12.2 SCHEDULING PHOTOGRAPHY – PART II: DURING THE SHOOT

If you are thinking about getting your project photographed professionally then this three part series could provide helpful answers to your questions. Part I of the series dealt with questions that may arise before commissioning photography. Part II deals with some questions that could arise during the actual photographic shoot. If your questions have not been answered pop me an e-mail.

How long does a photo session take?

It really depends on the specific case. As a general guide, for one day we can shoot 1 twilight, 4-5 exteriors and 1-2 interior shots. The light for exterior photography is best early in the morning and late afternoon. During the midday photography can concentrate on the interiors. Large complex projects could take many days, while a simple small building could be a day or two. Interiors generally take more time because of the lighting and staging that is normally required. Twilight or dusk shots also take time to get the right light. Digital photography can be quicker on site than film but can require more time for post processing. Providing a site and floor plans of the building and GPS coordinates can help with pre-planning the photography. Using apps such as PhotoPills, Helios and Sun Seeker the photographer can determine the path of the sun and moon on a specific day fairly precisely ahead of time.

How do we deal with poor weather conditions?

Yes the weather is not always predictable, although today we can often get a 10-day weather forecast for most locations. I have found that it is possible to work in intermittent weather conditions by working on the interior when it is overcast or raining and then, by keeping a close eye of the weather conditions, quickly set up on the exterior when the sun is out. If one plans photography at the times of the year when it tends to be drier then it is rare to end up with really inclement weather that prevents all exterior photography. It is also prudent to plan a spare day in case it is necessary and feasible to reschedule the shoot on the following day.

Does the architect or the building owner have to be at the photo session?

It is not necessary for the architect or the building owner to be present at the photo session, although they are both certainly welcome. I do prefer to meet the architect for a few moments and have a quick walk around when I first arrive at the site. Ideally our team can then be left alone and trusted to produce great images.

Sometimes owners or building managers have concerns about privacy and interruptions: how can we deal with these issues?

Good communication is key and can alleviate anxieties and concerns. Understanding the concerns allows us to plan to minimize disruptions and to work around the project unobtrusively.

Next  – Part III: After the Shoot