Can you meet my other photographic needs?
Yes, but my expertise is in architectural photography. Photography is no different to any other industry, wherein professionals tend to specialise in one field or another. My interest, background and training is in architectural however please don’t hesitate to talk to me about your ‘other’ photographic needs – I’d like to think I could help.
How do you charge for your architectural photography?
Pricing will vary, depending on the scope of your needs and the intended use of the images. Generally, after a discussion I can quote for the work, based on my estimated time on site, the digital post-processing requirements and any foreseen expenses. If the job is a little harder to estimate I will quote on an hourly rate basis. The basic consideration is always the same: how much time will I need to meet your needs.
How much post-processing (or digital editing) do you do?
Even if we agree you’d like photographs ‘straight out of the camera’ I will always make minor adjustments to the images, as necessary for distribution purposes. Like you, I want your photographs to look as good as possible.
Typically however I will price to include standard post-processing. The computer is today what the dark-room once was, essential in ‘developing’ and presenting your photographs to the highest possible standard. Using industry standard Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, image adjustment is a streamlined and efficient process. As a general rule of thumb post-processing will take approximately two hours for every hour on site.
Do you own the images?
Yes, I retain the copyrights as is standard practice in the photographic industry. The images will be licenced to you and my standard agreement gives you wide latitude on what you can do with the images with this licence. It is possible to purchase the copyright outright, but this can be expensive and is generally unnecessary when measured against what the licence allows.
Can I pass on some of the images for a third party to use?
All third parties wishing to use the commissioned photography must be directed to f16photography to negotiate the right to use such images. However, if you know of any third party likely to use the images, an agreement can be worked through prior to commencing.
What is the turnaround time for your work?
I can usually have your photographs returned within a week of the shoot. If you have a specific deadline to meet please let us know and we will always endeavour to meet it. For larger projects timescales are slightly longer, however as I process all of your photographs in-house I can provide ‘progress’ images as required, through the timeframe.
How long will it take to photograph my building?
The amount of time required for an assignment can vary greatly, depending generally on the size of the property, and the end use of the photographs. A small retail interior will generally take less time to photograph than a large building. The proposed time will be established very quickly once we talk.
How many photographs should I expect to receive from a standard photo shoot?
Of course it depends. I’ll discuss this with you at the outset. The biggest myth in digital photography is that more is more. All images typically require a minimum of post processing, and digital processing takes time. In photography, less is often more.
Can I expect my photographs to look like the work on your website?
Yes, of course. It doesn’t matter if your project is a large complex building or a single exterior view – you’ll always get my best work. The images in my portfolio represent a range of assignments, both large and small, to a wide range of budgets.
Are you professionally trained?
Yes, I have a diploma in Photography from The New Zealand Institute of Photography. I have a Bachelor of Commerce from Auckland University and a Bachelor of Architecture with 1st class honours from Victoria University. I have practiced as a New Zealand Registered Architect.
What format do you supply photographs in?
I will supply to suit your needs, but generally your photographs are provided as 16-bit uncompressed tiff files and 8-bit compressed jpeg files at full resolution on a DVD. I can also provide web-optimised versions of your photographs at no extra cost.
Does it have to be good weather for you to shoot?
Not necessarily, interior shoots often benefit from good natural day lighting, but this doesn’t mean it has to be sunny. Likewise, we can also shoot exterior photographs with cloud cover. However, it goes without saying that a nice sunny day with a bright blue sky will often show off your building to its best. I always aim to offer a flexible approach to shooting to give you the best possible images.
Blair Hastings Architectural Photographer firstname.lastname@example.org 022 6647319