Introduction to Architectural Photography with David Erickson


Introduction to Architectural Photography with David Erickson


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Instructor: David Erickson
Time & Dates: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Tuesdays, April 25, May 2, 9 plus Photoshoot 8 am- about 11 am Saturday, May 6
Location: PhotoMidwest, 700 Rayovac Dr., Suite 212, Madison WI. ADA accessible.
Free convenient parking in our adjacent parking.
Class size: limited to 12 people; minimum class of 4.

I control what I call, the visual acoustics.
                               Julius Shulman, 2008

Course Goals and Outcomes: 

Goal: Create an interesting environment both in the classroom and the field that will encourage the students to think like an artist, scientist and architect.

 Specific Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course, students will:

  • have a hard time driving past an interesting building without slowing down or stopping
  • slow down and think a little bit more before making an exposure
  • enjoy taking better photographs of buildings

Format and Procedures: 

Two classroom sessions will be conducted, providing:

  • contextual background to the nature and history of Architectural Photography
  • overview of technical requirements, tools and software
  • discussion of composition and intention

One field trip date to take photographs of a building's exterior and interior

  • practical experience conceiving, composing and executing photos
  • demonstrate the benefits and challenges of using lighting equipment
  • after the field trip, how to use software tools to edit and finish compositions

Final classroom session

  • compare and discus results from the field trip
  • additional resources to continue interest in Architectural Photography
  • discuss being an Architectural Photographer

The class will be very visual, using examples of published work from master photographers and from the instructor's experience.  There will be full exposure to equipment used in the field with "touching" and "trying-out" encouraged in the classroom.  Tethered equipment will be utilized to provide clarity and access to concepts.

Course Requirements:  Prefer students with moderate mastery of camera controls.  Should have understanding of the concepts of shutter speed, aperture, ISO, focal length, field of view and depth of focus.

Participants should have access to a DSLR or a digital camera. A tripod is optional.


David Erickson. All rights reserved by David Erickson.

David Erickson. All rights reserved by David Erickson.

David Erickson is a member of the Association of Independent Architectural Photographers and has contributed to architectural journals, magazines and international architectural exhibits. He has also been treating, restoring and digitizing architectural drawings at the Wisconsin Historical Society for about 6 years, processing about 4,000 drawings so far. His website is

His home was designed by John Randal McDonald. This house will be part of Wright in Wisconsin's annual Wright and Like 2017 architectural tour on June 3. David is also co-authoring a new book on John Randal McDonald.


All student cancellations will incur a $10.00 processing fee, which will be deducted from any refund remitted. Cancellations more than thirty (30) days before the start of the first class session are refundable, less the above processing fee.

Cancellations at thirty (30) to fourteen (14) days before the start of the first class session will result in refunding half (50%) of the fees except for some classes where this is not feasible due to contractual arrangements with the instructor(s) and/or venue. Such exceptions will be noted in the listing of those classes.

Cancellations less than fourteen (14) days before the start of the first class session will result in the loss of all fees. You may arrange to have someone else fill your slot in the class but we must be notified of this substitution as soon as possible.  PhotoMidwest will have no involvement in any transfer of funds related to such substitutions.  If the slot in the class is not used, we will consider it as a donation to PhotoMidwest and as such, it may qualify as tax deductible.

In the rare case an entire class must be cancelled by PhotoMidwest, all students will receive a full refund. Partial cancellation of a single class session will typically be addressed via a rescheduled session, not a partial refund of fees.


By enrolling in this course, you consent to PhotoMidwest taking and publishing photographs of the course, which may include you, in its promotional materials to communicate what our classes, events, and/or facilities are like to potential members. To clarify, PhotoMidwest will never publish photographs YOU took without your specific written permission