Architectural Photography, with Richard Riley

Photographer Richard Riley invites viewers to follow along as he shoots the interior and exterior of a residential house.

Photographer Richard Riley invites viewers to follow along as he shoots the interior and exterior of a residential house. As he works, Richard talks about preproduction tips, shot selection, bracketing, lighting techniques, composition, and creating the final exposure in post production.

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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: Getting Started (Duration 10:32)

Richard starts off by explaining some of the theory behind his method and gives some examples of what he will be demonstrating in this course

Lesson 2: Home Interior (Duration 12:55)

Setting up the lighting and bracketing the first set of exposures for this home interior photo shoot

Lesson 3: Getting the Correct Lighting (Duration 09:56)

Use a variety of methods to adjust the light, including bounce flash, ND gels, soft boxes, and more

Lesson 4: Third Interior Shot (Duration 09:34)

Working with a bank of lights, reflections, stray cords, range of exposures, etc.

Lesson 5: Dimension and Composition (Duration 05:11)

Richard discusses why he tries to avoid flat lines when shooting interiors and he begins to combine bracketed exposures of the kitchen shoot

Lesson 6: Exterior Shot (Duration 12:30)

Lighting windows from the inside, combining exposures, and correcting camera parallax in post production

Meet Your Instructor: Richard Riley

I love my profession. Lots and lots of parchment and paper awards. Best of show Aurora Film Awards, Mobius, and a Clio. Advancing from film to digital one of the…


  1. student to photography as a hobby. This month our fotofeedback project is architecture and this gave me the process to move forward..enjoyed his educational process and can translate easily to minimal equipment that I have... Thanks Ruthie

  2. With compositing being the buzz topic these days, it would be a good time to invite Richard Riley back to do more on architectural photography. While I would like to see a couple more diverse examples of capturing images for varied compositions, this time emphasis should be placed on post processing similar to the way Joel Grimes classes were structured.

  3. I really enjoyed this course, it was the first I saw using Kelby Training. But, I would like to know so much more about the layering process after in Photoshop. Which video shows me that? Using the search tool with "Layer" doesn't give me any results. But, again as a first time user of Kelby Training, I LOVED IT!

  4. Great lesson, but I miss the photoshop prosess. I would love too see a simular lesson with speedlights and not just "million dollar" equipment :) Great teacher!

  5. I do a lot of the same type of photography for my firm, a building products company, that Richard does. He gave me a few tips and reinforced what much of what I already do.

  6. Riley...great job! I found this really interesting and the technique that I thought about using. As a matter of fact, I have a shoot coming up this next week where I will be applying all this. The building is a large commercial structure but only two stories. I need to photograph the exterior and interior areas such as lobby, conference room, office, cafeteria and even the warehouse and shipping and receiving area. Question, when you start to look at the overall scene would it be easier to take the ambient shot and then mark it up with spot meter readings of the various areas to see the dynamic range you are dealing with and then shoot the various areas based on your readings? I guess it's basic zone system metering of the scene and marking your ambient shot for each area's exposure. Kind of like the darkroom days and drawing on a print +5 sec, -3sec, etc for the various burn and dodge areas except you would be notating shutter speeds, Something like marking of the over lit window 1/250, bright wall 125th, dark kitchen cabinets 1/15th. Now when you go into post you have a map of the exposures and they are linked to each frame you shot. The meta data would give you the exposure readings so it would be easy to match up and all you would have to do when doing your blending is some minor tweaking. We'll give it a try on this next shoot. Again, great job and I would like to see a couple more like it. Richard Image Zone Photography

  7. I owe Mr. Riley an apology. After first viewing his course I mentioned being disappointed with the lack of clarification regarding "layering" However, It was apparent that whatever he was doing he was doing it exceptionally well as photographs of his work showed as well as the results shown in this course and in the house he was photographing. I am still somewhat confused by his concept of layering. Was this referring to using PS 6 to build a final image from multiple images bracketed in working with HDR or was is--as it seemed-- a hybrid process also using flash to fill. Regardless his work is exceptional and my comments unwarrented. Sincerely, Bill Gillette

  8. I love this course but i missed the post production workflow in photoshop. Can somebody help me with the bracketing pictures in photoshop.

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