Hi, my name is Temitope Adegbite. An event and portrait photographer based in Lagos, Nigeria. I recently deviated into Architectural photography, one month from now. Like every other aspect in photography, architectural photography also has its own techniques, I have been teaching and practicing on my own. However, I have adopted a technique by Mike Kelley which allows me to merge different layers of the same composition. I feel this technique is better than our regular HDR (High Dynamic Range) because it gives you full control while editing. On this post I will be sharing with you my experience on my first assignment as an architectural photographer.
Judging from the look of the image above, you all will agree with me that the image sets the mood for such an environment but it didn’t take just one shot to archive this. To begin with, I had to get my composition right, then I shot different exposures (as many as I could).
I was shooting minutes before sunset (Twilight Hour), on that day the sun happened to be setting in a different location. But I was determined to get my sky, exposing for the sky at F/16, ISO 100 and 1/30sec.
I had my sky but it was getting dark so I began to light each and every object one after the other as you can see in the images below with the help of my assistant shooting through a tethered laptop.
The mall happened to run their businesses all through the week so we had no choice but to shoot while business was going on. On the left and right corners are their Terrace Cafes. From the beginning I knew what I wanted my final image to look like so i had to wait couple of hours till the cafes were running and the interior lights were turned on.
With everything done I had to wait an hour more just to get the far down right interior view without any of the waitresses in my shot (patient is key in photography).
…Well the remaining process happened in Lightroom and Photoshop.