Due to the remote location of Easter Island, it has some of the darkest skies you will see anywhere, but these skies are just as elusive as they are brilliant. Being a small island in the heart of the Pacific there is a constant influx of clouds that unpredictably roll in and out at a moments notice. Over the course of the entire week that I spent here, I had one opportunity to capture the Milky Way and only about a two hour window to make it happen. I chose the epic ceremonial site of Ahu Tongariki which boast the largest of Moai to be transported across the island. With15 Maoi standing strong, they were the perfect silhouette to this blanket of stars accented by the quarry site of Rano Raraku peaking out in the distance.
In order to capture the Milky Way in this manner I had to read a few books by some professional photographers to learn the unorthodox camera settings that I almost never use. For those of you looking to get into this kind of shooting Nightscape by David Kingham is a good place to start.
The newly renovated Penthouse at the Hilton on South Beach is not only unique to the Hilton Hotel itself, but unique to Miami Beach in general. This one of a kind unit features state of the art interior design for the living area, with two balconies that have million dollar beach views, a full kitchen, two bedrooms, and don’t forget the private rooftop pool overlooking the Atlantic.
We approached this shoot with the goal of making it look as naturally lit as possible. Once again strobe lighting came into play to balance the beach views with the interior and offered a clean look to the final images.
Interior Designer Michael Dawkins recently launched the opening of his huge New York City showroom and as his go to professional advertising photographer, he had us fly in from Miami to photograph it. With it he brings his contemporary vision for high-end furniture, accessories and product design to The Big Apple. For this shoot we focused on shooting a lot of details and vignettes for Michael’s advertising campaigns. With some key dramatic lighting accents and shot angles we got some strong, edgy material for him to use. The distinct architectural lines in his showroom, as well as his custom black laquered flooring made an interesting setting for his unique furniture pieces to be photographed in.
Although Craig Denis is a professional photographer based in Miami, he travels anywhere for a photographic project. Visit his official website www.craigdenis.com to learn more.
Artefacto is a Brazilian furniture design company that is making a huge impact on the Miami luxury condo scene. They are not only in the business of selling high-end modern furniture to interior designers and private clients, but they design and furnish model units for some of the newest condo’s in the South Florida area. The project featured here is from Ocean House, a beautiful condo in a key location right off Ocean Drive on South Beach over looking the Atlantic. Given that the images from this shoot are going to be used in Artefacto’s advertising editorials, we had to give the final images the clean, neutral look that Artefacto is known for. Using professional photography lighting techniques and color correcting gels as well as strategic strobing effects to balance the outdoor day scenes, I was able to give myself a good head start for post production. The images from this shoot can be seen as double page spreads in Florida Design, Aventura Magazine, and many other South Florida periodicals.
In this beast of a post production project for Artefacto I was once again asked to make miracles happen to turn this showroom model unit for the soon to be Grove at Grand Bay in Coconut Grove, Miami into what looks like a penthouse apartment sitting room. In the before and after images above you can see that the room I was dealing with presented many challenges. As many commercial photographers know, preconception of the final image in post production had to be thought about while the shoot was happening. The view from the before image features a row of fake floor to ceiling windows with a printed picture of what the view will be. Artefacto’s creative team provided me with the original photos taken to print the window view, I then had to free transform and perspective control those files to fit exactly over the printed windows. Strategic professional photography lighting was set on location to bring the After image to life and further color balance was required in photoshop to give the room a daylight look to match the dropped in view from the outside. The final image is going to be used for Artefacto’s advertising campaign for this location and will be featured as a double page spread in Ocean Drive Magazine and Florida Design
Check out my previous “Before and After” post to see a little video I put together for more before and after architectural photography samples.
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Professional Photographer Craig Denis sheds some light on a few images from his Interior and Architectural Photography archive. The before and after images in the above videos demonstrate what great lighting can do to enhance a photograph. These images have made for great advertising photography campaigns for his commercial clients.
Craig is currently based in Miami, Florida but is willing to travel anywhere for a photo shoot.
Yacht Club at Brickell is an AIMCO run property down in the high-end Brickell area of Miami. Set against a backdrop of Biscayne Bay it offers fantastic views of both downtown as well as the Bay and Atlantic Ocean. After shooting some environmental portraits for AIMCO at the Flamingo on South Beach, they contacted me to shoot some architectural photography of the facade of the Yacht Club both at twilight and during the day for some new commercial advertising that they are planning to do. When shooting a subject like this it is always important to make the building and surrounding landscaping look as clean as possible and that often means a little extra photoshop time than a professional photographer is willing to spend, but when the end result is as clean as these images look it is well worth the extra effort.
The retro, minimalistic style by AJP Design Systems really fit this recently restored vintage 1940’s house. Sitting quietly on Miami Beach’s Normandy Island it has stunning views overlooking Biscayne Bay. We chose to shoot the back at dusk to use professional lighting to make the white house pop against the deep blue sky, a standard trick for architectural photographers.
This is a compilation of various projects for Casale Marble Imports, a high-end stone supplier and installer. Working with a client such as this makes me really have to think about the product in which they need to sell and in turn the approach that I need to take to achieve that. Notice some of the extreme angles taken to accent the stone work. The images from this project were used as advertising and featured in Florida Design Magazine
In this small studio on Miami Beach the space was maximized by Architect Miguel Fernandez of 1d+d Studio Gallery. This project called for a few key vignettes shots which really brought this portfolio together. The uniqueness of this small project got a lot of big exposure on Houzz.com’s idea books. The detail shot with the quilted art was featured on Houzz for an article on patchwork as art, and the detail of the bed was also featured on Houzz for an idea book article on framing textiles on art. Both of these image were also featured on another Houzz article for a piece on 11 ways to remake a room with fabric.
Craig is a professional photographer in Miami specializing in Architectural & Interior photography and is hired on a freelanced basis for advertising purposes. The posts from this blog will feature samples and descriptions of his favorite commercial projects.