Below is a list of the most commonly asked questions I've received over the last few years. If you have any questions that aren't answered below, please feel free to contact me directly and I'd be happy to help.
How did you get your start in Architecture Photography?
This is a pretty long story but to keep it short, I’ve had several jobs in the photography world and have always loved photography. I originally started Whitney Kamman Photography to shoot weddings and portraits which kept me very busy for a couple of years as a side job. I was working in the marketing department at a ski and golf community in Big Sky, Montana. Part of my job was to market the real estate. I started shooting some of the properties and quickly realized how much I loved it! After about a year of consistently shooting their properties I decided to go out on my own.
What equipment do you use?
I have a pretty long list these days, but it definitely didn’t start that way. It took me a few years to piece it all together. Here is a full list of everything I use on a shoot.
What piece of equipment can you not live without?
There are quite a few pieces of equipment that I wouldn’t be able to work without… however my absolute favorite piece would be the Camranger. I use this on every single shoot, and have a couple backups in case one goes rogue on me. It allows me to tether to my iPad which is not only great for me to control my camera from around the room but also easily allows my clients to view images without having to crouch and squint through a view finder. Click here to see my full gear list.
Where did you get the big tripod?
The Big Ass Tripod as I lovingly refer to it, I found it online. I was having difficulty in some locations to get the vantage point I needed - I live in the mountains so sometimes the terrain drops significantly I need to get higher than the 12 feet my go-to tripod allows. It’s great and though I don’t use it on every shoot it has become one of my favorite pieces of gear!
Do you need an assistant?
I am not currently hiring an assistant.
Do you ever travel for photography projects?
Yep! I love to travel so when I can mix travel and photography I am a happy camper. I am available to shoot throughout the US and internationally.
How do you get the right perspective?
There are a couple key questions you need to answer before you find the right perspective. The first is to chat with the client and make sure you know exactly what they are trying to capture. Then you can start moving the camera around and playing with different angles. The goal is to keep the eye flowing through the image and keep the person looking at the image engaged.
Do you hand blend your images or use some sort of HDR?
I don’t use HDR, I find it makes the image look grey and very little contrast. I use a mixture of Photoshop and Lightroom to layer my images together and edit.
Do you use any other light besides a flash?
I try to shoot as natural as possible. One of my pet peeves is seeing a space completely over lit with added light, WHY?! When I need to add extra light I use a mixture of speedlights and a collapsible reflector that has the ability to reflect, bounce, or diffuse light. My goal is to make the space and light look natural.
How do you estimate the scope of the project?
I make sure to communicate with the client as much as possible. We discuss about how many images they need, how many spaces need to be photographed, intended usage rights, and sometimes we will scout the project. I know how much I can shoot in one day and based on that we will schedule accordingly.
What camera body do you use?
I use a combination of 3 different camera bodies - all Nikon. My two go-to’s are the Nikon D810 and the Nikon D850. Both are great cameras - a bit bulky, but well built and take great images. I dropped the the D810 on to a concrete floor from about 6 feet and had minimal damage. My third camera body is the Nikon D600 - this link goes the newer version the D610. This camera I save for the Big Ass Tripod - it’s the only camera I am comfortable putting 30 feet in the air!
What are your methods for blending natural light exposures and how to expose them?
I use layers and masks in Photoshop to pull the different exposures together. I also bracket while on the shoot to make sure I get all the proper exposures while on location as a safety net.