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Mar 31st

Assignment Thirty Seven: “If You Build It…”

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“…We’ll shoot it for ya…”

{We had a discussion about one of the images and I offered to do my take on it in Photoshop. This is a quick job, not in the detail I would put into it if it were for my portfolio, but to show the concepts of what we can do with Photoshop and still keep the image somewhat true to the photographic spirit.}

The Final Image:


Saturday’s images:

Architecture is a very viable and strong segment of commercial photography. It has its own language and challenges, and as well, its own total niche.

Our assignment is to fully document an historical building in our town, or the newest building in our area. Yeah, the time of year may not be the best for your specific region, but it is what it is. Consider that part of the challenge if you will.

Whether you choose historical or new is your choice.

We need one overall shot and 2-4 closeups. I only want you to submit the overall shot, and one of the detail shots (yes, you can show more if you are a classic overachiever… heh).

I will caution you that this is not simply a drive up and click shoot. This shot has to be amazing. It has to be as well crafted as a still life.

You can light it or not, shoot it at night if that is best, do HDR if that helps, or get up in the wee hours to catch that early morning light.

I would imagine that scouting the shot before actually committing would be a good idea. You may even go back to the building in different times of day.

If you do not have a new or historical building, shoot the library or the town offices or the post office or whatever cool building you have there in your town.

This is a case of studying the building and the light, figuring the best lens choice and time of day.

Then MAKE this shot awesome.

Webinar, Thursday, April 10

Webinar, Saturday, April 12

  1. shane
    April 11, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Hey Don,

    Saturday’s webinar link keeps asking me to login to GoToWebinar…

    Not sure why…

    I’ll be on the lookout for a link!

    • Don
      April 11, 2014 at 5:01 pm

      Hi Shane.

      I have no idea what that was about. Replaced the link… seems to work now. I may have had a bad URL for the GTW page.

      Fixed. Thanks!

      • shane
        April 11, 2014 at 5:41 pm

        RGR DGR

        Thanks for the speedy fix!

  2. Ron Velasquez
    April 11, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    Don, I uploaded only one picture but I can’t upload the other ones. It only allowed me to select one picture for upload.. I will email you directly
    Ron Vel

  3. Leah Dodrill
    April 12, 2014 at 1:07 am

    I uploaded a set to Flickr:

  4. Shane
    April 12, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Hey Ron,

    If you just reload the page, you can upload another image. I had the same issue.

    Crazy computers….

  5. Shane
    April 12, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Leah – here is the Google “Helpout” that I mentioned:

    if that link doesnt work, search for Clayton Pritchard as the instructor…

    That link is for a free 30min chat, there are paid versions…