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    Architecture photo techniques book. Which one?

    As an avid landscape photographer, and one who has little experience with flash photography, what would be a good starter book for shooting architecture?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Architecture photo techniques book. Which one?

    By far the best I have found is Norman McGrath's "Photographing Buildings Inside and Out," ISBN 0-8230-4016-X. I bought 3 or 4 different books when I first started doing architectural stuff, and this one has by far been the most helpful.

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    Architecture photo techniques book. Which one?

    I took and can recommend Norman McGrath's workshop, which is offered through the Calumet Instutute in Salisbury, Meriland during June. He also offers one through the Maine Photographic Workshops during August. He pretty much starts at the beginning, shows equipment, goes on site, and offers topics after dinner. He covers flash, large places, small places, outside, inside, etc. He's an excellent teacher who's able to get around to all of his students.

    One opportunity, he tends to wait until the given day to decide on and locate that day's on-site location. Still, we didn't lack for good architecture to photograph in the Salisbury area. All in all, it was an excellent experience.

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    Architecture photo techniques book. Which one?

    Andy, this question appears from time to time, and the above- mentioned McGrath book seems to get the most votes each time.

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    Architecture photo techniques book. Which one?

    There are a couple of older View Camera issues that focused on architectural photography. They are a good supplement to the McGrath book. Also, the book by Gerry Kopelow is quite good.

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    Architecture photo techniques book. Which one?

    Dear Andy

    I have, enjoy and found benefit from Sinar's Creative Large Format- Architectural Photography book. In fact, I was going back and reading sections only this weekend. Obviously, there is bias for the use of Sinar, but not exclusively. Some of the contributed images were shot with other camera brands.

    Thanks to the other people who responded. I will look for this other book to add to my library as well. Good suggestion.

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    John

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    Architecture photo techniques book. Which one?

    Andy- There are a couple of older books that might be helpful: Architectural Photography, John Veltri/Amphoto and one that I found helpful many years ago: Photographing Architecture and Interiors/Julius Shulman/Whitney Library of Design. Somewhere I recall hearing that the latter has been updated. Also, go to a library and look at what is being done in the architectural magazines such as Architectural Record (assuming they are still publishing). Hope this helps. By the way, a 90mm is an excellent choice for 4x5. Regards, Merg

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    Architecture photo techniques book. Which one?

    Dear Andy

    Have you seen the book "Building Images: Seventy Years of Photography at Hedrich Blessing"? They are a leading Chicago based photographic firm which specializes in architectural photography. Wonderful images and terrific ideas, but it does not give much in specific information. However, it should go on your bookself!

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    John Bailey

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    Architecture photo techniques book. Which one?

    A year ago I decided to enlarge my repertoire of large format techniques (and clients!), by seriously studying and practicing architectural photography, and so I went about purchasing every available volume on contemporary architectural photography. Norman McGrath's _Photographing Buildings Inside and Out_ is certainly the most comprehensive, and the volume best illustrated with examples. I would also, however, recommend the two Michael Harris books, _Professional Interior Photography_, and _Professional Architectural Photography_ (this second volume deals largely with building exteriors). Harris' book on interior photography is the only one I've found that gives completely documented examples of balancing multiple light sources: how to measure ambient light from windows, how to measure flash fill, how to set up the ratios of the two sources and control them precisely, suggested bracketing patterns. There are also some good examples of specific situations in the book _Interior Shots: A Guide to Professional Lighting Techniques_ by Roger Hicks and Frances Schultz.

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    Architecture photo techniques book. Which one?

    I second John's suggestion for the Hedrich Blessing book. You're not going to gain much of anything technical from it, but I have yet to see any body of architectural work that is so artfully done, or much that comes close. I've got my copy right here in front of me, and it really does show you exactly wat *can* be done with architectural photography.

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