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Photographing Architecture: Around Town or Far Afield
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Learn to explore the creative and technical aspects of architectural photography. In this exciting 4-week course, we'll discuss lighting and composition as it relates to architecture, the best ways to capture popular architectural subjects, and how to isolate eye-catching details. You'll also learn how to photograph night scenes, city skylines, and interiors. The instructor, Lynne Eodice, is the former features editor for Petersen's PHOTOgraphic magazine, and the author of "Photos That Inspire/Photo Workshop." Whether you have aspirations to become an architectural photographer - or you simply love to shoot pictures of interesting buildings - you'll enjoy learning the nuts and bolts of architectural photography!
- A wide world of architecture
- Lighting and composition - and capturing the big and small picture
- Interior, low light and night photography
- People and architecture - and shooting and processing techniques
- What constitutes good architectural subjects, and equipment choices for capturing them.
- Techniques for photographing historical and modern architecture.
- Choosing the best light, compositional elements, and photographing specific structural styles and details.
- Shooting interiors, low-light scenes, and city skylines after dark.
- When to include people in your architectural compositions.
- Shooting and post-processing tips.
What You Get
You get direct feedback on your photos from world-acclaimed, professional photographers. You can learn photography in this way from anywhere in the world.
- Learn at your pace, with structure.
- Be guided by a real pro instructor.
- Get your photos critiqued every week.
- Join students from around the world.
- Go far beyond any book or DVD.
- Make great pictures, again and again!
The author of Photos That Inspire,
Lynne Eodice teaches a number of excellent online classes for BetterPhoto.com (see the current course listing below.) She is also the former Feature Editor for Petersenís PHOTOgraphic.
A native of Southern California, Lynne was educated at Pasadena City College and Cal Poly Pomona. Her love of photography began after her husband gave her a 35mm SLR as an anniversary gift. She began her career as a feature writer & photographer for local newspapers that included Pasadena Weekly and The Herald Tribune.
Besides having articles and photos published regularly in PHOTOgraphic, she has contributed to Rangefinder, Digital Photographer and California Tour & Travel, as well as PHOTOgraphicís Buyerís Guide, Big Book of Photography and Family Photo magazines. Her images have appeared in a popular instructional book called The Complete Idiotís Guide to Photography, and she has marketed her stock photos through Index Stock Imagery in New York.
Lynne has exhibited her fine-art scenic photography at Kolb Studio and the visitorís center at Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, at Occidental College in Eagle Rock, California, and at venues throughout the San Gabriel Valley. In addition, she has taught many classes, seminars and workshops.
In the fall of 2007, she was honored as one of the Women Achievers in the San Gabriel Valley in Business Life magazine.
Lynne currently lives with her husband, Dennis and their dog, Chiquita in Altadena, California.
Sample Photos by the Instructor
© Lynne Eodice
© Lynne Eodice
1. The Wide World of Architectural Photography
Architecture encompasses a broad range of subjects, ranging from contemporary skyscrapers to historical ruins. We'll explore architecture and other structures as photographic subjects, and vintage vs. modern architecture. We'll also delve into photo gear choices, including telephoto, "normal" and wide-angle lenses, filters and tilt-shift lenses. We'll discuss how to avoid distortion and keystoning -- and when you might want to use it.
Assignment: Shoot and submit 4 images of structures, both old and modern.
2. Lighting and Composition - and Capturing the Big and Small Picture
As with all photography, lighting is the key to getting a great architectural photo. We'll explore how changing light affects buildings or structures, and the best time of day for photographing them. We'll also look at various ways to compose architectural images, and will learn the best ways to capture popular architectural subjects. This lesson also focuses on shooting the "big" picture vs. architectural details, and whether to show a building in a broader setting or isolate smaller details.
Assignment: Shoot and submit 2 sets of images - for a total of 4 photos - which show a broad view of a building, taken from a distance or with a wide-angle lens vs. the smaller details, photographed up close or with a telephoto lens.
3. Interiors, Low Light and Night Photography
This lesson will first explore interior photography and ways of working with low light - tripods, ISO settings, whether or not to use flash, and white balance settings. From there, we'll explore the wonderful world of nighttime photography: Shooting at "magic hour," capturing building lights at night, the importance of tripods, and how to shoot city skylines and city streets.
Assignment: Shoot and submit 4 architectural images taken at sunset, during magic hour or after dark.
4. People and Architecture; Shooting and Processing
We'll explore the role of people in your architectural or suburbia images - a well-placed person or group can add human interest. From there, we'll discuss the pros and cons of shooting RAW vs. Jpeg images when shooting architecture, and a few post-processing pointers. We'll also look at how you can use black & white and sepia tones to create a mood or to impart an image with a vintage look.
Assignment: Shoot & Submit 5 images that represent some of the elements we've covered over the past 4 weeks - old & new architecture, lighting, composition, details, wide overviews, night photography, interiors, people and architecture, or black and white processing.
© Lynne Eodice
© Lynne Eodice
- A digital SLR camera is preferred, although a compact "point-and-shoot" digital camera with selectable controls is also acceptable.
- Lenses (or a built-in zoom lens) ranging from wide-angle to telephoto focal lengths are recommended.
- A tripod is strongly recommended.
- An accessory flash unit is suggested, but not required.
Who is this course intended for?
Advanced beginners and photo enthusiasts who have some experience with their camera can take this class. Anyone who wants to learn more about architectural photography is welcome!
Will this course include instruction on image editing?
Yes. In Lesson #4, we will explore some basic image-editing techniques as they apply to architectural photography.
Why should I take this course?
Many people - myself included - enjoy photographing interesting structures. Architecture is a very popular travel photography subject, and if you're like me, you've probably photographed many buildings, details and landmarks. This class will give you the tools to capture stronger images, even if you don't aspire to become a commercial architectural photographer!
© Lynne Eodice
© Lynne Eodice
Do I have to be online at any specific time?
No, you do not need to be online at any specific time. The lessons are sent to your email and you are also provided the Campus Square - where you interact with your classmates and instructor. This is also where you upload your photos to be critiqued by your instructor. The instructors are very punctual and respond quickly.
Will I have access to the instructor to ask questions during the photo course?
Absolutely! Students can ask questions in the special Q&A forum set up in the course's Campus Square, or can ask the instructor via email.
Do you offer a money back guarantee?
Yes. We are confident that you will fully enjoy our courses. All the same, for our 8-week classes, we offer a 100% money-back guarantee before the Wednesday that Lesson #3 is sent out. If for any reason, you are not satisfied and let us know that you would like to withdraw before the Wednesday that Lesson #3 is sent, you will be promptly refunded.
For our 4-week courses, we offer a 100% money back guarantee before the Wednesday that Lesson #2 is sent out from BetterPhoto. If for any reason you are not satisfied and you let the ordering department know that you would like to withdraw before the Wednesday that Lesson #2 is sent, you will be refunded within 7 days. After the second lesson has been sent out, no refunds will be given.
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