Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Retouching Images

Making adjustments to images in post production is critical for showing properties in their best light.  The architectural photographer's goal is to enhance without misrepresentation by removing visual distractions to the particular composition.  Below are three of my recent projects:

Shipley's Grant in Ellicott City, Maryland's Clubhouse.  My post production included patching the burnt lawn and removing the distracting signage in the foreground and the construction equipment in the background:


Annapolis Towne Centre, Annapolis, Maryland.  Here my post production included removing the construction crane and correcting the color in the very mixed lighting of the scene:

909 New Jersey Avenue, SE, Washington, DC.  Here my post production included adding in detail I saved from a scouting shoot. When I first scouted the site the swimming pool was open.  On shoot day, the pool was closed for the season.  So, I went to my archives, found the scouting images and rebuilt the image as follows:

Initial scouting image:

 Day of photography image:
Initial scout and photography day combined and distracting light poles removed in post production:
Todd A. Smith is a No. VA, VA, Washington DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY architectural photographer with offices in Alexandria, VA and Spring Lake, NJ. Please visit to see examples of his architectural photography.