Architectural Photography Workshops

Two Day Architectural photography workshop

Architectural photography possibly presents one of the most interesting and fascinating of image making disciplines. After all architecture is where we live and work: it is all around us and sometimes we take it for granted. Yet architecture exerts a fundamental influence on our lives like no other art form. Therefore photographing it can be a lot more difficult than it might seem. During this two-day workshop we will explore Rome's more modern aspect. Starting on Saturday at the EUR zone to the south of the city. Started by Mussolini, but incomplete by the outbreak of WWII, it was finally completed in the sixties after the city council realised it had a semi-finished, modern, funtional and car friendly out-of-town business centre perfectly suited to match the Italian post-war economic recovery and the iconic Italian design of the period.
On day two we will "roam" more of Rome's streets to capture architecture from the late 19th century up to the present day. Such as the XVII Olympic Games complex; the Garbatella 1920's Garden City suburb, Richard Meier's Ara Pacis Museum or perhaps the Auditorium "Parco della Musica" by Renzo Piano built for the turn of the Millenium, or the new MAXXI museum by Iranian architect Zaha Hadid.
In fact the dawn of the new millenium seems to have sparked a new building spree in Rome not seen since the sixties. See Erica Firpo's travel article for the BBC. http://www.bbc.com/travel/feature/20121116-romes-new-architectural-renaissance



Each day will comprise around 8 to 9 hours shooting plus lunch and a couple of coffee breaks.
The topics we will cover will be

  • The technique of Architectural photography
  • Composition: symetrical vs assymetrical, perspectives, framing, close up and details, putting it into context and juxtaposition
  • Exposure
  • Hyper focal length
  • Colour temperature control
  • Tilt/shift and the Scheimpflug rule
  • Selective focusing
  • Shooting panoramics and stitching with photoshop or other stitching software
  • Use of polarizing and N.D. filters
  • The approach used by some of the masters of architectual photography


The workshops are held over the weekend, particularly to avoid weekday traffic at the EUR. Both days consist of eight hours shooting and tutition, plus time spent reviewing your photographs. Transport will be provided to each location and we will meet at a central pick-up point most convinient for the participants. Please make sure you bring your own tripod along with of course your camera.
Workshops are held at weekends between mid March and the end of October. Start and finish times may vary according to the lighting conditions throughout this period.
To take place there must be a minimum of three participants booked.
The programme could be subject to variation owing to local conditions.
Cost per person, for two days, is € 400. Maximum participants 6 persons.
Price includes transport to and from locations. Any meals or drinks are excluded.

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