We all like to show ourselves in the best possible light and this is no different for our architecture. At all stages of the design process we agonise over presenting our ideas, reports, CGI images, and physical models. So we felt the need to learn, develop or fine tune our photography skills in-house so the final, and ultimately the most long lasting, impression of a building is how we imagined it. 

In came Jon Reid, a professional photographer and great guy, who started us on a course to understand the essence of creating and composing the perfect shot.

His client's include Expedia and Getty Images. He has travelled the world taking photos which you have most likely seen in magazines. The type of image that makes you spend a sum of money on a whim because the place looks so beautiful!

"When I first took a camera with me on a trip, it was to share this emotion with others. Without changing the truth of a scene, I try capture it at its most magical, waiting for the atmosphere to best compliment the scene. Photography has become a way for me to communicate the awe and curiosity I experience when exploring the world. " Jon Reid.

The main thing I remember from the first lesson was Jon saying 'everyone has taken a beautiful photograph' no matter what type of camera we have used. The skill is to imagine a scene and be able to reproduce what you want with the camera. So how do we do this? Keep it simple. Think about light (or exposure in his terms). Exposure can be controlled by 3 controls within a camera. Those are Shutter speed, Aperture, and ISO. If one can understand these 3 controls then the rest is experimentation.

After the first lesson Jon tasked us with finding photos we've taken which show how these 3 controls can manifest themselves. We needed a photo of 'Hard light', 'Contrast', 'Slow shutter speed' and 'Rule of thirds' (which is more about composition which we will cover later). The images below are a collection of our own photographs. However, we can not take credit for the actual built work. 

by Sam.