Fiona Gire

L’ÉCOLE NATIONALE SUPÉRIEURE D’ARCHITECTURE DE MONTPELLIER

Hi I'm Fiona Gire, I am studying architecture in L’ÉCOLE NATIONALE SUPÉRIEURE D’ARCHITECTURE DE MONTPELLIER.  I am working as an intern for Cala Studio as part of my year studying abroad in Alicante University.

Instead of working as an intern in an architect office I decided to look at another related business to get a more rounded understanding of business and to better understand architectural photography which will be helpful in future collaborations when I become a qualified architect.

Part 2 - Shooting Day

When the shooting day arrives, the photographer has to go to the client’s property that may be situated near or far from his office. Sometimes it can be necessary to drive two hours or more for which often means that the entire day is taken up to photograph just one house.

A pre-work is also asked of the client (prepare/clean the house) in order to have it ready for the photo session.

Arriving at the shooting place, the photographer does a round of the house or flat to see how many rooms he has to shoot and to open all the windows and curtains to bring the natural light inside.

Setting Up

The photographer sets up his tripod and lights and finds a good composition for the shot. One photograph is usually composed of many individual images which are later combined to make the final shot. So during the photoshoot, it’s important to touch nothing in the set because if something changes, the photographer has to take all the pictures again. Also, when some tables are included in the house, it’s nice to have them set to give more life into the picture, for example with a breakfast. It takes part of the details that make a picture look nicer and more interesting.

In each room not only one picture and one point of view is taken but a lot with different angles and light contrasts to highlight some details for example.

Lighting

Moreover when the light isn’t as he wishes, the photographer use a flash in different positions inside or outside the room to achieve a more polished image.

The lighting is one of the main important jobs of the photographer, creating an atmosphere that talks to us thanks to the light and makes it natural like a sunny morning for example, but also to emphasize shape, textures and 3 dimensions.

Finally a shooting can take from two hours up to an entire day that why all details are important to take account to avoid the waste of time but also to have a good result at the end.