A blog that focuses on the photography of Dean J. Birinyi, an interior and architectural photographer based in San Francisco, CA.

Preproduction Planning for Architectural Photography of Education Projects

Roseville Senior High School
Roseville, CA
Williams + Paddon Architects + Planners
I shot the interior of Roseville High School for Williams + Paddon Architects + Planners in 2002. This corridor is the view from the main entrance to the school.I was struck by the drama of the shadowed light well and depth of the image.

This is another available light shot from my 4x5 days. Corridors are very difficult because there is no way to effectively light them. There was a south facing glass curtain wall behind me and another exterior window wall at the end of the corridor. Attempting to shoot this shot during the day would have posed many technical and legal challenges that would have required super human efforts to overcome; I knew a better way.

We scheduled the shoot to occur at night when the buildings were unoccupied to avoid having any minors appear in the images, to shoot without the harsh glare of daylight and to allow me to use the installed lighting. By shooting at night I only needed a two stop graduated neutral density filter and color correction gels to bring the florescent lighting into line with the film. The result is the remarkably powerful and memorable image you see here.

I had learned to work smarter long before this project came around. I apply all my years of experience to creating dramatic images with the minimum amount of difficulty for myself, my client and the property management each time I do a shoot, sometimes these preparations can be complex and take a lot of negotiation between the parties but the end result of our efforts are always well worth the effort.