RESOURCES FOR LEARNING PHOTOGRAPHY

                               BOOKS, PODCASTS, WEBSITES, ETC.

 

 

 

 

  RECOMMENDED RESOURCES FOR LEARNING PHOTOGRAPHY

 

  • ARCHITECTURE PHOTOGRAPHY (This photography resource was provided by Hazel, a young student who loves photography and whose goal is to pursue a career by attending an art school of  photography. Thanks for sharing this with us Hazel! )

    Written by Brian Enright

    Architecture PhotoWhether it's a special occasion, like a wedding or family reunion, or just taking a leisurely stroll through the park, taking photos is a fun and fulfilling hobby. If you enjoy experimenting with art and technology, then you might like photography as a personal hobby. From fun and silly selfies to taking snapshots of nature, photography can be a rewarding venture that helps capture the beauty and uniqueness of the world and people around us. Even if you just enjoy taking photos for personal use, photography is a wonderful form of self-expression and an excellent way to practice your craft.

    If you live in an area with interesting architecture, like tall skyscrapers, taking photos of these structures can be a very rewarding exercise. We've been taking photos of high-rise buildings all over America for the last 10 years and still get just as excited when we get that perfect building shot from the perfect angle.  Architecture photography is not only fun, but it's also a wonderful way to catalog the many man-made wonders we see in our everyday lives.

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    Architectural Photography 101

    Contrastly offers plenty of insight and helpful advice to show you how to take impressive and effective architectural photographs.

    Featured Photographers: National Gallery of Art

  • Discover some of the world's most famous architectural photographers and their work, listed by the National Gallery of Art.

  • Historic Building Photographs

    Take a closer look at many famous and historic buildings throughout the United States. Explore the architecture and its history through the lens of the photographer.

  • In Focus: Architecture

    Discover a few striking examples of exceptional architectural photography featuring buildings ranging from churches to high-rise skyscrapers.

  • Balance, Composition, and Geometry

    This is an interesting interview with one of the world's most famous modern architectural photographers, Tim Cornbill.

  • The Photographer Who Made Architects Famous

    Learn about the life and work of photographer Ezra Stoller as presented by NPR. The page also features a slideshow of some of his most famous work.

  • Photo Critique: Architecture

    Learn more about what makes certain architectural photographs so stunning and discover the many techniques and tips you can use yourself to create and capture stunning architectural photos of your own. Plenty of exceptional examples are included.

  • 10 Tips to Perfect Your Architectural Photography

    Ten helpful tips to assist you with improving your own architecture photography, whether you're a novice or someone who's been taking architectural photos for some time.

  • 12 Steps to Success as an Architectural Photographer

    Whether you're considering architecture photography as a career or just want to add some excellent shots to your portfolio, this page provides you with 12 helpful steps to success.

  • 10 Architectural Photography Tips to Get the Ultimate Shot

    Are you wondering how to capture the ultimate architecture shot? This page offers 10 tips that will help you ensure you've created the ultimate architectural photograph.

  • Interior Photography

    If you're fascinated by the interior aspect of architecture photography, this page provides in-depth information on the best equipment, composition tips, lighting, and much more to help you capture the ultimate interior design photographs.

  • A Brilliant Beginner's Guide to Architectural Photography

    If you're new to the world of architectural photography, this page provides a helpful and easy guide for beginners so you can shoot in confidence.

  • A Guide to Architectural Photography

    Discover some of the basics of architectural photography, bold photographic examples, and helpful tips to help you get you started at this link.

  • Sun and Lighting for Architectural Photography

    Learn how lighting factors like the sun and other light sources can impact the outcome and impactful look of your architectural photography.

  • 7 Tips for Better Architectural Photography

    If you've been wondering how to improve your architecture photographs, Light Stalking offers seven simple but effective tips that will help you create better photographs.

  • Stunning Photos of the Most Beautiful Buildings in the World

    If you're in need of some inspiration, Insider offers amazing photographs of some of the most beautiful buildings in the world to get you motivated to try your hand at architectural photography.

  • Interview with Chip Allen

    Read here for a fascinating interview with famous architectural photographer Chip Allen, where he provides insight and helpful information for aspiring photographers.

  • How Architectural Photographers Work

    If you're considering architecture photography as a career, read this interesting article that covers how these professional photographers work and what a typical experience might look like.

  • Ansel Adams

    Although most well-known for his photos of nature and landscapes, Ansel Adams was also an architectural photographer. Read more about his life and see some photos from his portfolio at this link.

  • 9 Practical Tips for Photographing Historic Buildings

    If you're interested in taking photos of historic buildings, this page provides nine helpful tips that will ensure you get the best, most effective photographs.

  • The Incredible History and Craftsmanship Behind Architecture's Most Famous Photographs

    Delve deeper into architecture photography with this website, featuring a fascinating history of some of the most famous architecture photographs.

  • Historic Chicago Architectural Photographs

    Explore this online gallery featuring some striking architectural photographs of buildings throughout the city of Chicago.

  • National Geographic Architecture Collection

    Explore some incredible architecture photos as presented by National Geographic. Click each photograph for more information and a more in-depth view.

  • Essential Gear

    If you're considering delving deeper into architecture photography, this page provides an in-depth list of some of the most essential gear to help you master the art.

  • The Complete Guide to Architecture Photography

    This page provides 98 helpful tips on taking excellent architecture photography ranging from the best equipment to how to photograph tall buildings and skyscrapers.

  • 8 Tips to Master the Art of Architecture Photography

    Learn eight helpful tips that will teach you how to master the art of architecture photography.

  • BOOKS
    • "The Digital Photography Book", Volumes 1 and 2, by Scott Kelby. These are in paperback and pretty reasonable in price.
    • "The BetterPhoto Guide to Exposure", by Sean Arbabi. Website: http://www.seanarbabi.com/home.html
    • Most important---YOUR CAMERA'S MANUAL! Read this before you even touch your camera. If you're lucky, you might find a "For Dummies" book or a "Magic Lanaten Guide" about your specific camera which are much easier to understand than the typical manual.
    • If money is an object, as it is with many of us these days, spend an afternoon in the Photography section of a library or book store looking at books with photos taken by professional photographers or instructional books written by professional photographers. Take paper and pencil and take notes.

 

  • BOOKS
    • "The Digital Photography Book", Volumes 1 and 2, by Scott Kelby. These are in paperback and pretty reasonable in price.
    • "The BetterPhoto Guide to Exposure", by Sean Arbabi. Website: http://www.seanarbabi.com/home.html
    • Most important---YOUR CAMERA'S MANUAL! Read this before you even touch your camera. If you're lucky, you might find a "For Dummies" book or a "Magic Lanaten Guide" about your specific camera which are much easier to understand than the typical manual.
    • If money is an object, as it is with many of us these days, spend an afternoon in the Photography section of a library or book store looking at books with photos taken by professional photographers or instructional books written by professional photographers. Take paper and pencil and take notes.

 

  • PODCASTS AND WEBSITES

There are numerous free photography podcasts and videos by professional photographers you can listen to on your I-Pod, I-Phone or other device.  It's a great way to pass time while you're walking or hiking, or you can watch the video on your computer or I-Pad or other similar device. Some of the best Podcasts I have found on I-Tunes are listed below (or you might be able to directly download or listen to them from the the photographer's website if you do not have I-Tunes). Most are a mix of conversation, reviews and recommendations of the best cameras and gear, some photo tips, and some respond to listerners' submitted questions. If you find one you like, you can click the "free subscription" button and future episodes will be downloaded to your device.  (Please try to support these photographers by buying their books or through other donations).

 

  • The website http://www.improvephotography.com is great source for all levels of learning photography. From the web site and through weekly podcasts, Photographer Jim Harner offers photography tips and techniques, recommendations for camera gear, and via the Podcast, answers questions from listeners. At a reasonable fee, the website also offers on-line lessons in all levels of photography, Photoshop, Photoshop Elements and Lightroom and offeres valuable feedback on your photos.
  • Check out Lynda.com. You pay a monthly or annual fee, but the photography classes (through on line videos and  training) are taught by top professionals.
  • PODCAST: The Candid Frame. (Website)  Host Ibarionex Perello, a photographer, writer and educator, conducts in-depth interviews with professional photographers. He recently interviewed Joel Sartore, a 20 year contributor to National Geographic.
  • WEBSITE: http://www.phlearn.com is a great site with free tutorials for both photography and Photoshop. You can also purchase more indepth tutorials for a reasonable fee.
  • PODCAST: "Photography Tips From the Top Floor", Chris Marquardt. Website: http://chrismarquardt.com/
  • PODCAST: "TWIP" (This Week in Photo), Professional photographers discuss the latest camera equipment, conduct in-depth interviews on photography and answer a few questions from listener. Website: http://www.thisweekinphoto.com/

 

  • PHOTOGRAPHERS WHO ARE CHANGING THE WORLD THOUGHT THEIR PHOTOS

 

Below are two photographers who are using their photography to inform and improve our world.  Their photos increase awareness of the importance of sustaining our planet and the life that inhabits it. 

 

  • I-PHONE (or other smartphone) APPS

    • "dSLR Toolkit for Dummies" by Skava
    • "DOF Master" - use to calculate Hyperfocal distance using camera format, lens, f/stop and other data from your camera settings
    • "PocketChris Basics" and PocketChris Advanced" an interactive book on your device to help you learn photography on the go, by Chris Marquardt.
    • "Photo Trainer", interactive app; you plug in your situation into the app, i.e. outdoor/day, outdoor night, sunset/sunrise, indoors, etc. and camera settings are suggested--of course they may not be completely accurate but it will give you an idea what the shutter speed and F-stop, ISO, etc. should be near and you can make further adjustments from there. 

 

  • MORE SUGGESTIONS
    • Take lessons at a local art museum, camera store, or ask a local professional photographer if they give lessons.
    • There are hundreds of websites with tutorials or to answer any questions you might have. Just do the research to find the best one.
    • Join a local camera club.
    • Sign up for a photo seminar.
    • Go on Photo outings by yourself, or with a friend.
    • Join a free photo sharing site like Google Plus, Flikr or others and get feedback from other photographers. Also check out National Geographic's "Your Shot" link. Here's my link on Your Shot. Joining and sharing your photos connects you with photographers all over the world.
      Note: Check the site's security section to find out who owns your photo after you upload it--you or the website.
    • And finally, just take as many pictures as often as you can. This trial and error method is really the best way to make progress with all you are learning. 

 

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