Student Images from the 2022 Los Angeles Workshop

Last month we had a great 3 days exploring Los Angeles! Such a great group for my first workshop outside of Chicago since covid. A big thanks to them for being so patient with a number of last-minute itinerary changes due to covid and unplanned access issues. This year, we spent 3 full days exploring […]

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 […]

Student Images from our 2019 Los Angeles Workshop

After each workshop, we have a critique session to give some feedback to our students, both in terms of composition and post-processing. We love that session because we get to see our students’ images and they always impress us and surprise us with new angles. So after sharing our own images, here are images from […]

2019 Los Angeles Workshop Recap

A couple of weeks ago, we went to Los Angeles for our third workshop! There is a lot of great architecture to photograph in LA, and it’s one of our favorite cities to teach our workshop in. We had beautiful weather (if only a little chilly) and, as usual, a great group to spend the […]

Guest Post: Bryan Esler on Using Long Exposures for Architectural Photography

We’re back with a new guest blog post with our friend Bryan Esler! He’s going to talk about long exposures for cityscapes and architecture. Bryan Esler is a corporate, landscape and event photographer located in Grand Rapids, Mich. He has worked with clients such as CNBC, Michigan State University, ArtPrize, Steelcase, SpartanNash and more. His […]

Publication: Broad Museum |Departures Magazine

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What a thrill to see one of my images of the soon-to-be-opened Broad Museum published in the September issue of Departures Magazine. I was in Los Angeles earlier this year and had a rare day all to myself with nothing to do but make images. The Broad was at the top of my list and […]

The Spectacular Griffith Observatory

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Ah…the last stop of my photographic day in Los Angeles was the Griffith Observatory. Such spectacular views, day and night. I almost bailed on this stop because as I was driving downtown I realized I completely forgot my tripod back in Chicago. Guess that’s what happens when you never use a tripod and haven’t photographed […]

Revisiting the Disney Concert Hall

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The Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles, designed by the incomparable Frank Gehry, is quite possibly my favorite building. At least that I’ve photographed so far. I have yet to make it to his Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Spain and I just missed the completion of the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris last summer…so […]

Calder's Four Arches

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Alexander Calder‘s sculptures are distinct and quite easy to spot with his signature Calder Red and massive steel arches. His Four Arches sculpture in Los Angeles is the third Calder sculpture I’ve photographed. Late last year I was lucky enough to come across his Stabile Rouge in Paris’s La Defense and, of course, Chicago’s Flamingo […]

Los Angeles Wandering's

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While I was in Los Angeles last week I had a whole list of buildings and locations I wanted to photograph. This is very contrary to how I usually shoot. I typically prefer focusing on one building or location. I just feel like I come back with better images since I have more time to […]