Mastering Real Estate Photography

The markets for skilled architecture photographers is huge. Business is rebounding in commercial and residential construction. Home builders, property managers, construction companies, hospitals, retirement communities, manufacturing facilities, magazines, and real estate ventures all have a use for architectural photography. In this course we’ll show you the best equipment for capturing great architectural images, how to deal with mixed colored lighting, how to find your angle, and most important; how to create lighting that shows highlights the features of the property.

“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.


The market for skilled architecture photographers is huge. Business is booming again in commercial and residential construction. Home builders, property managers, construction companies, hospitals, retirement communities, hotels, manufacturing facilities, magazines, and real estate ventures all have a use for architecture photography. Architecture 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 photographs, there is plenty of business shooting 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 wish to shoot architecture photography, then this online course is created just for you!


This Course is geared to intermediate through professional photographers._MG_4991

  • 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 light quality
  • How to manage highlights and shadows
  • How to choose the right lighting accessory for the scene
  • Why use an umbrella over a light box
    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 interior 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.

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What’s covered:

  • The difference between real estate photography and architectural photographyliving_1
  • 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


talbitzer-8181What 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, commercial developer, or maybe and 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._MG_2032b
  • 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.

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.


This course is approximately 12 hours of video lecture instruction in for easy understanding. Your subscription includes unlimited access to this course.



Thanks so much for the amazing detail in your lesson materials, as well as all the before, after, and process notes. They are invaluable instruction as well as reference materials.  -Helen F.

Want to become an architecture or real estate photographer? This course is your ticket. Borland covers just about everything one can imagine on how to achieve success in these fields. He delves deeply into dealing with the complex issues of multiple types of room lighting and color shifts that can result. I found his tips on how to avoid having lights and windows blow out and window flare wrap onto furniture and into the room truly helpful. He goes into great detail on Photoshop techniques building layers to mask away room problems, boost up lighting and other issues one is likely to encounter in photographing interiors and exteriors. Borland offers many ways to go about achieving results that will thrill clients from using HDR to lighting with strobes to using flash bounced off ceilings to add light to problem areas. I can’t think of any aspect of this type of photography that he fails to cover. This is an exhaustive and masterly explanation of how to handle just about every issue one might encounter in these fields. He even deals with client relationships and pricing. Bravo!!! – Fran Gallogly

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 an 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 Saunders

The inspiration I received because Charlie armed me with knowledge will make me an expert in my field of RE Photography. If I can understand all aspects of this lesson anyone can. I liked reading the lesson and viewing the videos showing me how to do it. That is extremely important to me. I have been reading about this stuff but did not understand the concept. I cannot wait to put what he taught me into practice this week. During this whole course I would open PS and follow each lesson step by step. Charlie you are the man and I thank you for what you did for me. – Dave Clark

Fantastic Advanced Course! This course took me right out of my comfort zone and thrust me into areas I had not previously considered. I was asked to take a look at doing some interior work, and was disappointed with the results, thus I looked into this course.  From Lighting techniques to colour management, this course has it all, I was not disappointed. Thanks for a fantastic experience.
Leon K.

I was learning architecture and real estate photography in bits and pieces here and there, but felt that if I wanted to be able to earn money. I thought I could do it if I had to really get a good course under my belt.
I checked out quite a few but most were out of my price range and did not seem very good. And then I found your course on Architecture and Real Estate Photography and it seemed to fit me exactly. I went through most of the course but as ever it’s not until you actually have to physically do stuff that you need the info, That’s when you really learn and I found it in your course. I watched your lesson on distortion about 3 times today so that I could get this house I photographed last Friday, not looking like a cartoon, and it worked. Thanks! – Karen Gilson

Charlie Borland has been a commercial and stock photographer for over 30 years. He has photographed for a wide range of clients including: Xerox, NW Airlines, Fujitsu, Tektronix, Nike, Blue Cross, Nationsbank, Precision Castpart’s Corp., Mentor Graphics, Texas Instruments, Pacificorp, Cellular One, Sequent Computer, Early Winters, Cascade Bancorp, and AGC. His imagery has been used thousands of times worldwide and a sampling include: National Geographic Adventure and Traveler, Outside, Women’s Sport and Fitness, Newsweek, TV Guide, CIO, Sports Illustrated for Women, Time, Backpacker, Sunset, American Photo, Outdoor Photographer, Eco Traveler, Southern Bell, to name a few. Charlie is the co-author to Understanding Flash and the author of Outdoor Flash Photography.  Charlie has been teaching for over a decade and teaches several courses here.

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