25 years since Photoshop hit the market. As a traditional airbrush retoucher, I was a little hesitant to use this new program when it came out. There were no layers, computers were slower than heck. As there were no digital cameras, all images had to be scanned by an outside company. Usually a prepress house. Unless you had a new item called a flatbed scanner – I used to set up a scan of a grayscale image and it took so I long I could walk up to the gas station by my office and get a soda before it was done. You really couldn’t retouch anything that was large. The basic agency macs just couldn’t handle the file sizes or the processing needed. Adobe photoshop has come a long way since the early days. The videos I create always have a super or an animated 3d skin that originated in photoshop. My professional retouching and illustration work almost always includes some form of photoshop work. Adobe Photoshop has also allowed me put that finishing touch on all my professional photography projects. Whether it’s architectural, interior real estate or just basic product photography, Photoshop is always in the mix. Happy 25th Birthday Adobe Photoshop.
These architectural photos were shot for a construction company’s portfolio. Most times I would avoid a noon hour shoot but this one worked out well. The design’s long lines reminded me of some of the buildings from the early to mid 20th century. The northern exposure provided some nice shadow areas for contrast. The landscaping provided a nice compliment to the building’s front entrance.
I shot this architecture photo a couple times. The landscaping was in process during the first two visits so I ended up retouching the image a little to help it along. The grass was partially finished so I cloned some of it into place being sure to provide a compressed and softer look as the grass moved out of the focus area. The flags were at halfmast so I needed to bring them up for the client’s final photo. On the final visit for this shot, the landscaping had wooden stakes with bright orange ribbons to keep pedestrians off the new grass. Great for the grass – bad for the photographer… These were shot on the weekends to avoid any parked cars or people around the entrance. While this shot had the dramatic wide angle look, I also provided a couple with a normal look. The street lights were a little tricky to shoot around so I provided a couple options.
I shot this photo for Langer Roofing. This is from a series of architectural photographs for a calendar used to promote the company’s visibility. The company handles high and steep roofs like church steeples and high rise buildings.
I was a little surprised to see this Alterra coffee shop on my building photo list. I usually shoot larger structures for this client. This was probably the biggest coffee house I’ve been in. This building photo was a little more challenging due to the north facing wall – but it had a really cool bakery inside. They have stools lined up along the baking area so you can have a coffee and watch how they make all the baked goods they sell in the front of the shop. I had a little bit of time before the sun went down behind the building so it was a great place to wait it out. I had a huge cookie and a parfait – I was stuffed. This was located at 2301 S. Kinnickinnic in Milwaukee.
This was another photo from the same day. The architectural photo was taken fairly close, so the wide angle lens provides some nice vertical movement toward the sky. As I mentioned in the previous post, I really like the way this building is designed. While the roof sections were modern in materials, it still reminded me of some of the old churches I had seen in Mexico.
This building had a really neat shape to the upper area of the roof. The design element continues down the right wall offering a nice perspective to the horizon line. I shot this one during Labor Day weekend. If you’re trying to avoid foot traffic and parked cars, 3 day weekends usually work well for these types of locations. The dry weather this year has made a mess of the landscaping for exterior photographs. This one had minimal retouching in the grass areas and the smaller trees. You can visit here to see additional architectural photography. Photo taken in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on 9/3/2012.