By Lynne Eodice

How many times have you photographed a great building or a group of structures and were disappointed with the results? Your photos may have appeared overly busy, or just plain uninteresting.

The next time you’re tempted to capture the whole kit and caboodle, look for some interesting details to shoot instead.   You can often extract some very interesting design elements from the larger overall picture. The secret to getting good detail shots is to become aware – taking the time to notice the myriad parts that make up the whole.

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Caesar Palace Reflections

If your subject is nearby, you can isolate these details simply by getting close. For more distant subjects – such as the elegant design details on top of the Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles ­– you’ll need a long zoom or telephoto lens.

Pay close attention to lighting, too. Light coming from the side will emphasize your subject’s three-dimensional form and texture. If the building has a reflective façade, it may reflect light or mirror the surroundings in dramatic ways.

So the next time you’re photographing an interesting building, zoom in and isolate an intriguing design detail or two after you shoot the “bigger picture.”

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Disney Concert Hall

Here's a list of my top 5 favorite buildings to photograph in the U. S. to inspire you to seek out your own favorite buildings!

  1. Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, CA
  2. San Francisco De Asis Church, Taos, NM
  3. Chapel of the Holy Cross, Sedona, AZ
  4. Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, NV
  5. Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, Santa Fe, NM

Lynne will be teaching two classes at the Creative Photo Academy this October -- Architectural Photography on October 2 from 7-9pm, and Road Trip America on October 19, 10am12pm. Only $40 each! Click here to view more details or to reserve your spot!

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Photographer Profiles is a regular series on our blog in which we highlight photographers whose works we admire. We will feature photographers from all over the world -- award winners, authors, artists, teachers, and more. 

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Photographer Profile: Lynne Eodice

Lynne is a photographer, author, and former editor hailing from southern California. She is the former features editor for Peterson's PHOTOgraphic and has contributed her photos to a variety of publications: DoubleExposure.com, Rangefinder, California Tour & Travel, and Family Photo magazines, and to takegreatpictures.com.

She was very kind to take a moment and answer a few questions for us so that we can learn about her process and use her experiences as inspiration for our own photos! Lynne will be teaching two classes at PAUL'S in October: Architectural Photography on Tuesday, October 2, from 7-9pm, and Road Trip America on Saturday, October 19 from 10am-12pm.

1. How did you first get started in photography? 

My husband gave me my first SLR camera for one of our anniversaries back in the '80s. (His actual motivation was to use it, because he thought that I never would.) Later that year, we went on a road trip and I fell in love with travel photography. I've been hooked ever since!

2. What is your favorite subject to photograph?

I have several favorite subjects -- landscapes, architecture, and animals.

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3. Who are a couple of your favorite photographers (past or present)?

I admire a great many photographers, but my current favorites are Joyce Tenneson for her intriguing portrayals of women and William Neill for his beautiful landscape work.

4. Canon or Nikon?

I shoot with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II.

5.  What are three pieces of equipment you are never without (aside from your camera, of course)?

My Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 zoom, a 20mm f/2.8 prime, and Tiffen Skylight (protective) filters.

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6. What is the best advice about pursuing photography you've ever received?

The best advice I've been given about pursuing a career in photography was to also sharpen my writing skills. Writing and photography has led to editorial jobs with several magazines, as well as free-lance assignments where text and photography were important.

7. What is the most exciting project you've ever gotten to work on?

One project that stands out is when I hiked and photographed "The Wave" at Coyote Buttes North in Utah. I was an editor for Petersen's PHOTOgraphic at the time, and had a how-to story published in the magazine on "Photographing Canyon Splendors."

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To learn more from Lynne, check out her workshops coming up at the Creative Photo Academy this October. You can also visit her website and view more of her photos by clicking here.