Production Paradise Spotlight on Aerial, Architecture and Interiors Photography presents the top photographers in the industry and their outstanding work. We released our first Spotlight on Interiors, Exteriors and Architecture Photography back in 2007. Recently we divided it into two more specific editions: Interiors & Exteriors Photography bi-yearly edition and Aerial and Architecture Photography bi-yearly publication. These Spotlight Magazines for commercial Aerial, Architecture and Interior Photography feature stunning aerial images, architecture and interior design photos for the world’s top hotels and resorts, editorial magazines, real estate companies, and corporate clients.
Here you will find our latest issues of both Interiors & Exteriors Photography and Aerial, Architecture and Interior Photography Spotlight Magazines featuring the best photographers and videographers working worldwide. Magazines are showing off spectacular shots of buildings with unique architecture, creative decoration and breathtaking captions of natural landscapes and city skylines.
Professional photographers featured in our magazines have been shooting for well-known brands and editorials such as The New York Times, HSBC, Virgin Holidays, National Geographic, Vanity Fair, BBC Travel, Lonely Planet, Time Out, Architectural Digest, Elle Deco, House and Gardens, Plaza Deco, Residence, Family Living, Forbes, BMW, and many more.
“I love shooting at the edge of light and discovering “targets of opportunity” while flying”, says Cameron Davidson, an award-winning photographer, specialised in aerial photography. Cameron loves using drones in his photography and shared some thoughts on the topic with us:
‘’Drones are an incredible tool that will only get better as time goes by. I recently received my FAA 333 exemption, which allows me to fly my quadcopter for commercial shoots. I prefer using my quadcopter in remote areas when it is too expensive to charge a helicopter, plus it is a safer approach for the low-and-slow work, which is between 20 to 120 meters (60 to 400 feet). I don´t feel that drones are a threat, just another tool.’’
London-based aerial photographer Howard Kingsnorth tells us about the technical challenges aerial photographers face:
‘’The technical challenges facing you when trying to capture images from a high viewpoint are many and varied. Essentially, you shoot from a high vantage point, i.e a building or hilltop, or you rent a helicopter.
Some countries have severe restrictions on flying over cities, and this particular campaign (UA) required an altitude of around 800 ft. The essence of this style is to use a wide angle lens and get in close, otherwise you lose the drama of the image. If you use a building to shoot from, then ideally you try and access the roof, this is extremely hard these days due to security issues, sometimes you end up shooting through 2 layers of glass.
Helicopters give you freedom especially in the USA, where they seem to have very little regulation. But in London for example you are restricted to a minimum of 800ft over the river, and you may have to wait hovering for half an hour or so over your spot before you get permission to descend to that altitude. In Frankfurt and Tokyo they will not fly below 1500 ft, this makes the shots less dramatic and subject to UV dullness.
Shooting from a helicopter is pretty straight forward, you need to fully brief the pilot beforehand, as communication once airborne is not that great usually, especially when using a translator. I use a pair of Nikon D810s, I have an assistant usually that can help me swap cameras and sort kit in a hurry if needs be. Everything is tethered so that there is no risk of objects flying out, lens caps, iPads etc. I have a harness attached to me in case I fall out, but its not likely really as I don’t need to lean out that far. I also use a cam ranger so that I can have a mini network in the cockpit to send images to the iPad for the creative’s on board and also for the pilot to show where I need to be. When shooting these images of London in May last year, we were looking for an early sunrise shot.’’
Interior, architecture and aerial photographer Claus Morgenstern gives some advice for aspiring photographers:
‘’Be curious, be inquisitive, be patient. Listen to the old people and learn as long as you can – that means always! Being an assistant for at least five different photographers provides a wider perspective. A great colleague once said – it takes 10 years to figure out your photographic identity. Last but not least, don’t be a stupid egoist. The business wasn’t waiting for you. But always be an interesting and nice character.’’
Award-winning National Geographic photographer James Balog, known for a film ‘Chasing Ice’, among many other projects, talks about his inspiration sources:
‘’Well, I’ve certainly been influenced by Irving Penn and by Richard Avedon, but I’m not just inspired by photography, I’m inspired by the whole range of arts, from music and literature to painting and filmmaking to sculpture and architecture. I think all those things are important for developing an esthetic sensitivity that applies throughout your whole life. And you bring that out in your pictures when it’s time to bring it out.’’
You will find the full interviews with Cameron Davidson, Howard Kingsnorth, Claus Morgenstern and James Balog on our blog. You can find them and other top Aerial, Architecture and Interior Photographers in our directory. Production Paradise is taking care of advertising the best photographers worldwide. If you are an Aerial, Architecture or Interior Photographer and would like to be featured in our upcoming magazine, get in touch with us to get more information.