As one of the most remote and mysterious places on the planet, Easter Island has always been on my radar for places to photograph. I had the opportunity to travel here last July and spent a week studying and capturing the Moai at all hours of the day, and night.
Rano Raraku in Rapa Nui National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site is a hot bed for Moai sightings, as there are literally hundreds of them scattered about the hillside in various stages of both construction and burial. Rano Raraku is an extinct volcano where the Moai are quarried, carved and dispersed throughout the island. The Moai featured here embedded in the hillside are said to have been in transport before the Moai culture was abanondoned. Centuries of erosion from the peak of the volcano has buried 20 to sometimes 40 feet of these statues into the ground. Excavations have revealed that these Monoliths are even more massive than they seem.
As a professional photographer I have picked up a few tricks on how to capture movement in a still photograph. Utilizing a 10 stop neutral density filter I was able to slow down time to a 90 second exposure in the middle of the day to give the effect of moving clouds.
An array of Sailboats hanging out on the turquoise waters of Biscayne Bay with the cityscape of downtown Miami in the distance. This shot was taken on a beautiful day while location for an advertising shoot at the Flamingo on South Beach.
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 commercial photography shoot for Audemars Piguet, a high-end Swiss watch dealer at the Shoppes of Bal Harbour in Miami, we focused on the interior features that make their new boutique so unique. The lighting under the main table gives it a futuristic feel and the illusion that it is floating, while in contrast the use of stone and wood elements and the tv screen rotating images of landscapes give it a more natural outdoors look. The little rock gardens with live moss are a really nice touch as well. From a professional photographer’s stand point this was a fun project the store was very well lit but we did hit a few accents of our own lighting to bring out some details.
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.
Artefacto, is a Brazilian based furniture design company which is making quite an impact in the Miami interior design scene. Working with Alef Construction Group, they provide fully furnished condos in some of Miami’s most sought after spots to live. In this project I was commissioned to shoot a completed project at the Ocean House on South Beach for an advertising campaign to push Artefacto’s new furniture product line. These images were featured in Florida Design Magazine as well as other South Florida publications.
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.
Michael Dawkins Home is a well known furniture and interior design accessory store located in the heart of Miami’s Design District. Known for their eclectic minimalistic approach, the products that they carry are usually have a neutral feel with a very unique, timeless quality. The samples featured here are new pieces designed by Michael Dawkins himself and unlike the Scan Design photography shoot that we did, Michael wanted to keep the lighting bright and airy and have it shot on a white seamless with minimal shadow drop. These images will be used in his new advertising campaign in Miami and as a commercial photographer, shooting simple product shots are one of my favorite things to photograph. Keeping the mind set less is more often applies to the the art of professional photography.
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.