6 Best Places in Charleston for Stock Photography

1. Waterfront Park

The Waterfront Park is a popular destination for tourists and is one of the most visited and most photographed places in Charleston. The park offers beautiful views of the Charleston harbor, especially on its famous pier. While it’s difficult to find the pier completely empty, choosing an off-time of day will help you avoid the majority of the tourists.

Best time to photograph: Sunrise when the least amount of people are on the pier. 

2. Magnolia Plantation

Famous for its appearance in The Notebook, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is one of the top spots in Charleston for nature photography. With its spectacular blooms, Spanish moss-covered oaks, and a variety of birds, alligators, and other wildlife, Magnolia Plantation has earned its spot on every Lowcountry photographer’s bucket list.

Best time to photograph: Any time of day. In the spring, Magnolia is open daily from 8 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

3. Morris Island Lighthouse

The Morris Island Lighthouse is a beautiful location for stock photography that captures the history and spirit of Charleston. The original tower, which was built in 1767, was destroyed in the Civil War. It wasn’t until 1876 that the existing lighthouse was constructed. The lighthouse is visible from Folly Beach and James Island.

Best time to photograph: Sunrise or sunset.

4. Rainbow Row

Can you even say you’ve been to Charleston if you haven’t walked past this colorful row of historic houses at least once? Rainbow Row is located in the heart of downtown Charleston on East Bay Street. Although beautiful, the famous houses can be tricky to photograph. Oftentimes, cars are parked out front and there are always lots of people on the sidewalks which can interfere with a shoot.

Best time to photograph: Try to avoid the crowds by photographing at twilight (pictured below) or at sunrise.

5. The Pineapple Fountain

The Pineapple Fountain in Waterfront Park is an icon of Charleston and a symbol of Southern hospitality. Wherever you travel in Charleston, you’ll see the ubiquitous pineapple emblem on homes, in stores, and many other places. Visit Charleston’s most famous pineapple and  photograph the fountain from an angle on land or over the water.

Best time to photograph: Any time of day.

6. The Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge

Another iconic spot in Charleston, the Ravenel Bridge offers spectacular views of the Cooper River, the skyline, and the peninsula. The bridge was commissioned by retired U.S. Congressman Arthur Ravenel, Jr. to replace the old, dangerous bridge that connected downtown Charleston to Mount Pleasant. Since its opening in 2005, the Ravenel Bridge has become one of the Holy City’s most popular emblems.  

Best time to photograph: Sunrise, midday, sunset, and nighttime are popular times for a shoot.

What are some of your favorite places in Charleston for photography? Let us know in the comments below! If you’re interested in hiring us for stock, real estate, aerial, or interior design photography, give us a call at (843) 732-6111 or request a quote here.

Why You Should Hire a Professional Photographer

Now that many people have a cell phone with a camera, professional photography may not seem to be worth the price anymore. Why should you hire someone when you or a close by relative can do it for free on her iPhone? Yet when you invest in a professional photographer, like Ellis Creek Photography, you are not just paying for photos of your business or real estate. Below are some reasons why you should definitely hire a professional photographer.

Education and Experience

Professional photographers are called professionals for a reason. There is much more to photography then just pushing a button. There is finding the best lighting, knowing your camera inside and out, and capturing the perfect tone and moment in a photograph. Most amateur photographers just don’t have the expertise to be able to find these things that many photographers have gone to school for and have years of experience with.

Technology

Everyone needs to invest in their career to have be successful and professional photographers are the same. Professional photographers have the best equipment in the industry and produce superior photos because of it. Even though you can easily go out and buy a good camera that can produce amazing pictures, there is often more technology that goes into it then just the camera such as lights and special lens.

Professional Investment

A professional photographer that you hire is going to be committed to your project. If something happens on the day of your shoot, the photographer is contractually guaranteed to make sure the job is still done on time. An amateur photographer, on the other hand, might not be held by a contract and if something does happen, time and possibly money can go down the drain.

All of these reasons go back to quality. By paying for a professional photographer, you are paying for professional, quality photos of your business. At Ellis Creek Photography, we provide the absolute best quality in our photos and are willing to go well beyond to capture the beauty of your home or office. Click here to see some of our work and see what a professional photographer, like us, can do.

Capturing Every Detail: Interior Design Photography

Real estate companies, hotels, restaurants, cafes, and other businesses rely on beautiful interior photography to attract customers and stand out from competitors. Whether you are photographing commercial or residential spaces, interior design techniques will always come in handy. Here are five tips for capturing every detail with interior design photography.

1. Create an ambiance

What do you feel when you look at the picture below? Are the open spaces calming, the light blue walls relaxing? Can you almost feel the ocean breeze from an open window? Are you imagining waking up to a warm, summer day at the beach? When you’re photographing an interior, consider the kind of ambiance you want to create. For example, opening the curtains will allow the space to feel larger, brighter, and more inviting.

  Photography by Ellis Creek

Photography by Ellis Creek

2. Control the lighting

When shooting indoors, you’ll want to use a combination of flash and ambient lighting for crisp, clean photos. If possible, shoot during the “golden hours” of photography in the early morning or late afternoon. Open window shades and doors to give yourself as much sunlight as possible. The key is to limit your ambient light to one source to avoid color casts and confusing shadows.

  Photography by Ellis Creek

Photography by Ellis Creek

3. Vary your angle

When photographing small rooms, it is easy to feel like you lack the space to fully capture your subject. However, if you are creative with your angle, you will find the room to photograph. Back yourself into a corner of the of a kitchen or bedroom to fully capture its contents. In larger spaces, a higher camera position is helpful. Consider a composition that allows the viewer to visually “walk through” the space by moving furniture and not shooting too low.

  Photography by Ellis Creek

Photography by Ellis Creek

4. Shoot straight on

One technique that helps draw attention to a single arrangement is to shoot a “One point perspective,” where you align the camera to face directly at a wall. While this composition can tend to shorten the appearance of a  space, it is great for highlighting natural symmetry and design of a space. . Align the camera with one of the walls and take your photo. Interior design photos are professional, meaning that if contort yourself in bizarre angles, bizarre pictures will be the result.

  Photography by Ellis Creek

Photography by Ellis Creek

5. Use the proper equipment

First, invest in a good tripod for whatever camera you are shooting with. Tripods can be adjusted to any height and allow for longer shutter speeds. Unlike using your hands, a tripod will prevent blurry  photos. For beginning interiors photography, you don't have to spend thousands of dollars on equipment, but its best to use a camera that offers a fully manual mode so you can control all aspects of the exposure.. For instance, by increasing or decreasing the aperture, you can blur out the background or foreground and capture the depth of the space you are photographing.  

  Photography by Ellis Creek

Photography by Ellis Creek

Interested in professional, high-quality photos of interior design, stock, residential properties, and commercial buildings? Reach out to our expert team at Ellis Creek Photography. We also excel in daytime, twilight, and aerial photography. For examples of our work, click here.

Charleston Aerial Photography: Some Questions and Answers

Drone photography in Charleston, SC is an exciting field, to say the least. Over the past few years, we’ve watched drones become smaller, lighter, stronger, and easier to control, all of which are great things for Charleston aerial photography. At Ellis Creek Photography, we have fully incorporated these technological improvements into our photography services, offering our clients spectacular wide-angle shots of all sorts of large properties for lower costs than ever before. We recently interviewed Joshua Corrigan, the principal photographer and resident drone photography expert at Ellis Creek Photography, to find out as much as we could about how he and his team use these amazing machines.

Techniques of the Interior Design Photographer in Charleston, SC

Techniques of the Interior Design Photographer in Charleston, SC

Every photographer in Charleston, SC has their own unique set of experiences, education, equipment, assistants, and knowledge, all of which come through in their photographs. This is true whether the photographer in question works with photographing special events like weddings, architectural features, or beautifully decorated interiors. The average magazine reader or real estate shopper doesn’t typically see “through” the photographs they’re looking at to see all of that background, but it’s unquestionably the secret behind truly striking photography. With this article, we give you a little insight into that background, telling you how a photographer in Charleston, SC creates great interior design shots by pulling together all of their technological, intellectual, and artistic resources.