Mar 30, 2015
Peter Kubilus (@PeterKubilus) is an
interiors and architectural photographer based in metro New York.
Following studies in both photography and architectural
engineering, Peter has created a practice photographing offices,
hotels, residences, and more.
Our conversation covers his origins in photography, how he came to
specialise in architecture, and the workflow of setting up lights
and creating his images.
Check out Peter’s photography at his website, kubilusphoto.com
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Peter describes his work as modern, clean, refined, not messy
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Peter only photograph’s “The built environment”
Prep, high school in New Jersey
Peter’s first introduction to architecture and building came from
visits to his father’s build sites as a youth
Record, Interior Design magazine
Peter’s college classes “activated the creative side his head”
Prescott and Peter grew up in neighboring towns, both
University, but didn’t meet until later.
“Circulation” is the term for a person moving through architecture,
being at scale, etc.
Temperature (mixtures of LEDs, Fluorescents,
Shooting for a hotel may mean conveying a lifestyle. Shooting for
the architect may center around materials.
Peter’s projects range in scale from a kitchen to a 30-story
Each image can take a few hours to set up, yielding only a few
images per day
Dynamic Range (HDR) composites in Photoshop
“You can’t turn garbage into a masterpiece.” —Peter Kubilus
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“Networking was what really initially launched my career.” —Peter
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“Just because I’m not out in the field shooting doesn’t mean I’m
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Take a walk-through of a built space before you photograph
Ask the architect questions — he or she knows the plan inside and
Find the right angle, then strip out extraneous material that might
distract from the shot
Take point-and-shoot photos during a walkthrough
Don’t allow objects in a shot to overlap. This may require
Stage the room first, then light it
Take multiple shots at different exposures so you can built it
later in Photoshop as needed
Get the image right “in the camera” so you only have to spend 20–30
minutes in Photoshop
Use Lightroom to pare down your images. Then bring to Photoshop for
Deliver files via Dropbox rather than FTP.
Attend networking events, even as frequently as 4 days a week.
Use email newsletters rather than mini-portfolios — at least
you can track who opens emails
Have a website with portfolio samples
Spend 30 minutes a week on LinkedIn
Wake up early and do those digital time-wasters before you start
Use an assistant for shoots
Maintain a presence on LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook fan pages
Backup your files immediately after connecting your camera
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