Adding People to Architectural Shots

Otto Construction

Project: Riverview Dorms CSUS, Sacramento, California, USA

The Architect did a great job designing this building. The kitchen and corner areas were designed to take in the views of the river. I particularly like the addition of a person reclining on the couch, adding to the natural, real feeling of the center photo.

We were able to succeed in capturing the photo’s with and without people. Movement using people humanizes the photo’s. Although sometimes difficult to provide people in the shots at dawn and dusk, we were able to achieve this, thanks to Otto Construction. Having the pre production scouting shots done prior to the shoot we were able to know where we wanted people for all of our final shots, no guess work.

Bedding, props, and artwork were not provided in the dorm rooms. Otto Construction brought in all the bedding and props all I had to do is style the shot. I particularly like the contrasting colors of the bedding in these rooms. I added the artwork on the walls in photoshop.

Ed Asmus

Ed Asmus Photography

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Here is a quick look at a building in Natomas, short deadline.

DesCore Buillders & Vitae Architecture

I have always have used pre production scouting to tie down the scope of work and address any problems prior to a photoshoot. This has always been a great tool and makes for cost effective photo shoot. In this assignment everything was due in a week, the only problem is that there was a chain link fence around the property which had to come down in order to get great photo’s. The scouting identified the main problem and on Monday the fence came down, shoot at dusk on Monday, back at dawn, any pick up shots on Tuesday at dusk, photoshop on Wednesday, delivered to the client on Thursday one day before the deadline.

Here is a final with the fence down, clean, crisp and colorful. With massive trees behind me I wanted a warm glow in the glazing but the trees were to big to do that. I decided to have the trees frame the shot and have the trees reflecting in the glazing for the final.

These shots had a north orientation which meant no sunlight on the north side of the building until June. The only solution was to shoot at pre sunrise and dusk. I actually like the dusk shots better the pre sunrise shots and these kind of shots always depends on the building orientation.

After the major exteriors were completed at dawn, I flew the drone to capture some birds eye views of the project.

On the interiors there was a major problem holding detail in the light fixtures, the solution was to bracket five shots and put those shots in an HDR program to reduce the contrast in the ceiling. The exterior interior view was something that just caught my eye and had to shoot some variations of this shot.

Ed Asmus

Ed Asmus Photography

916 996 7560

Sierra College Kitchen Remodel

Nacht & Lewis Architects

I always like a one point perspective it’s simple and both sides of the photo just pulls your eyes into the photo. I would have preferred to have all of the trays filled with food but because of Covid-19 the kitchen has remained closed, so we do the best we can with good clean composition.

All of these shots we had a team of three people to help clean the space. With the school shutdown because of the Covid-19 we had lots of cleanup to do. Since we do not have any color in the trays for the food, I decided to add some movement of people for human interest.

Lots of cleaning the stainless steel and all of the glass counters had tons of dust on them, major cleanup to get the finals shots.

Ed Asmus

Ed Asmus Photography

916 996 7560

Golden West School

Manteca, California, USA

DLR Group

My plan was to set up at pre sunrise, turn on any interior and exterior lighting and shoot from a 12′ ladder. The idea was good but when you got to the top of the ladder we got to see all the mechanical equipment on the roof, cancel that idea.

I do like this shot and carefully placing the fence in the foreground eliminates the pavement.

I always like to have as many partial views as possible.

We move back inside after we complete our exteriors. Our client wanted to have some people in the shots to help humanize the spaces.

This works for being in open shade, nice scale of placement of the people.

Clean, simple make it look real and shoot the final image.

I think we covered all of the areas that we needed to shoot.

I like this shot not to busy with to many people in the shot.

Ed Asmus

Ed Asmus Photography

Normandy Medical Center, Stockton, Ca.

All of my work involves pre production scouting, it ties down the scope of work, answers problems prior to the photo shoot and I get to decide what is best for each illustration.
Excellent use of stong colors and these shots had an western exposure with glazing, harsh daylight entering the space the solution shoot at dusk when the outside light values start to change, this was determined thru the pre production scouting.

It’s aways nice to shoot one point perspectives it just pushes your eyes into the composition. This also had to be done after the sun went down to lower the contrast out the exterior windows.

I always like to shoot over the paritions to get a birds eye view which just adds depth the the final illustration. We always like to include a typical exam room, excellent color, rasting colors and great artwork.

Client: WMB Architects

Ed Asmus
Architectural, People & Done Services
Ed Asmus Photography

Dry Creek School, Antelope, California

Pre production scouting tied down the scope of work. It was determined from the scouting the we wanted to shoot at pre sunrise and have all of the interior and exterior lights on. In this case was had to have a extra person in the building to keep the lights on from the motion sensors. Our second shot was from a Drone which gave us a birds eye view .
Pick an angle that is clean, simple, set the furniture, remove any clutter, with years of practice, it just makes this process easy. I actually like the metal mixed with the wood, the woods just adds enough warmth to pull your eyes into the composition. The second shot it always nice to pick a birds eye view, this let’s you see over the partitions and just adds lots of depth the the final illustration.
It’s always nice to pick a birds eye view to be able to see over the partitions in these kind of shots, it just adds lots of depth in the final illustration. Good clean composition, contrasting colors and shot at the right time of the day to mix the light from the skylights, timing is everything.
There are two versions to this shot, one shot the blinds are open with daylight coming into the space, the outside light is a distraction to me. The next version is with the blinds down, this just balances the composition, adding some blue light out the windows just adds some depth.

Client: Nacht & Lewis Architects & Otto Construction.

Ed Asmus
Architectural People & Drone Services
Ed Asmus Photography
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Cable Residence

The Cable Residence, Carmichael, California, USA

It’s all about timing picking the right weather coordinating the lighting and delivering.

Move in closer for a detail shot.

Add a fire and capture the outdoor dining area.

Need to shoot as view views you can get inside and outside at dusk, must move quickly.

Always nice to capture the entry, had to run power cords & hide them to add lighting to lamp in the foreground.

Shooting at dusk always allows for use the outside light as a contrasting colors.

Ed Asmus

Ed Asmus Photography

Private Residence Chico, California

Shot with supplemental lighting, pick the angles, clean, accessorize and wait until the light values start dropping outside to show off the interiors, then I good to go.

Shot with available light only, timing is everything, just wait for the outside light values to drop and then move on to the next shot.

Shot with supplemental lighting and waiting until the light values change outside soe we can have some contrasting colors.

Shot with available light only, five sshots combined in HDR to lower the contrast in the lights and the windows over the bed. It a wrap.

Ed Asmus

Architectural, People, & Drone Photography

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