock and Royal Armouries https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2016/2/leeds---clarence-dock-and-royal-armouries Using a 5 x 4 film camera with negative film, I took these shots of the Royal Armouries and the adjacent Clarence Dock in Leeds.  

The daytime shot was taken with a 58mm lens, set at f16 for 1/30 sec. The night shot used a 90mm lens, f16 for around 8 minutes - this allowed the trail of the light of the approaching aircraft to make a dynamic feature in the sky.  Such a long exposure was necessary to compensate for reciprocity failure.

The camera movements mean that perspective can be aligned in the same way as using a shift lens - the camera is shown below the photos.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural architecture birmingham clarence dock leeds perspective photography royal armouries https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2016/2/leeds---clarence-dock-and-royal-armouries Sun, 21 Feb 2016 16:58:38 GMT
Changing Light https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2016/2/changing-light Images of tower blocks in Stechford, Birmingham, taken about 8 minutes apart last night, showing how rapidly the colour and quality of sunlight can change

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural architecture birmingham construction evening midlands photography stechford sunlight https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2016/2/changing-light Fri, 19 Feb 2016 14:22:18 GMT
Extra Care Home, Birmingham https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2016/2/extra-care-home-birmingham Some interiors from a shoot last year for Seddon Construction / Gracewell Healthcare

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural architecture birmingham construction interior midlands perspective photography https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2016/2/extra-care-home-birmingham Wed, 03 Feb 2016 18:56:56 GMT
Night and Day https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2016/1/night-and-day Two contrasting images of the Library of Birmingham from almost identical vantage points.  Both were taken using the same lens (Canon TS-E 17mm shift lens).  The night time image concentrates mainly on the effects created by the lighting on the building, but composition is also critical, with the patterns on the paving leading the viewer towards the building.   Multiple exposures were used in the creation of this image, with very different levels for the sky, building and lights, which was quite a difficult balance.

The daylit version takes in a little more of the foreground, and the paving patterns are more pronounced.  Also, the reflection of the sun from the glazing to the paving is an interesting compositional feature in itself, and so is emphasised here.  Processing this image was relatively simple, except for the solar reflection on the glass, which required a layer exposed 4 stops lower than the surroundings.  This was blended in by feathering and partial transparency in Photoshop. 

Astute observers may note that the images were taken on different dates, as the benches have been removed on the image taken in daylight. Birmingham Library nocturnal night image with lightingBirmingham Library at Night Birmingham Library nocturnal night image with lightingBirmingham Library at Night

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural architecture birmingham library mecanoo midlands perspective photography https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2016/1/night-and-day Sat, 30 Jan 2016 17:51:32 GMT
More photos of Guildford Cathedral https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2016/1/more-photos-of-guildford-cathedral Two more processed images from my recent visit to Guildford, as preliminary work for my forthcoming residency at the Cathedral.  Photos are of the Lady Chapel and Nave, both looking west.  The temporary digital organ console and speakers can be seen if you look closely at the Nave picture.  

Both images were taken on a Canon 6D, with a 17mm shift lens which corrects perspective, allowing the verticals to appear vertical.  This is because the shifted lens, sensor plane and building verticals are all parallel.  Some more on this subject in previous blog posts e.g. http://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2014/1/perspective-correction-photoshop

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural architecture artist cathedral chapel choir guildford in interior lady nave perspective photography residence https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2016/1/more-photos-of-guildford-cathedral Sun, 17 Jan 2016 21:46:11 GMT
Correcting images in Photoshop https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2015/12/correcting-images-in-photoshop This is a video showing how I transformed a photo by artist Robert Barlow using some of the techniques available in Photoshop.  Rob is using a crop frame camera with a kit lens, and the processes include ways of improving lens performance.  Whilst there is no substitute for professional quality equipment if you are a commercial photographer, modern software means that a modestly priced lens can still give good results.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural architecture birmingham derby midlands perspective photography https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2015/12/correcting-images-in-photoshop Thu, 31 Dec 2015 15:23:47 GMT
Guildford Cathedral Residency https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2015/12/guildford-cathedral-residency I'm starting as Artist in Residence at Guildford Cathedral in April.  In the meantime, here are some images from a preliminary shoot of the interior.  I felt it was important to do this now, as there will be scaffolding in the building for much of the coming year.  Look closely at the image of the Quire, and note the speakers and console of the temporary digital organ. guilldford cathedral architectural interior photographyGuildford Cathedral choir with temporary digital organ installed guilldford cathedral architectural interior photographyGuildford Cathedral choir with temporary digital organ installed

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural architecture cathedral guildford. heritage lottery fund interior perspective photography https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2015/12/guildford-cathedral-residency Sun, 27 Dec 2015 16:43:16 GMT
Student Accommodation for Knight Frank https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2015/12/student-accommodation-for-knight-frank Images from a recent shoot for Knight Frank.  The building is student accommodation in Loughborough, Leicestershire.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural architecture knight frank loughborough midlands optima photography https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2015/12/student-accommodation-for-knight-frank Sun, 13 Dec 2015 20:11:00 GMT
Copyright in Architectural Photography https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2015/11/copyright-in-architectural-photography Last weekend I attended the highly stimulating INFOT conference at Derby University, organised by the British Institute of Professional Photography.  I would like to thank Denise Swanson for her ongoing work on the subject of copyright, which was the subject of a very lively talk and discussion; while the issues are uppermost in my mind, it is a good time to set out some of them in relation to architectural photography.

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Whilst copyright has always been a contentious issue, buildings have, arguably, many layers of copyright, representing different participants.    Here are some scenarios:

1.  A contractor asks me to photograph the interior and exterior of a new building.  Assuming I have the permission of the owner or management of the property to take photographs, I find myself asking who owns the copyright to the constituent parts.  

The architect will, of course, have the copyright to the design of the building.  If an exterior is taken from a public place, then this does not present the photographer with any problems.  But under some proposals being considered, this has become contentious.  If the photographs are commissioned by the architect, then it should be relatively simple to make a contract specifying permitted copyright and usage.  But if the contractor is the commissioner, then the permissions and copyright may become more blurred.  Could an architect force an outright ban on the use of images of their building, particularly interiors?

But having mentioned interiors, what of the interior designer, or even the house dresser?  Such participants might equally be deemed to be the authors of elements of the project.  How could these relationships work in terms of copyright?  Who could permit whom to take or use such images?

2.  Let's turn this on its head.  A manufacturer commissions me to photograph some luminaires in a hotel bar.  Obviously they can't be shown in isolation, and there will, for example be bar fittings in the background, which will be someone else's IP.  What can or can't be photographed in that situation?  The architect or interior designer might claim rights to any interior in which the luminaires are situated.  And what about the owner, franchisee or brand owner?

 

It has generally been assumed that copyright of photographs lies with the photographer, but this now seems to be more contentious.  Particularly, the question of identifiable brands or creations within the context of private (interior) settings seems to be becoming to be seen in line with the use of products in films or advertisements.

My own hope is that people will be sensible and, by and large, maintain the status quo because it makes life simpler for everyone, and less appealing to pricey lawyers.  But I do think it is worth participants in the construction industry considering their copyright arrangements with each other and photographers.

I would, of course, be interested to hear what architects, designers, contractors and proprietors (and fellow photographers) might have to say on the matter.

 

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural copyright intellectual property interior ip photography https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2015/11/copyright-in-architectural-photography Wed, 18 Nov 2015 19:13:58 GMT
Blood Moon https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2015/11/blood-moon From a few weeks ago obviously.  Taken using a Tamron 70-300 lens rather than a telescope, so just for fun, here's a sequence of the recent blood moon shot over a couple of hours.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) birmingham blood blood moon midlands moon photography timelapse video https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2015/11/blood-moon Tue, 10 Nov 2015 23:58:39 GMT
Slater Street Extra Care home for Seddon and Sanctuary https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2015/11/slater-street-extra-care-home-for-seddon-and-sanctuary To complement the exteriors of this building, which I posted recently, here is a selection of the interiors.  The images are a mixture of communal spaces and a furnished show apartment.   interior photography seddon sanctuary interior photography seddon sanctuary interior photography seddon sanctuary interior photography seddon sanctuary interior photography seddon sanctuary

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) Sanctuary architectural architecture birmingham extra care interior midlands photography seddon https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2015/11/slater-street-extra-care-home-for-seddon-and-sanctuary Sat, 07 Nov 2015 22:56:19 GMT
Slater Street Extra Care for Seddon https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2015/11/slater-street-extra-care-for-seddon  

​Some exteriors of the new Slater Street Extra Care home in Stoke on Trent.  The photos were commissioned by Seddon Construction, and the end client was Sanctuary Housing.  Designed by PRP Architects.  The top image is a panorama from 7 originals.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural midlands photography potteries sanctuary seddon stoke https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2015/11/slater-street-extra-care-for-seddon Fri, 06 Nov 2015 13:00:46 GMT
Shoot for Velux https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2015/11/shoot-for-velux Cultural Centre in Willesden, London, designed by Alford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM).  Skylights by Velux, who commissioned this shoot. velux rooflights ahmm architectural photography london velux rooflights ahmm architectural photography london velux rooflights ahmm architectural photography london

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) ahmm architectural architecture fenestration interior perspective photography velux window https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2015/11/shoot-for-velux Mon, 02 Nov 2015 20:15:32 GMT
Fog in Birmingham https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2015/11/fog-in-birmingham Some more early morning fog.  Bordesley Green, Birmingham, near Heartlands Hospital and in the Cole Valley

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural architecture birmingham bordesley fog light midlands photography https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2015/11/fog-in-birmingham Mon, 02 Nov 2015 08:10:02 GMT
Fog from my window this morning https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2015/11/fog-from-my-window-this-moring Just because, really.

 

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2015/11/fog-from-my-window-this-moring Sun, 01 Nov 2015 17:53:46 GMT
Partial solar eclipse viewed from Birmingham https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2015/3/partial-solar-eclipse-viewed-from-birmingham The clouds arranged themselves very nicely for the eclipse on Friday!  These images were taken from my daughter's school playground in Moseley, Birmingham. A Tamron 75-300 lens at maximum focal length was used on a Canon 6D.  Most of the photos are slightly cropped.

 

The red effect on some images is created by an on-camera filter.

 

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Mary Stevens Hospice, Stourbridge https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2015/3/mary-stevens-hospice-stourbridge
Some images from a recent shoot of the Mary Stevens Hospice, designed by KKE Architects - nice to see it featured in the RIBA Journal as well https://www.ribaj.com/buildings/mary-stevens-hospice-expansion-stourbridge

 

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural architecture contemplative interior midlands perspective photography sacred stourbridge https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2015/3/mary-stevens-hospice-stourbridge Mon, 02 Mar 2015 17:40:51 GMT
New Build Flats for Seddon Construction https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2015/2/new-build-flats-for-seddon-construction Recent images of a group of low rise apartments by Seddon Construction for Sanctuary Housing.  The site is off Stafford Street in Market Drayton, Shropshire.

 

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural birmingham construction drayton interior market midlands photography sanctuary seddon https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2015/2/new-build-flats-for-seddon-construction Sat, 21 Feb 2015 23:17:21 GMT
Mary Anne Evans Hospice Interior Photography https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2015/2/mary-anne-evans-hospice-interior-photography Some interior photography from the Mary Ann Evans Hospice, Nuneaton, designed by KKE Architects of Worcester.  The main challenge here was to balance inside and outside lighting, as the images show the connections between the interior and exterior forms and materials.

 

 

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architects architectural architecture birmingham coventry interior kke midlands nuneaton photography warwickshire https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2015/2/mary-anne-evans-hospice-interior-photography Mon, 02 Feb 2015 19:28:59 GMT
Mary Ann Evans Hospice, Nuneaton, near Coventry https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2015/1/mary-ann-evans-hospice Some images of the exterior, taken last week for KKE Architects.  These images were taken in hazy / cloudy / misty conditions, so needed to be enhanced considerably in Photoshop.  The main actions were the correction of perspective, removal of foreground clutter, increase of contrast and saturation, and creation of blue skies (by reducing red and green in selected areas in the 'levels' dialogue).

 

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural architecture birmingham coventry kke midlands nuneaton photo photography worcester https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2015/1/mary-ann-evans-hospice Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:10:29 GMT
East Midlands Airport interiors https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2014/12/east-midlands-airport-interiors More work at East Midlands Airport, this time commissioned by Bam Construction.  The areas photographed were the airside retail units, and the new walkway to Gates 1-5.

 

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural bam birmingham construction east interior midlands photography https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2014/12/east-midlands-airport-interiors Tue, 30 Dec 2014 23:33:18 GMT
East Midlands Airport https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2014/12/east-midlands-airport East Midlands Airport serves Nottingham, Derby and Leicester.  This set of images is from a shoot for Tobermore Concrete, and shows paving products in relation to new Airport buildings (Contractor: Bam Construction; Architects: URS).

At this time of year, the sun (when it shines, which isn't often) is low and creates effects which can be both interesting and problematic.  For example, the textures on paving are shown in sharp relief, but every stray piece of dirt or gravel stands out.  I also had to be very selective about which areas to photograph, as a lot of grit had been placed on the ground due to a frost the previous night.  There were also some very harsh reflections from the wall surfaces.

Some of the shadows were quite dramatic, which contributes to the overall feel of the shoot.

 

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural birmingham midlands perspective photography https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2014/12/east-midlands-airport Sat, 20 Dec 2014 17:00:27 GMT
Faking It https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2014/11/faking-it This image, from the shoot for KKE Architects, shows the 'faking' of a lit window when it was impossible to get the actual lights on.  Such tricks are often necessary for dusk shoots.  Some of the base images are shown below, each of which was used for a different exposure, component, or mask.

 

 

 

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural architecture birmingham correction heart kke midlands of photography worcester https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2014/11/faking-it Tue, 25 Nov 2014 15:37:50 GMT
Heart of Worcester College interiors https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2014/11/heart-of-worcester-college-interiors Some more images from the recent shoot for KKE Architects, Worcester

 

 

 

 

 

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architects architectural architecture birmingham midlands photography worcester https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2014/11/heart-of-worcester-college-interiors Wed, 19 Nov 2014 18:05:31 GMT
Heart of Worcester College https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2014/11/heart-of-worcester-college Recently completed work by KKE Architects of Worcester.  Some exterior shots here.

 

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architects architectural college heart kke midlands of photography worcester https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2014/11/heart-of-worcester-college Wed, 12 Nov 2014 22:45:31 GMT
Bloor Homes Interior Photography https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2014/11/bloor-homes An unusual commission (for me, anyway).  Bloor Homes asked me to photograph an interior for their forthcoming Christmas promotion.  Working with their resident interior designer, I focussed especially on decorative lighting arrangements. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural birmingham bloor christmas family interior midlands photography promotion https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2014/11/bloor-homes Tue, 11 Nov 2014 17:31:24 GMT
Correcting Architectural Photos https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2014/10/correcting-architectural-photos When I first looked at taking up architectural photography as a career, it looked easy.  And many people still think it is.  Often I cold-call architects and interior designers, to be told 'we've got a digital camera with a wide-angle lens ourselves, thanks' or, 'one of our directors' relatives does it for us'.

There's a little more to it than that, and I'm pleased that Jeremy Segal, a Canadian architectural photographer  www.jsegalphoto.com has put this up on Youtube to explain his way of doing things, and just how complex it can be to make the unprocessed image presentable, especially when the shooting circumstances are unfavourable.

Of course each of us has our own way of processing in the style we prefer, but I think this gives a pretty good idea of some of the details that need to be considered  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QxmhU-XxkU

 

 

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural architecture canada jeremy perspective photography segal vancouver https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2014/10/correcting-architectural-photos Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:21:03 GMT
Blaenavon Resource Centre https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2014/10/blaenavon-resource-centre First images from this weeks shoot for LSP Developments. This is the Blaenavon Resource Centre, with various healthcare practices and related businesses under one roof.  Getting some sunlight this week was the big achievement!.

Some of the techniques used on this shoot include the use of a shift lens, some work with an ultrawide (Sigma 12-24 at the short end) and lots of fine lens and perspective correction.  Interior shots required multiple layers for balancing general light levels with 'hot spots' of luminaires and windows, as an alternative to using off-camera flash.

 

Blaenavon Resource Centre architectural photography wales midlands birminghamBlaenavon Resource Centre

 

 

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural architecture birmingham developer perspective photography property wales https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2014/10/blaenavon-resource-centre Thu, 09 Oct 2014 11:23:08 GMT
King Edwards School, Sheldon, Birmingham https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2014/10/king-edwards-school-sheldon-birmingham More work for Tobermore Concrete.  This time photographing the exterior of King Edward VI School, Sheldon.  Building designed by Associated Architects, built by main contractor Lend Lease

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) academy architectural architecture associated architects birmingham edward king lend lease midlands photography sheldon vi https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2014/10/king-edwards-school-sheldon-birmingham Fri, 03 Oct 2014 11:03:01 GMT
Lincoln University Faculty of Architecture https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2014/9/lincoln-university-faculty-of-architecture This week I found myself photographing part of the campus at Lincoln University, including the new Architecture faculty, designed by Rick Mather.  

 

 

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) Lincoln architectural architecture interior midlands photography rick mather university https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2014/9/lincoln-university-faculty-of-architecture Fri, 12 Sep 2014 21:30:15 GMT
Retaining wall https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2014/8/retaining-wall Some more shots for Tobermore Concrete Products.  Unlike previous shoots, the product here is a retaining wall system.  The site is in Burton on Trent, Staffordshire. 

A feature of this set of images is that I had to paste in a number of the coping blocks and their attendant shadows (the installation wasn't quite complete) - there won't be a prize as such for spotting them, but never mind.  Also, some areas were still wet from an earlier shower, and these have been cloned out.  Some debris had to be removed as well.  Some of this was done in Photoshop.  Some was done with an old-fashioned tool called a 'broom'.

Whilst this was a relatively modest shoot, it does illustrate some principles of architectural photography well.  The most important of this is a combination of orientation, timing and meteorology.  Getting these factors right enabled me to get sunlight on the surfaces in a way which brings out the textures, light in a narrow passageway, and also some indication of what is going on behind the wall, to give it context and relevance.

 

 

 

 

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural burton maplevale midlands perspective photography retaining wall rjk staffordshire staffs sunlight texture tobermore https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2014/8/retaining-wall Tue, 12 Aug 2014 12:50:03 GMT
More paving products https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2014/8/more-paving-products Some more examples of photographic paving products for Tobermore Concrete,  at Bishop Wilson School, Chelmsley Wood, Birmingham.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural birmingham bishop chelmsley concrete paver paving pavior perspective photography school tobermore wilson wood https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2014/8/more-paving-products Mon, 04 Aug 2014 17:36:16 GMT
M.A. https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2014/7/m-a Not long after I set up this business, I started a part-time M.A. in Freelance Photography at Birmingham City University.  Pleased to say this is now completed with a Commendation.

The course was useful in getting to grips with the current, volatile market for professional photography.  It helped in terms of presentation and positioning, and in turning ideas into strategies.

 

m.a. freelance photography Birmingham city universityM.A. notification

 

 

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural architecture birmingham city freelance photography university https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2014/7/m-a Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:01:46 GMT
Barratt Homes https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2014/7/barratt-homes Some shots of showhomes for Barratt Homes at a new development in Worcester

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural architecture barratt home interior midlands photography show showhome https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2014/7/barratt-homes Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:08:39 GMT
Royal Albert Hall https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2014/7/royal-albert-hall Some images from a recent-ish shoot for the Royal Albert Hall, intended for developing their website.

 

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2014/7/royal-albert-hall Fri, 04 Jul 2014 14:59:10 GMT
Birmingham's Hidden Spaces https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2014/7/birminghams-hidden-spaces Recently went to this exhibition in the former Curzon Street Station terminus (Birmingham's 'Euston Arch')  organised by Associated Architects.  A rare chance to seen the interior of this magnificent building.

 

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architects architectural architecture associated bir birmingham hidden midlands photography spaces https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2014/7/birminghams-hidden-spaces Tue, 01 Jul 2014 11:46:43 GMT
Private house https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2014/6/private-house Recent commission for Lloyd-Thomas architects: private residence, Warwickshire

 

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural architecture interior lens midlands perspective photography shift warwickshire https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2014/6/private-house Mon, 30 Jun 2014 17:39:32 GMT
Paving products https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2014/6/paving-products Some images from a recent shoot for Tobermore Concrete, showing paving for the new City of Leicester College.

 

 

 

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural architecture leicester midlands paving perspective photography tobermore https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2014/6/paving-products Wed, 18 Jun 2014 17:08:03 GMT
Photographing in the rain https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2014/5/photographing-in-the-rain Even with the rain beating down on the windscreen, I couldn't resist getting the camera out...

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2014/5/photographing-in-the-rain Fri, 30 May 2014 16:55:58 GMT
Glasgow School of Art https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2014/5/glasgow-school-of-art Saddened to see this on fire today - it holds a particular memory being the first building I ever made a model of, as a student of architecture.

And here is this piece of juvenilia, from 1983.

 

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2014/5/glasgow-school-of-art Fri, 23 May 2014 16:46:34 GMT
Birmingham under the clouds https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2014/5/birmingham-under-the-clouds View to Birmingham centre from Tyseley Station bridge.

 

 

 

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural birmingham photography tyseley https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2014/5/birmingham-under-the-clouds Mon, 19 May 2014 17:12:36 GMT
Good Press Coverage! https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2014/4/good-press-coverage I have to admit to being pretty pleased with this....

http://www.birminghampost.co.uk/business/creative/birmingham-photographer-recognised-bipp-architectural-7054899

A really strong write-up in the region's main professional and cultural newspaper.

But who's the ugly bloke?

"A Birmingham-based professional photographer has received recognition for his architectural photography after being awarded a Licentiateship by the British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP).

Having originally studied architecture, Richard Ellis LBIPP, has been rewarded for his insight into buildings and the way they are constructed.

Mr Ellis started his photography business in 2011 and specialises in architecture and interiors. Clients include construction companies, architects, interior designers, Birmingham City University, and the Royal Albert Hall.

Richard said: “I’m delighted to achieve my first BIPP qualification. It enhances my reputation, gives me a sense of pride, and brings me to the heart of the profession.”

BIPP President, Roy Meiklejon FBIPP, said: “BIPP qualifications are among the most rigorous in the world. Qualification with the BIPP requires hard work, determination, commitment and lots of creativity.”

As the qualifying body of professional photography in the UK, BIPP requires any photographer going for qualification to follow strict criteria and provide a substantial portfolio of commissioned work, together with supporting information about themselves as a professional."

Text by Stacey Barnfield / Birmingham Post

 

 

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural architecture bipp birmingham photography https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2014/4/good-press-coverage Wed, 30 Apr 2014 20:48:16 GMT
Professional Qualification https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2014/4/professional-qualification Having spent years claiming to be a photographer, it's now official!

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural birmingham british institute photography professional https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2014/4/professional-qualification Mon, 07 Apr 2014 17:28:41 GMT
Birmingham Central Library https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2014/3/birmingham-central-library Some images of the new(ish) library taken this afternoon.  Couldn't waste the weather... and one from the evening as well!... and now some interiors

 

Birmingham central library night evening lit illuminated illuminationBirmingham Central Library by night

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural architecture birmingham central francine houben lens library mecanoo perspective photography shift https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2014/3/birmingham-central-library Sun, 09 Mar 2014 23:44:48 GMT
Willmott Dixon Academy https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2014/2/willmott-dixon-academy Willmott Dixon have opened a training centre in Birmingham.  A group of apprentices learn specialist and general building skills in .a purpose-built centre in Witton, on the Junction 6 Industrial Park.

I was commissioned to photograph the apprentices in the building for company publicity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) 4 life academy birmingham building construction dixon trade training willmott https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2014/2/willmott-dixon-academy Sat, 22 Feb 2014 11:51:47 GMT
School Photos https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2014/2/school-photos Some images from a shoot at Christ Church Primary School, Walsall, for Seymour Harris architects, Birmingham

 

 

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural architecture birmingham correction photography school https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2014/2/school-photos Wed, 12 Feb 2014 17:12:33 GMT
Size does matter https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2014/2/size-does-matter Compare these details from, firstly, a cropped format DSLR, and, secondly a 5 x 4 large format film camera.  As viewed on a typical 15.6 inch monitor, the full size images at the same enlargements as the details would be around 48 inches wide: this is especially telling in relation to large prints.

1.  Full image and details, St Albans Cathedral

 

 

2.  Lichfield Cathedral using large format camera

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2014/2/size-does-matter Mon, 03 Feb 2014 15:39:23 GMT
Perspective Correction Photoshop https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2014/1/perspective-correction-photoshop These images were taken using a 17mm Canon TS-E lens. At the time of writing, Nikon's widest angle shift lens is 24mm, so the Canon system has a distinct advantage.

The first image shows no shift in the lens, and is similar to most ultrawide angle shots in that the verticals converge .   The following images show this corrected in Photoshop CS6 (other versions do similar things in slightly different ways) using the lens correction feature.

 

 

Note that the edges are lost due to the distortions making a significant crop necessary.  Typically this increases the effective focal length by 15 - 20%, and means that the corrected picture may have a very different composition to that seen through the viewfinder.

Tomorrow I will demonstrate the difference that using the shift lens can make.

... as promised, the lens is 'shifted' upwards so that the focal and sensor planes are parallel.  The verticals do not converge, and as such appear more natural that those of the uncorrected image.  The very short focal length is used to full effect in that no cropping is necessary.  There is no loss of quality because there is no distortion.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) angle correction lens perspective photoshop shift ultrawide wide https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2014/1/perspective-correction-photoshop Wed, 29 Jan 2014 18:40:07 GMT
Some photos which define the 20th Century https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2014/1/some-photos-which-define-the-20th-century Occasionally I go a bit off-topic... couldn't resist sharing these. http://www.demilked.com/must-see-historical-photos/

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2014/1/some-photos-which-define-the-20th-century Mon, 27 Jan 2014 13:05:36 GMT
Effects of using shift lens https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2014/1/effects-of-using-shift-lens shift lens architectural photographyUsing a shift lens to correct perspective I previously showed diagrams of how to set up a camera with a shift lens.  These illustrations show the results.  Again, they are derived from the manual to my MPP Mk viii field camera.

Below are some images of a similar but inverted approach, with the lens shifted downwards.  This way, the elliptical appearance of the top of the glasses, viewed from aside and above, is combined with keeping the stems vertical.  Some would argue that this is trickery, but in fact the brain would process the image in this way when confronted with the real object rather than a photo. Therefore it is actually a more realistic interpretation.

 

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural architecture interior lens perspective photography shift https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2014/1/effects-of-using-shift-lens Thu, 23 Jan 2014 13:10:01 GMT
More uses of a shift lens https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2014/1/more-uses-of-a-shift-lens Trying to photograph a room with a mirror, and want to avoid awkward reflections?

A lens shifted vertically and/or horizontally can make eradicate this problem.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2014/1/more-uses-of-a-shift-lens Mon, 20 Jan 2014 18:00:03 GMT
Ancient but beautiful large format camera https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2014/1/ancient-but-beautiful-large-format-camera Having put up a post about the principles of a shift lens, using the manual to my ancient MPP large format camera, I thought it might be useful to show the camera itself.  In this photo, the raised lens is clearly visible. This alters the relation of the film and lens planes, and enables perspectives to be corrected.

 

Here's its big brother, a monorail version (made by Toyo, about 30 years ago).  The 5x4 format is identical but it is much more flexible when working with ultrawide lenses.  On the downside, it's unwieldy and needs to be carried around on a trolley. 

Toyo 5x4 monorail camera

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural architecture camera fim format large lens perspective photography shift https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2014/1/ancient-but-beautiful-large-format-camera Wed, 15 Jan 2014 17:28:54 GMT
Principle of Shift Lens https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2014/1/principle-of-shift-lens This diagram, from the handbook to my 50+ year old MPP 5x4 camera, neatly illustrates the use of a shift lens to overcome the classic problem of converging verticals in architectural photographs. 

Of course, these days it's a relatively simple matter to achieve this effect using the tools in Photoshop.  But this does lead to a loss of definition especially in the upper (expanded) part of the image, and the end result does not resemble what was seen through the viewfinder.  Another problem is that if the perspective is corrected in post-processing, some of it will be cropped from the resulting trapezoidal frame; this may cause part of the intended image to be lost.

shift lens architectural photography

A similar principle applies when pointing the camera downwards, and this can be useful when photographing atriums and stairwells:

Of course these principles also have an application in, for example, product and food photography:

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural converging correct lens perspective photography principle shift tilt verticals https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2014/1/principle-of-shift-lens Fri, 10 Jan 2014 00:22:09 GMT
Shoot at MAC (Midlands Arts Centre) Birmingham https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2014/1/shoot-at-mac-midlands-arts-centre-birmingham The photographs in this set are to show MAC's public spaces, and how design, branding and public art are integrated.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) art arts birmingham centre interior mac midlands photography public https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2014/1/shoot-at-mac-midlands-arts-centre-birmingham Fri, 03 Jan 2014 19:08:00 GMT
Example of post-processing https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2013/12/example-of-post-processing A recent image of Heythrop Hall near Oxford, showing 'before and after' Photoshopping.  Shot using Canon 6D with TS-E17 lens.  The shot was taken in very hazy sunlight, so shadows were present but hardly discernible.  Perspective control on camera was fine-tuned in post-processing, and contrast and saturation were greatly increased to counteract the dullness of the original.  The foreground, building and sky were processed in separate layers with feathered (smooth) edges, particularly to make the sky and clouds more dramatic.  This effect was further emphasised by cropping out the immediate foreground which simplifies the composition and increases the proportion of sky in the image.  The building itself was lightened on the left and darkened on the right to restore the appearance of symmetry which can be distorted by the fall of asymmetrical shadows. 

Here, the final image conveys deeper colours than are present in reality - there is often a conflict between technical accuracy and impact.  And you may notice the half closed door has been fully shut!

 

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) CS6 Photoshop architectural balance correction heythrop oxford oxfordshire perspective photography post-processing saturation https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2013/12/example-of-post-processing Sun, 29 Dec 2013 18:48:36 GMT
More lost pubs https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2013/12/more-lost-pubs More images from the Birmingham heritage 'lost pubs' series including: the Royal Oak, Stoney Lane; the Shakespeare, Stratford Road; an unknown pub now the Al-Sultan Steakhouse; and the Clements Arms, Digbeth.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) digbeth house lost pub public pubs road sparkbrook sparkhill stratford https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2013/12/more-lost-pubs Wed, 18 Dec 2013 13:30:22 GMT
Photography Development Weekend https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2013/11/photography-development-weekend Just spent two days at an event organised by Redeye www.redeye.org.uk  looking at a wide variety of aspects of working in professional photography.  Subjects covered ranged from commercial development through to private publicly funded galleries and crowdfunding for personal projects.  Plenty more as well.

Excellent stuff, loads to digest - really recommend this organisation.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) art development funding gallery grain hub marketing personal photography political redeye social https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2013/11/photography-development-weekend Sun, 10 Nov 2013 22:59:28 GMT
Lost Pubs https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2013/11/lost-pubs Some of the many pubs in Birmingham which have been closed down or changed use. 

The Marlborough, Anderton RoadThe Marlborough, Anderton Road

The Marlborough, Anderton Road, Sparkhill

 The Plough and Harrow, Coventry Road, Small Heath The Plough and Harrow, Coventry RoadThe Plough and Harrow, Coventry Road

The Clifton, Clifton RoadThe Clifton, Clifton Road

The Clifton, Clifton Road, Balsall Heath

The Samson and Lion, Green Lane, Bordesley Green

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) converted demolished derelict disrepair disused lost pub pubs https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2013/11/lost-pubs Tue, 05 Nov 2013 23:39:04 GMT
Interior Design images https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2013/10/interior-design-images Here are few images from a recent shoot at the Opus Café, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, for interior designer Suzanne Barnes

 

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) birmingham cafe ikon interior photography https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2013/10/interior-design-images Tue, 22 Oct 2013 18:59:02 GMT
The Michael Balcon Project https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2013/10/the-michael-balcon-project I have been commissioned to provide photographs of locations in Birmingham relating to the filmmaker Michael Balcon who was born in the city.  These include Fort Dunlop, the former Futurist and Odeon Queensway cinemas, the Ikon Gallery (former George Dixon School) and the current George Dixon School, and the Midlands Arts Centre.

Birmingham cinema former Futurist Former Futurist Cinema, John Bright Street

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural birmingham fort Dunlop george dixon school michael balcon photography https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2013/10/the-michael-balcon-project Tue, 01 Oct 2013 12:56:01 GMT
Architectural Photography Workshop https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2013/9/architectural-photography-workshop You've missed it!   but let me know if you have any interest in a future event.  Seriously, I'm getting hundreds of hits on this post so email me via the contact page here and let me know where you're based.  If you want it, I will make it happen!

Ever wanted to know about perspective control, lighting, composition or the useful bits of Photoshop?

I will be running a workshop in Birmingham at MADE, 7 Newhall Square, Birmingham B3 1RU on Friday 4th October from 2 - 5.30pm.

If you are interested, please book in advance, on 07760 295 279 or email Richard@PhotographyArchitectural.co.uk

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) architectural photography seminar workshop https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2013/9/architectural-photography-workshop Fri, 13 Sep 2013 14:37:25 GMT
Liverpool Waterfront https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2013/8/liverpool-waterfront Some photography from a recent trip to Liverpool Waterfront, showing traditional and modern architecture, and some public art.

royal liver building

 

museum of liverpoolport of liverpool cunard royal liver three graces

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) band cunard liverpool museum port of liverpool pumphouse royal liver sailing ship superlambanana three graces https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2013/8/liverpool-waterfront Mon, 12 Aug 2013 11:08:21 GMT
Birmingham City University https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2013/7/birmingham-city-university Some images from a recent shoot for Birmingham City University's marketing department.  These show the Parkside Campus, new home to the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design and the School of Media

 

 

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) Birmingham City University architectural birmingham education library marketing photography https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2013/7/birmingham-city-university Sat, 20 Jul 2013 21:30:15 GMT
Manchester Salford Quays https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2013/6/manchester-salford-quays Manchester, Salford, Quays, Lowry, Theatre, Theater, Stirling, WilfordManchester Salford Quays Mediacity Media City BBCSome recent shots at Manchester Salford Quays using a Toyo large format 5 x 4 film camera, along with DSLR images (Canon 6D with 17mm tilt-shift lens).

 

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richard@photographyarchitectural.net (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis ABIPP) bbc lowry manchester media city mediacity quays salford stirling theater theatre wilford https://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2013/6/manchester-salford-quays Mon, 17 Jun 2013 15:59:50 GMT