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RTE’s Rebellion, some of the buildings it was filmed in

Many of us have tuned in over the last few Sunday nights to watch “Rebellion” RTE’s latest period drama. Based around the 1916 Easter Rising the story is a drama rather than a documentary and sections of it were filmed inside two really interesting period homes that I was asked to photograph last year. The homes were side by side and both in various levels of decay. They were 2 family homes of the Guinness Family, one built around the 1850s and the other build just after the turn of the century. So for those of you who would like to see a little bit more of these spectacular homes, here you go:

The North house, built around 1908:

The South house, built around 1850:

As a commercial photographer who specialises in architecture, interiors, construction and hospitality, I am lucky enough to get to see some really interesting homes and buildings. However this was one of the most interesting homes I have ever been lucky enough to have photographed.

Architectural photography at night or in twilight

I love the look of architectural photography at night time or more specifically during twilight and as it is getting dark. It can create great marketing images, bringing out the “I want” in a person, “I want to live there”, “I want to stay there”, etc. It allows the photographer add light to create the look the client desires or that he / she is looking for. There is a magic time when the light inside and out is just nicely balanced.

However only sometimes is it as simple as clicking and the final image is produced. Often in Dublin as with the rest of Ireland the weather does not play ball. Sometimes the building is not completed. On occasion the lights do not work properly or the tree is covering the foreground with leaves.

Here is the rear of a very nice home in Dublin:

Architectural photograph. this is a single exposure of the rear of a house in Dublin at twilight.

Architectural photograph. this is a single exposure of the rear of a house in Dublin at twilight.

Clearly this is not an image that makes you think “wow, I want”

So some light Light has to be added:

Light painted architectural exterior

Light painted architectural exterior

It is still not just there. The eye is drawn to the scaffolding. The garden look untidy. While the inside does not look perfect. Now has to be fixed up in photoshop:

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Architectural photo of the rear of a home in Dublin Ireland.

This is the modern version of light painting. In this case I control the camera remotely, and walk through the scene adding light to elements that I want highlighted. This is done over multiple exposures, for example one exposure may be for the tree having light added, the next exposure might be for the grass, and another photo may be for the exterior of the home. Here is a short video to show how it comes together.

Architectural and Interiors Photography – Behind the Scenes

Over the coming months I intend to publish a few blog posts showing some of what goes on behind the scenes when creating the final image for the client. Architectural and Interiors Photography allows businesses make a first impression on future clients and tell them a story about their service, product, property or business. a great image can really help make the right impression.

Here is a simple before and after showing the importance of post production when creating an image.

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This is a video showing the exposures used and changes made to an image when creating an interior twilight shot.

Sometimes the changes seem subtle but each change helps make a great architectural photograph.

Here I take you through the tough process while showing you the lighting that goes into great hotel photography.

It is very important to stress, with architectural and interior photography that the above photos were taken with the final image in mind, each exposure had a specific task and was taken to enhance the final image. All the post production is done using mainly Photoshop CC or Photoshop PS6. The videos were created using Premiere Pro CC. Over the next while I will show you what is in my camera bag and include some details on why lenses, lights and other gear I use.