I recently had the opportunity to try out architectural photography on a beautiful log home in Island Park, Idaho. This home was built beautifully alongside the Buffalo River in Island Park and was an amazing subject to photograph.

I started my photography process for the Island Park log home by getting up early in the morning. I felt that the early golden hour would give the best lighting to illuminate the home. This would warm the colors of the wooden beams and create a more welcoming tone for the photograph.

For this photoshoot, I used my camera’s kit lens (15-45mm) to get as wide of a shot as I could. However, had I used a specialized wide-angle lens, many of the shots would have been much easier. I would highly recommend purchasing a wide-angle lens if you choose to pursue architectural photography. This would have made my photography of an Island Park log home much simpler.


The first several photos that I managed to capture were along the outside of the Island Park log home. I wanted to make sure that the lighting was perfect for my first few shots, so I took the time to get everything ready. One technique that I used during this photo-taking process was bracketing my shots.

To best light my photography of the Island Park log home, I set up bracketing on my camera. By bracketing all of my shots, I was able to get three separate exposures for each shot. This would make it possible in editing to go through and merge these pictures to get the best amount of detail. It also helped a lot with maintaining the colors of the sky.

Bracketing is a camera setting that you can set up on your camera. By bracketing, you capture an additional overexposed and underexposed shot according to how you set the settings of your device. The overexposed shot will give you well-illuminated details of your main subject, while the underexposed shot will give you well-illuminated details of the sky. The original shot, which is captured at your specified exposure, will give you the natural highlights and shadows of the photograph. By merging each of these individual shots later during editing, you can take the great quality of each to get one amazing photograph.

As I continued capturing each photograph, I stressed over getting unique angles. One method that I really enjoyed was shooting from a really low angle. This helped show the massive height of the home while still showing some of the greenery in the foreground. I really loved how this would give a slight slant to the angle of the home and make it look as though it were reaching toward the sky. You can see this in the photograph of the log home below. The slight slant to the right creates a greater sense of movement in the photograph than had it been straight upward.







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