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The Busy Creator Podcast with Prescott Perez-Fox

The Busy Creator Podcast is a discussion program where creative professionals from across the spectrum share tools, techniques, and habits they use in their practice. Listeners are introduced to strategies and pro tips to be their most creative, productive selves.

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Mar 30, 2015

The Busy Creator 51 w/guest Peter Kubilus

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,


Show Notes & Links

  • Peter describes his work as modern, clean, refined, not messy
  • Previous photographers on The Busy Creator Podcast include Bill WadmanChristine BlackburneTaylor Mathis
  • Peter only photograph’s “The built environment”
  • Seton Hall 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
  • Architectural DigestArchitectural RecordInterior Design magazine
  • Peter’s college classes “activated the creative side his head”
  • Prescott and Peter grew up in neighboring towns, both attended Drexel University, but didn’t meet until later.
  • “Circulation” is the term for a person moving through architecture, being at scale, etc.
  • Colour Temperature (mixtures of LEDs, Fluorescents, Sunlight)
  • 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 building
  • Each image can take a few hours to set up, yielding only a few images per day
  • High Dynamic Range (HDR) composites in Photoshop

“You can’t turn garbage into a masterpiece.” —Peter Kubilus ← Click to Tweet

“Networking was what really initially launched my career.” —Peter Kubilus ← Click to Tweet

“Opportunity + Preparation = Success” ← Click to Tweet

“Just because I’m not out in the field shooting doesn’t mean I’m not working.” —Peter Kubilus ← Click to Tweet



  • Take a walk-through of a built space before you photograph
  • Ask the architect questions — he or she knows the plan inside and out
  • 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 micro-rotations.
  • 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 retouching.
  • 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 work
  • 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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