By the end of the course, you should be able to do the following:
- List the ideal key camera settings and techniques employed to create high-quality architectural images.
- Outline the initial aspects and elements of a photographic image that draw the beholder’s attention.
- Identify the four basic kinds and structures of volumetric space as researched and taught to cinematic photographers.
- Describe commonly used techniques for recording an expanded dynamic range of light along with an expanded field of view in your images.
- Apply the knowledge gained towards enhancing your own personal abilities of visual perception.
Your online learning will include the following methods:
- Participation in written discussions with other students
- Participation in videoconference seminars
- Photography "assignments" to carry out yourself
For Liberal Arts for 55+ Certificate students: you will write a reflective essay.
Week 1: Building exteriors: Cityscapes, urban plazas, streetscapes, and facades
We will explore the general principles of architectural photography –focusing on building form, quality of light, and the importance of context. We’ll define “architecture” and “urban design”. We will touch on recommended camera settings and types of gear commonly employed.
Week 2: Composition: Art and science of two-dimensional visual communication
We’ll learn about the impacts of the history of the two-dimensional arts and the emerging sciences of human vision. We’ll tackle four compositional challenges:photographing contrasting light, edges of objects and elements, volumetric space, and the illusion of three-dimensional depth.
Week 3: Building interiors: Photographing volumetric space with depth
We will cover the general principles of architectural photography, focusing on indoor behavioural settings designed for people and their activities. Based on your questions, you will learn about the most appropriate camera orientations and locations along with how varying lens focal lengths serve multiple objectives.
Week 4: Image editing: Pre-visualization, software techniques and workflow
We’ll discuss image editing, with instructor demonstrations, based on RAW files you can choose to submit. We’ll learn about maximizing image data collection, and cover high dynamic range imaging and panoramic imaging using the latest version of Lightroom Classic software.
Books, materials and resources
You will access reading material using SFU's online course management system, Canvas.