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Postby DeborahCota » Tue Nov 13, 2007 1:34 am

I am a Fine Art photographer but to pay the bills between jobs, I am an accountant for an Electrical Contractor. I was asked to start taking photos of our newest and highest profile projects.

I am finding that all my architecture photos still LOOK like my fine art stuff...

For instance....I love this photo...but was told it was "too moody" for a Construction portfolio....Suggestions please??? What am I not seeing? :shock:

Telling me it's too moody is not helpful...
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Postby johnwalkeasy » Tue Nov 13, 2007 9:15 pm

Deporah, This photo is to moody. Lol, just kidding. I think for the purpose of what your doing. you photos should be in color.
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Postby revad » Wed Nov 14, 2007 11:57 am

Flatter light and colour will kill the mood ;)
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Postby DeborahCota » Wed Nov 14, 2007 12:06 pm

This IS a color photo, but I 'Shop'd it into a B & W because in color it's BORING!!!

I'll post it later and you'll see.

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Postby johnwalkeasy » Wed Nov 14, 2007 7:18 pm

Also it might be more efective if people were in the pictures. Perhaps workmen doing some installtion.
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Postby Singular » Wed Nov 14, 2007 8:31 pm

First of all, let me start by saying that this is a very well done photo. Now to get to your dilemma, I must first agree with what Revad said. The lighting will have a lot to do with the mood. Also, b&w photos are very hard to not be seen as artictic. In my opinion, in order to rid a photograph of it's artisticness in order to make it "more fitting for an acrchitecture firm", you may want to consider a few things. Get rid of the elements. Anything that will give it artistic merrit should be ignored. You do not want to be artistic. You want to portray a structural rendering.

Therefore, you need to concentrate on what makes that structure desirable. If it has amazing high beams, then you should take it lying down on the ground to show it off from an extreme point of view. If it has beautiful columns with great detail, then you want to take it right in the middle to show it's symmetry and balance with a wide angle lens. If it has beautiful marble floors, take it from the 3rd floor lobby, looking down.

So when looking for the right shot, don't consider the sunset, or the way the rays of sunlight peak through the windows. Look for the structural highlights and expose them.

Just a few thoughts. Good luck with whatever you decide.

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Postby DeborahCota » Wed Nov 14, 2007 11:26 pm

OK...that makes sense...

The master disc of the color photo is at my office. When I get a minute I will post it also.

This is the same tower lying on the floor...
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Postby DLKeur » Thu Nov 15, 2007 10:12 am

Well, I would think the contractor would be thrilled, and my husband owns a general contracting business, so I do have a small leg to stand on. However, anything that doesn't look square, polished, ultimately professional, and doesn't demonstrate the fine craftsmanship is going to be discarded.
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Postby Singular » Thu Nov 15, 2007 10:16 am

DeborahCota wrote:OK...that makes sense...

The master disc of the color photo is at my office. When I get a minute I will post it also.

This is the same tower lying on the floor...


Very nice. What a great comparison. the first image was very nicely done, but more artistic. This second image is fantastic and perfect for what you are trying to convey.

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