Jacksonville State University Fitness Center / by Tommy Daspit

This is a sunrise exterior as opposed to my normal twilight exterior. The client wanted to get as few people as possible in the images so we started super early in the morning as opposed to the evening. This is especially challenging because the light is changing so fast and you have to act very quickly. I replaced the sky in post production using a sky image from my extensive library.

Just wrapped up this amazing commercial project of the Jacksonville State University Fitness Center for Turner Construction and Moody Nolan Architects. It was a great project with so many unique challenges and opportunities!

If you want to be an architectural photographer you can forget any notion of 9 to 5 and Monday through Friday. You have to be willing and able to start shooting early in the morning, evening, or late at night to accommodate the needs of the client or the requirements of the project. This one is a great example of that. Because of the sensitive nature of photographing people in a public place, especially people in less than glamorous work out attire, the facility wanted to minimize the number of people in the space. Since it is open 24/7 this means getting in at a low volume time. This means getting started at 0 Dark 30. My assistant, Chris, and I spent the night at a hotel so we could get there at 4:00 am to start shooting. While there were some people already working out, it wasn’t crowded and we wanted to have some blurred people in some of the images, just not too many. We had to be efficient and move quickly, since the longer we were there, the more people came in to work out.

Being quick and efficient was especially important when it came to the “twilight” exteriors. We were there and shooting before sunrise. I knew from my sun tracker app when the sunrise was scheduled and where the sun would be in relation to the building. So I made sure I was in position and set up when the light started to change. Morning twilights are tougher than their evening counterparts because the light is changing faster and in reverse from what you’re used to. In the evening you can open the camera’s shutter longer and longer and still get basically the same look so long as some light remains. This isn’t the case with sunrise. You have to get it right straight away and fast. I think from the results that we pulled it off but there wasn’t a minute to spare!

For some of the interior images we used talent to get the action looks we were going for. This was especially the case for the rock climbing wall. We had models climbing up and down the wall to get various action looks. They not only got to be models but also got in quite the workout too!

My assistant, Chris, got this little behind the scenes capture of me getting the exterior.

My assistant, Chris, got this little behind the scenes capture of me getting the exterior.

Color accuracy is critical to architectural and interiors photography. It can be especially challenging with mixed color temperature light sources. We use a calibration target in each lighting condition to use as a reference in post production. We also use calibration profiles for each camera and lens combination in inventory and work on calibrated monitors. All to ensure that the colors the architect or designer specified are accurately represented in the final images we deliver.

Color accuracy is critical to architectural and interiors photography. It can be especially challenging with mixed color temperature light sources. We use a calibration target in each lighting condition to use as a reference in post production. We also use calibration profiles for each camera and lens combination in inventory and work on calibrated monitors. All to ensure that the colors the architect or designer specified are accurately represented in the final images we deliver.

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The pool was still closed so I had to hop the fence to get to it. Of course this means it hasn’t been cleaned yet either. I always prefer to “fix it in real life” as opposed to “fixing it in photoshop” but sometimes there’s just no other way to get the shot.

Commercial interiors and exterior photography
Loved having talent involved in this project, especially for the climbing wall! Used a slow shutter speed to convey motion as the models climbed.

Loved having talent involved in this project, especially for the climbing wall! Used a slow shutter speed to convey motion as the models climbed.

The architect really wanted to emphasize the lighting in the studio spaces. I can really see why, these ring lights were very impressive! The color can be changed to whatever you want them to be.

The architect really wanted to emphasize the lighting in the studio spaces. I can really see why, these ring lights were very impressive! The color can be changed to whatever you want them to be.

Builder - Turner Construction
Architect - Moody Nolan