How To Photograph Buildings

Why do we photograph buildings? While we’re out and about, especially when we travel, buildings are often the focal points of our surroundings. There are certain techniques that can be used to photograph the buildings well and capture the essence of what you see with the naked eye.

How To Find The Leading Lines

If the object is guiding eyes in a certain direction along a path, you have found the leading lines. In other words, certain lines along the frame of a building will bring your eyes a certain way when viewing the building. This principle can help you to frame a good photograph.

Symmetry Is Your Friend

Just look up! Finding the symmetry (or lack of) when looking at a building can help you to find the perfect point at which to frame your picture. If a building is off kilter, curvy, or unique beyond straight lines, you’ll for sure want to highlight that in your photograph.

Check out this cool picture of part of a building from Olvera Street in Los Angeles

“Olvera Street Windows”




Why The Camera Doesn’t Always Make Us Look Good

Have you ever had a photo taken of yourself, and thought, “Wow, do I look awful!” While photos aren’t meant to solely be a dig at our self-esteem, there’s a reason that the mirror and photos make us appear completely different.

The Camera Adds Ten Pounds!

This is sort of true. While eating a diet full of fast food is inevitably going to make you appear a bit larger than a camera will, the camera does add a few pounds to your appearance in certain circumstances. It all depends upon the type of lens being used.

Wide Angle Lenses

Wide angle lenses provide a shot that’s wider than your own eyes can even see. When this type of lens is used, it can actually bloat objects in the middle of the frame and stretch other objects that are on the outskirts of the frame. 

Telephoto Lenses

These lenses are more flattering on their subjects. Most photographers won’t use a wide angle lens for a project that is strictly for portrait photography. Telephoto lenses actually slightly compress the width of the “widest” parts of its subject. When you think of this kind of lens, think of the paparazzi. They will make you look flattering!

Other Sources Of Distortion

There are a few other ways that subjects in photos can become distorted. Lighting is one of the main causes of this difference in appearance. The flash, for example, illuminates a subject quite harshly. This is why lighting is one of the most important aspects of both photo shoots and television and movie shoots. Lighting should accentuate soft shadows of the face. A bright light shining directly on the subject is too prominent turns a face into something that should be in a horror movie- a shadowless figure. 

Mirrors Lie Too

Mirrors literally flip your own image around. The image you are used to seeing of yourself is actually the exact opposite of how you appear to others in the outside world. Trippy, right? Mirrors ultimately show a much different perspective than that of a photographer.

The right photographer can capture your true beauty with the right tools and setting. Just remember, beauty takes time!

This squirrel sure had a fun time posing for the camera. He didn’t even ask if he looked okay!


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Photography And Videography: Different Mediums With A Similar Approach 


As someone who loves taking photos, I wondered if videography would make use of the same skills that being a photographer did. It turns out that the two mediums cross over with one another quite nicely. Both have their creative aspects, yet having a background in production like I do, really helps in completing both kinds of projects. Being organized and planning your shoots is key. Spontaneous shots are always great, but there needs to be a method in place.    

As a photographer, the perfect shot happens when all of the elements needed for a great picture come together. In many respects, videography needs those same pieces to come together in order to have a great finished product. These include

  • Lighting
  • The position of the various on-screen (or in-frame) elements
  • A mood is set
  • The moment or message needs to be captured
  • A good edit

Tools Needed

Both photography and videography cross over in the tools that are needed. A good camera is needed for both. This type of equipment can be described as one with top quality resolution and definition. One of the most important things is to understand how the camera you’re working with functions.

What’s Needed For Both Photography And Videography

  • Lighting
  • Composition
  • Field

These are the main elements of a photo or video shoot. Whether you’re shooting an instructional video that’s more or less stationary or trying to capture an action shot, these are the things that are necessary for a successful photo or video shoot. Your ability to use the camera to capture your goal image is the power behind the goal.

Videography By Richard Hinds

I have crossed over into the videography world! You can check out Videography By Richard Hinds right here. See some links to samples of my work below. I look forward to putting my skills to the test for a variety of projects in the world of video.    

Reis Real Estate Town Highlights

Empire Fitness



Tips For Shooting Photographs In The Snow


The winter may seem like a time when we’re stuck indoors, waiting for spring, cursing the groundhog for seeing his shadow. Winter is, in fact, one of the most breathtaking seasons with plenty to see and take pictures of. Bundle up, because we’re going to give you some tips for taking great winter photographs.

Wear Sunglasses If Needed

If it’s a sunny day, the light reflects off of the snow pretty intensely. Wearing sunglasses can help to reduce the glare.

Keep Your Camera Within Temperature

It’s worse to try and keep your camera warm when you’re in cold temperatures. Glass will fog up and you’ll miss your shot. Worse, you could end up shorting out components inside of the camera due to extreme temperature changes. If your camera is outside, let it adjust to that temperature. The only component you should keep warm inside of your coat is your spare batteries. They’ll drain faster when exposed to the cold.   

If Your Camera Allows You To Shoot In RAW, Use It

Using RAW gives you a good amount of flexibility with the editing process. It also allows you to solve problems that you may not have been able to correct, had you shot in a standard format. 

Don’t Use Auto Mode

This goes without saying for many photographers, but your images are more likely to come out darker and with a less desirable lighting than if you shoot in manual and adjust the aperture accordingly.

To Rid Falling Snowflakes:

  • Use a tripod
  • Increase aperture
  • Shoot with a delayed shutter

This can help you to get a better shot since the snowflakes won’t have time to get in your picture. Sometimes, you may actually want a snowy effect in your picture. Go for it! This technique is useful for those flakes that are falling super close to the camera.

With the right planning, you can have a successful photography session in the snow. The most important things are to keep warm and have your equipment handy.

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