Interview with Architectural Photographer, Scott DuBose, California
What made you decide to go in for architecture photography in particular?
I’ve loved the idea of producing photographs for most of my life. When I was very young I remember being jealous of a friend taking pictures with his parents’ camera which seems to me to have been a Kodak Brownie… this was probably in the late 60’s. My mother set an example as the photographer of the family; I appreciate the memories she has produced with a camera. I dabbled in film photography for years but was not always happy with the results. Then came the computer, I enjoyed scanning film and slides and experimenting with Photoshop. I consider those years as practice for what I do now.
I have an engineering degree and love using technology. Aside from the creative aspects, I believe the technical requirements of architectural photography are what draw me. Architectural photography requires precision and a methodical approach not required by some forms of photography.
How do you choose the final images for clients who order interior/exterior shots? And how many shots would you normally take on an average architectural photo session?
I work quickly on site if I’m alone, choosing what I feel are the best compositions to show the space, especially connecting spaces to give the rooms a context within the home. I shot close to 400 homes for real estate clients last year, so I pretty much know what angles work for that market. Most real estate clients want wide shots to show the space and help the rooms appear larger than they may actually be.
If I’m shooting for a stager or remodeler or architect, the shoot is done with clients on-site and we take time to discuss compositions, and view shots with the camera tethered to my laptop. A standard real estate shoot is comprised of 15-20 images shot and processed relatively quickly, while the higher end shoots include maybe 10 images with more time spent in post-processing to ensure quality.
What, in your opinion, are the major benefits of specializing in architectural photography as opposed to other more general forms of photography? Apart from economizing on renting or investing in a studio
I get to work in the most beautiful homes in a beautiful part of the world. After the shoot I work from home, have fairly flexible hours, and there is a seemingly unquenchable need for quality photos to help sell homes or sell home services.