Posts in Category: Real Estate

Burj Khalifa Interior Design

On my previous journey I had the opportunity to capture some interior design photos of a luxury residential apartment in Burj Khalifa, the worlds tallest building.

Architecture Photography by Michael Kelley

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:

  • How to get started with minimal gear
  • How to bounce flash effectively
  • Using natural light to your advantage
  • Properly composing your frame
  • Choosing the correct focal length
  • How to retain exterior window views
  • Two, three, and four light setups
  • Correcting pincushion and barrel distortion
  • Fixing converging lines in Photoshop
  • Creating a final image completely in camera

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.

  • Mike’s Twilight Exterior Technique
  • Advanced light painting and compositing
  • Tethering to an ipad/iphone
  • Using scrims to control reflections/specular highlights
  • The “Moody Interior Twilight Shot”
  • Faking warm sunlight
  • Staging furniture for strong compositions

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.

  • Creating twilight images while a restaurant is open for business
  • Incorporating people into your photography
  • Lighting multi room locations
  • Replacing details in Photoshop
  • Lighting large banquet halls
  • How to create an inviting atmosphere

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.