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Mastering Architecture and Real Estate Photography


Hi Charlie,

I previously bought your Architectural Photography course and it is one of the best courses I have ever taken online. I very much appreciate your expertise and your thorough approach. Keep up the great work.


2019 Updates: New video lectures on processing images including some downloadable Photoshop files to practice with.

The market for skilled photographers photographing jobs for real estate and architecture is huge. Business is booming in commercial and residential construction.

Homebuilders, property managers, construction companies, hospitals, retirement communities, hotels, manufacturing facilities, magazines, and real estate ventures all have a use for architecture and real estate photography. Architecture interiors is one of the most challenging subjects to compose and light. There are ambient light issues, color balance issues, and lighting issues.

For the photographer skilled at shooting quality photography, there is plenty of business photographing homes, real estate, and commercial properties for architects, builders, developers, and real estate agents.

Whoever you shoot for, it is all architecture photography in one form or another yet each property will have a unique set of challenges that will dictate your photographic approach. 

If you are planning to shoot architecture and real estate photography, then this online course is created just for you.  

This course is geared to intermediate through professional photographers. 

  • You'll receive a broad overview of:

  • Photographic lighting

  • Learn how to light room interiors

  • Compose a strong composition.

  • You will also learn how to see the light quality

  • How to manage highlights and shadows

  • How to choose the right lighting accessory for the scene

  • Why use an umbrella over a lightbox

  • and manage the color of various ambient light sources   

Join award-winning commercial photographer Charlie Borland as he shares his knowledge in a step-by-step approach to photographing architectural properties. 

You will learn how to light an interiors without the scene looking lit, how to manage lighting color balance, how to make the inside balance perfectly with the outside, how to find a storytelling angle, how to deal with poor light, how to fix bad color, how to work fast to be more profitable, and a whole lot more 

You will learn how to light when there is no place to put your lights. And, we'll show you the latest methods in using Photoshop to enhance and composite your images.   

 What's covered: 

  • The difference between real estate photography and architectural photography

  • How to see light and shadow.

  • The different qualities of light, color balance, and color correction.

  • The best equipment and how it works.

  • HDR for architecture photography

  • Which light best applies to your subject.

  • Lighting color management: How to mix strobe with ambient light.

  • Lighting in offices, manufacturing plants, and home environments.

  • The disappearing lights technique.

  • How to light with strobes and how to light with flash.

  • and how to use Photoshop to create photos you can't do in a single capture

  • 12 hours of video and pdf's

What will you learn? 

There are many ways to shoot architecture photography and the method you choose will be based on how your images will be used. Are they for a realtor, a home builder, a commercial developer, or maybe an architect? Depending on who you are shooting for will depend on how you approach the photography and this course covers many methods that can be applied to each type of client. 

  • You will learn how to shoot without supplemental light.

  • How to process a basic digital file quickly.

  • How to shoot for HDR.

  • How to process for HDR.

  • How to light a room with strobes.

  • How to deal with reflections.

  • How to replace lights, lamps, and windows.

  • How to fix distortion.

  • How to fix bad color.

  • How to light a room with flash.

  • How to shoot for Photoshop.

  • How to use the hide-a-light technique.

  • And many in-depth Photoshop techniques for beautiful architecture photography.

And...practice photo files are included for download so you can master the art of processing images.

 You will learn techniques that allow you to work quickly for low budget assignments and how to create beautiful architecture photography for high-end clients as well. 

Course requirements: 

Photoshop is used widely in the course and while you do not need to be an expert, some familiarity (primarily Layer Masking techniques} will make it easier for you. But if you are not that familiar with Photoshop, don't worry, we have some introductory Photoshop videos that will guide you along the way. 

 You will need a digital camera with a wide-angle lens. For full-frame sensor cameras a lens around 16-35 is perfect and if you have a cropped APS sensor camera then a wide-angle lens around 10-20 will work as well. If you don't have lenses in that range but do have a wide-angle lens then use it for the course and learn what you need for later purchase. You need a good tripod and a cable release or wireless device to trigger your camera. I also recommend wireless triggers to fire the strobe/flashes. 

 This course covers lighting extensively and includes several techniques. You will learn how to shoot architecture without lights, with strobes and umbrellas, also with a flash unit. 

Who’s the Instructor?   

There are many courses on how to be an amazing photographer, but how many are taught by true professionals who have a career and worked as a photographer?   

I was formally trained at Brooks Institute in the 1980s and have worked every day since. I have photographed for Fortune 500 companies, been published in countless magazines (you’ve probably heard of), and photographed Hollywood actors, pro athletes, politicians, hotels, well-known products, real estate, and more people, places, and things than I can recall.    

I have taught photo workshops across the USA and the Middle East. Founded two stock photo agencies, and sold thousands of stock photos. I love to teach and want to ensure you succeed and love photography as I do. You can trust me to teach you photography.

Are you ready to create stunning architecture photography?    

Then join me in this online adventure and in no time, you will gain a better understanding of how to create great photographs.   

Are you ready to discover simple and easy-to-follow strategies for creating effective real estate photography that I have used for 30 years in my professional business? 

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Enroll today. Just click Take This Course now so you can get started right away.  

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Thank you Charlie.

I truly enjoyed the course very much and learned a lot. I just started shooting real estate photography professionally this year in January and just shot my 220th home this past week. I am really looking to expand to more towards Architects, Designers and Builders and your course has definitely helped me with all of the above. Thanks again for giving such great insight into your experience as a photographer.

Chris Burk 

"Hi Charlie, - I took your class online at Udemy, “Mastering Architecture and Real Estate Photography,” and it led to my first architectural shoot being a huge success.  Thank you for this clear, informative, extremely helpful class.  Getting this client, and doing a great job at it, was a pivotal point in my career.  I am grateful". - Warm regards, Steven S

"I have never seen such a detailed and comprehensive set of lessons in all my online experiences and I have been taking courses since 2005…….Don't look any further. " -Fran S. 

"Professor,All I can say its WOW. , blown, great course, specially in the photo shop layering and masking. I take my hat off. There is not a single word I can say to express how grateful I am for you sharing your knowledge, I am doing everything you showed in this course in Real estate photography, specially in my Classic virtual tours, and this is great. Thank you Thank you Thank you." -Pedro

  I worked as a photographer + darkroom for 20 years and needed to transition to digital photography. This course has covered everything - camera use, interior / exterior lighting, equipment, photoshop, camera raw, photomix, creative solutions, photography workflow, pricing, time management (& more). I have worked offline applying each of the techniques. I couldn't have learned this much in a full-year photography course. Outstanding....Mitchell M.

"Hi Charlie.

Thanks a million, your course was/is absolutely awesome and I've learnt a lot. The best is I've already started applying the knowledge gained and it made a big difference in the way that I take photos as well as in the post processing stages.I would recommend this course to everybody doing architectural and real estate photography. I'll definitely work through this course again and again, in order to learn as much as I can.Thanks again. Kind regards and have a great day."Henk

"I have never seen such a detailed and comprehensive set of lessons in all my online experiences and I have been taking courses since 2005. The detail and explicit directions are just what the newbie needs. I have not engaged in architectural photography before and so this was a added bonus for me. I have previously taken courses with Charlie, and he is my ace when it comes to flash, but now also when I wish to learn more about photographing buildings and homes. Don't look any further. " -Fran S. 

  This course was the second tutorial that I purchased on architectural photography. The other course was by a photography blog and had "some" great information but it just wasn't the same as this course. The advantage of this course is Charlie's methodical pace and detailed instruction coupled with Udemy's convenient interface. I have watched this course on my desktop, phone, tablet, in a waiting room, in bed, in my shed, in my car, and all of the devices have tracked my progress flawlessly. On my other course all I received was the video footage, 2 files to edit and a rudimentary table of contents with time markers for topics covered. They didn't even put in chapter markers for me. The videos had to be loaded on each device I owned and I had to write down the minute markers where I left off to continue watching later. (Very frustrating and that course was over $100) If you're a busy professional and want a course that is ready whenever and wherever you are, this is great. Lastly, the deal I got on the course was ridiculous for such valuable content.-Milton V.

Dear Mr Borland, 

  Your "Mastering Architecture and Real Estate Photography" course really helped me dramatically improve my real estate photography and bring it to a higher level.  I am currently working as a realtor in Athens Greece and looking at the photos of properties we have in the internet was really disappointing. Three months ago I decided to do something about it and I had a discussion with the owner of the Real Estate Agency and proposed to him to let me photograph at least the most expensive properties. Although I convinced him that I could do it and although I own a DSLR camera and have an experience with photography, I was feeling insecure about the quality of my photos. Therefore, I decided to search the internet for relevant courses and articles that might help me improve my RE photography and this is how I saw your course offered through Udemy. I immediately bought it and today I am so glad I did. It is very comprehensive and analytical, with a step-by-step guide of all the techniques you need to use in order to have a great result. It basically covers every aspect of Architecture and Real Estate Photography from the exterior to all the interior spaces and from a day to a dusk photo shoot of a property. The course has helped me a lot also with all the post processing techniques that it offers, which are again explained in a very comprehensive way. Going through all the lessons and applying all the techniques I learned through the course, with just the basic gear of a camera, wide angle lens and a tripod, gave me the confidence I was missing before purchasing the course. I have already done a few photo shoots for the company and every day I am being asked to shoot more and more properties. Thank you for helping me realize my dream, - Katerina. 

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This course on architecture and real estate photography has proven to be very informative, addressing all aspect of this type of photography from setup to lighting all the way through post-processing.

This course helped my real estate photography.

Just started my real estate photography business and after this series, I feel like a pro!

I typically shoot in natural light, in abandoned buildings, homes, resorts and hospitals so it's interesting to hear/learn about equipment needed for real estate photography ... such as lights!

Just in the beginning phase of real estate photography.

I'm at the very start of my interest in Real Estate photography and the only reason I've not given this 5 stars is really because I perhaps should have started with more of a beginners guide, rather than this course.

I'd recommend this to anyone considering a real estate photography or course.

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easy to follow

The delivery and order of subjects made it easy to follow.

The teacher clearly has lot of experience, he's easy to follow and explains each argument effortlessly.

I particularly like Charlie's teaching approach, each lesson is easy to follow and provides plenty of detail to help you get it right the first time.

Easy to follow and very informative.

Very interesting and easy to follow.

noioso, poco dinamico, pessime riprese e audio/video nella parte video pretty easy to follow so far.

Makes it easy to follow instructions.

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so far so

So far so good, Charlie Borland is thorough yet not overwhelmingly and still manages to cover the basics.

So far so good This course seems very outdated.

So far so good.

So far so good, basic concepts and gear are covered well.

I find it easy to follow and understand So far so good.

so far so good Great course!

Very thorough This is great So far so good.

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step by step

Fstopper has the similar training video series but the trainer provided the students with RAW files and teach the student step by step editing.

I found the HDR tutorials of the course especially helpful, going through step by step through the workflow from Adobe Camera Raw to PhotoMatix to Photoshop.

Thanks Great step by step instructions.

So far it is exactly what I want to know and is well explained Great course, very detailled with in depth examples of step by step photo modification.

A+ This was the most exciting experience for me, I have been in real estate photography for a while now, and have always wanted to enroll in a course to fine tune my skills, and what I got out of this course was way more than I expected, Charlie reviewed literally everything you need to know, he was very thorough in his lessons showing you step by step how to accomplish various tasks.

Thoroughly enjoying the lectures and learning new ideas All is explained in detail in numerous videos and in written materials, step by step, on the field and in front of photoshop.

During this whole course I would open PS and follow each lesson step by step.

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learning a lot

So far I am learning a lot about lighting and composition that I did not know.

I'm an experienced photographer but in this course, I'm learning a lot.

I'm a rank beginner, so I'm taking notes as I go, but so far, with the exception of my ignorance about the subject, i'm learning a lot about equipment, its use, and results, and that is helping me get my head around the craft.

Learning a lot from this author's experience.

This course is great and I am learning a lot of great information.

It's very logic and clearly presented Just got started and already learning a lot!

feel like I'm already learning a lot!

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highly recommend

I highly recommend this class.

Highly recommended.

I would highly recommend this course to novice as well as seasoned real estate and/or architectural photographers.

His course is well worth the money and I would highly recommend investing in yourself and take his course.

I highly recommend this course.

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Rating 4.4 based on 561 ratings
Length 14.5 total hours
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Instructor Charlie Borland
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Language English
Subjects Art & Design
Tags Photography Commercial Photography

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