The Firm and its Work
AIP's Core Values and Mission
Summary of AIP Services
Clients and Project Diversity
Where Thomas Kieren's Work can be seen
Biography of AIP Managing Partner & Founder
Our work facilities for architectural and/or interiors photography are typically chosen for us by the architect, designer, constructor or publication when they tell us where the building is located and when the photography should be completed. They are then found in a variety of cities, towns and in varying types of neighborhoods or country sides where the structures are located. This could be a town in Vermont or a large city such as New York. We then bring to these locations a variety of camera related equipment and supplies to create a traveling “mobile photographic studio” complete with the correct lighting, camera type, and supporting equipment, paraphernalia and tripods, to assist us in achieving the correct perspectives necessary to photograph the building in its best “light” to highlight the positive in the designs that were/was built. Weather and the placement of the sun and clouds are, of course, very important accompanying determinants of success in achieving the above. In addition, the issue of people in the exposures is also an important consideration for many assignments.
Part of the “facilities” includes the “correct” camera (film or digital, large vs. small format, manual vs. automatic, metering and exposures capabilities, etc.), lighting diffusion devices, stylistics and props, and supporting software in order to not only take the image exposures but also to do “touchup” work via Photoshop and other types of image enhancing software. In addition, there are scanners, printers, color calibration devices, and other related color rendition equipment that are frequently useful depending on the use and type of file size and resolution needed for a particular client purpose.
As of this writing, our Firm uses a variety of types and brands of complementary equipment such as Nikon and Canon SLRs, Mamiya mid format, and Sinar large format cameras and Phase One and Leaf digital backs, along with supporting Sony computers, Microtek scanners and Epson color digital printers. The latest editions of Photoshop are always in use one way or another in order to achieve the authenticity of color contrast, brightness, balance, color corrections and sharpness needed to achieve a particular client end-use quality objective, in either color or black and white final images. In order to stay current with improved equipment, we occasionally rent the newest cameras and paraphernalia with special capabilities, in order to achieve a special set of results. Oddly enough, there is still a demand by some architects, designers and publications for the use of film based cameras, as some perceive high quality professional films as better able than digital front end cameras, to bring out the three dimensionality, dynamic range and color saturation of color images in an architectural or interiors setting – frequently at a lower cost than the use of digital cameras – and without the need for extensive digital image enhancements.
Digital camera hype aside, the digital vs. film based camera decision is largely perceived by many to be a function of circumstance, client and photographer preferences, and end-use application requirements. Today, we are told by photography experts at retailer B&H Photo Supply, that the latest quality professional film continues to give the photographer potentially up to 24 mb of file resolution. Our Firm uses both types of cameras in order to make sure we achieve the best known and state-of the-art type of quality images that our clients require. Either way, the images result in achieving whatever resolution is necessary and quality digital images on a CD or DVD therefore are achieved.
Our “bricks and mortar” facilities include a studio and laboratory located in Jefferson, New Jersey. These facilities are used to support not only the aforementioned described “on location” architectural and interiors photography, but also are critical for product-specific and “table top” photography of small to medium sized products such as window treatments, shades, office and photo equipment and supplies, building materials, lighting apparatus, wall, floor and ceiling tiles, medical devices, art work, doors and windows, dinner ware, antiques, and architectural hardware and bath and kitchen furniture and fixtures.
Our “human” facilities include those with expertise in photography per se, marketing, assisting with field projects, color management, equipment maintenance and repair, communications, and travel arrangements.