If you’re looking to start your own Austin construction photography company – or just looking for one to consult for your next promotional job – here are a few tips for getting the best photos in the business.
Prioritize Quality Photography
At the heart of any type of photography business should be the ability and intention to take great photos. Whether you’re photographing babies, birthdays or buildings, your quality needs to be at its highest possible level, every time.
For Austin construction photography companies, producing high quality photos can’t take a back seat to achieving great angles, using cutting-edge techniques or any other aspect of the business. It’s all a balancing act, and the best construction photographers know how to do it all and keep quality photography at the forefront of their to-do list.
Planning is Everything
As in many other fields, planning is extremely important in architectural and construction photography. When you’ll be taking photographs on-location, you need to know as much as possible about that setting, what you’ll be expected to capture, what challenges you’ll face and any other information you might need to provide your best work. Planning ahead means great photos every time!
Do Your Prep and Cleanup
What you do before and after your photos are snapped matters just as much if not more than the actual act of taking your photos.
Make sure your photos are posed or set up properly. Understand how perspective plays into the shot you’re aiming to capture. Time things correctly. Reshoot if you have to, and make sure you have exactly what you’re after.
Once your shot is taken, don’t hesitate to fix it if you need to while you’re still on-location. It’s much more difficult to do so once you’ve left the site, although touch-ups and editing are also important. A full-service photography company should offer clients expertise at every step of the process, from planning to implementation to cleanup and beyond.
Any student can tell you how miserable an experience it is to work tirelessly on something, only to have it seemingly disappear into thin air. When this happens in school, it results in missed points and failed assignments. In life – especially in the professional world – it can mean the difference in a payday and going without, or a second job and a bad reference.
If you don’t want the latter to happen to you, be sure that your properly file and back up all of your images as you work through them, and make sure your client gets every image they’ve paid for. Too many review sites claim customers did not receive the entire amount of imagery they paid for, or experienced a delay in receiving their images because of an error on the part of the photographer. Don’t be that photographer. Put your files where you can find them, and get them to the client on time for happy customers and repeat business.