Using Contrast for Better Cityscape Compositions

Last week, we showed you multiple ways to use contrast to improve your architectural images. This week, let’s talk about cityscapes! While it might not be always as obvious, you can certainly use contrast to your advantage with cityscapes too. Of course, the first option is to find a scene with dark and bright areas, […]

Using Contrast to Improve Your Architectural Images

This week, let’s talk about a simple way to improve your architectural images: contrast. If you want more compositions and retouching tips, check out our Tips + Tricks post category. We regularly write about different ways to create stronger compositions, as well as post-processing techniques. Contrast can be as simple a dark vs bright. Using […]

Student Images from our 2020 Miami Workshop

Last week, we shared our own images from the Miami Workshop. This week, we wanted to showcase our students’ work, as they got some great shots during the workshop. After each workshop, we do a critique session online, and it’s always a treat to see what everyone shot. Caren Mlot It was Caren’s first workshop […]

2020 Miami Workshop Recap

This past February, we went back to Miami for our second workshop. While the city is well-known for its Art Deco buildings, there’s a lot of great modern architecture that makes it a great location for a workshop! Despite a few showers, we had a great time with a fantastic group of 9 people! We […]

Six Tips for Aerial Photography from a Helicopter

While not one of the main topics of this blog, aerial photography is a great way to capture cityscapes. Lately, drones are all the rage but they still have a lot of limitations, and it can’t be compared to the experience of shooting from a helicopter. It’s a great way to see your city from […]

Architectural Composition Tool: Filling the Frame

When creating architectural images the biggest consideration in composition is isolation, meaning what to include and exclude within your frame. The two basic ways to go about this are filling the frame, which we’ll discuss in more depth today, and negative space, which we’ve discussed in the past, here. As opposed to the negative space […]

Cityscapes in Black & White

Most often we think of cityscapes and all their colorful glory during golden hour and blue hour. While this is ideal and a beautiful way to capture our cities, let’s not overlook the qualities black & white can bring to our cityscape shots. In fact, there are a number of situations where black & white […]

How to photograph fireworks and cityscapes

Summertime means fireworks in a lot of places. National holidays like the 4th of July are an obvious event, but many places do them all summer long, like Navy Pier in Chicago (every Wednesday & Saturday night between Memorial Day and Labor Day). Let’s see how you can get some interesting cityscapes shots with fireworks. […]

Getting creative with cityscapes

I love shooting cityscapes and I always spend some time researching good locations when I visit a new city. Sometimes, it’s hard not to shoot the obvious view and get the same shot as everyone else. So here are a few tips to get more creative with your cityscapes. I’m also including examples from a […]

Chicago Skyline Views from the 18th Street Bridge

The 18th Street Bridge is not as well know for skyline images as the Adler Planetarium, but it’s a great location that offers a variety of views. The bridge goes over the south branch of the Chicago River, as well as a railyard, which are great foregrounds. The easiest way to access the bridge is […]