again I have visited Dubai to combine recreation with adventure and photography. I have also been given the opportinity to create photos of the stunning residence of Mr. and Mrs. Cantonnet, two celebrities known from a movie about living in the Burj Khalifa. The cover image gives a small insight into that beautiful residence.
I just returned from a short city trip around Scandinavia where I visited Copenhagen and Stockholm. Scandinavian architecture is known for its innovative design and the use of wood and other eco-friendly materials. On this journey, I mainly focused on the award-winning architecture of some larger buildings.
Finally, a new set of travel photos is there! I just returned from a one-week stay in Dubai and had my camera gear with me most of the time. It has already been my second trip to the Emirates, but there was still a lot to discover. As usual, I focused on architectural features but also did some aerial photography and other. One location I like to emphasize on this post is the Tomo Japanese Restaurant & Bar on top of the Raffles Hotel. This place not only offers excellent japanese cuisine and cocktails, but also an incredible panoramic view of the Dubai Skyline as you can see on the cover photo above. I convinced myself of this great experience to have dinner under clear blue sky at the Tatami Terrace of Tomo Restaurant. The other photos of my trip can be seen in the gallery below.
This post is dedicated to Los Angeles based professional architecture photographer Michael Kelley. All of his current photos and related projects can be found on his website www.mpkelley.com
Michael is a specialist in creating atmospheric photos of real estates and interiors. Therefore he has perfected a technique to produce incedible lighting environments of the locations presented in the photos.
The creation of these professional images involves a very large amount of time for location scouting, setting up camera gear, analyzing light conditions, doing test shots, performing the actual shooting from various perspectives and post-processing. I am truly impressed by his expertise and therefore I have asked Michael for a permission to share his work on my website. Here is a gallery of some real estates and interiors shot with his technique which he himself calls »light painting with speedlights«. Please note that this is copyrighted material.
The great thing about his photography is that there is a 7 hour video tutorial that has been produced by www.fstoppers.com and Michael Kelley. The tutorial can be purchased online for USD 299,00 via this link.
I have watched the video tutorial with enthusiasm and I highly recommend this to everyone interested in real estate photography and post-processing. Also, I am confident that my photos can be seriously improved if I follow the advice given by Michael. Here is the description of all chapters included in the video tutorial as it can be found on the fstoppers website:
Real Estate Photography: In the Real Estate section, Mike will teach you everything you need to know about this genre so you can kick start your career and start producing images for real estate agents, listing agents, and general property management. All of the basics will be covered in this chapter including:
In addition to “building your foundation”, Mike also talks candidly about how he found success in the real estate market, and how you too can build a money making business shooting properties for sale.
Architecture and Interior Photography: This chapter focuses on how to create photographs for higher paying clients like architects, home builders, interior designers, and magazine editorials. With the ground work already laid down, Mike focuses on streamlining your workflow and pushing your images into actual works of art. While on location at an actual architect’s personal home, Mike walks you through eight flagship images from initial capture all the way through the final photoshop editing process. We have also included a full Photoshop PSD file of a twilight exterior images so you can follow along as Mike teaches every step in creating his signature look.
Commercial and Advertising Photography: In this final section, Mike takes you on the set of two commercial spaces and demonstrates how to produce perfect images for restaurants, hotels, wedding venues, resorts, and other commercial clients. Emphasis will be placed on meeting your clients needs and lighting images according to the use of the space.
Additionally, Mike will also cover the business of commercial and advertising photography including how to market yourself, how to build residual income through image licensing, finding and maintaining clients, and pricing your work.
Today I took my camera gear to a business area in the east of Munich to create some high dynamic range photos of some high rise buildings.
The images show some industrial-style office towers that are all linked together by sky bridges where one of it is publicly accessible as a sky lounge. Today the sky was pretty cloudy which normally is great for high dynamic range photos – however the effect did not show as intensively as I wanted it. Check out the results: