Two Great Architectural Locations in Oklahoma City

Around the holidays, we took a road trip from Chicago to Phoenix. While it was mostly vacation and landscapes, we couldn’t resist checking out a few architectural locations on the way. One of the cities we stopped in was Oklahoma City and we found two locations with great modern architecture: the Scissortail Bridge and the […]

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 […]

Removing Dust Spots in Lightroom

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Ever finished post-processing an image and when you look at it later, you find a dust spot? It’s annoying and if you’re like me, you don’t want to spend your time looking at your image at 100% to make sure you don’t have dust spots. And if you shoot mirrorless, then dust spots are basically […]

Historic Architecture at the Panthéon in Paris

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The Panthéon is one of the locations we photograph during our Paris workshop. It was originally built in 1790 as a church dedicated to St. Genevieve, but it now is a mausoleum containing the remains of distinguished French citizens. Its neoclassic architecture is beautiful to photograph and it’s worth visiting even if you’re not a photographer. […]

Photographing the Chicago Bridges Lifts

Today, I wanted to share something that’s in between architecture and cityscapes: the Chicago Bridge Lifts! Every year, the bridges have to open to let sailboats move from between Lake Michigan and the Chicago River. Lifts are scheduled on several Wednesdays and Saturdays in April-May and October-November each year. In 2015, I was in Chicago for […]

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 […]

The best Chicago cityscapes

Chicago is known for its world-class architecture, and rightfully so. But where are the best places to capture views of the city? Let’s share our best location to photograph Chicago cityscapes and skyline views! Starting along the lake on the North side, we have North Avenue Beach. Closer to Downtown, you get a great skyline […]

Lakeshore Drive Bridge – How to get different moods for cityscapes

Time of day is a key element of shooting cityscapes. While you can definitely get great cityscapes in the middle of the day, my favorite time to shoot cityscapes is around sunrise or sunset. The light is softer and the city looks more interesting. Let’s see the different types of light you can get early […]

The Allen Lambert Galleria in Toronto

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Toronto has a little-known gem in its financial district: the Allen Lambert Galleria by Santiago Calatrava. The Galleria links the two towers of Brookfield Place with an indoor pedestrian street. The white metallic structure is Calatrava’s signature style, which is always great to photograph and this place is no exception. The wide shot is the more […]

Shooting different perspectives of the Eiffel Tower

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It doesn’t get much more iconic than the Eiffel Tower in Paris… Which is why we wanted to share different ways to capture wider cityscapes views of the French landmark. The most obvious shot is from the Trocadéro, across the Seine river. It’s a straight-forward location, with the obvious image being a centered, symmetrical composition. […]