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Books for Your Library: ‘Planet Shanghai: Architecture Family Food Fashion and Culture of China’s Great Metropolis’

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Photo books are a great addition to any library. As photographers, we are constantly searching for new ideas and are always interested in seeing concepts-done-well. Here’s a suggestion to add to your library …

Justin Guariglia’s book, “Planet Shanghai: Architecture Family Food Fashion and Culture of China’s Great Metropolis,” is a wonderful photo essay on Shanghai, the legendary city of the East.
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The 240-page hardcover book is full of images that show a variety of emotion: striking, whimsical, reverent and light-hearted. The work is an intimate portrait of the people and places that make Shanghai an attraction to the masses.

Guariglia is no stranger to the city. Born in Maplewood, New Jersey, he was a student in China during the 1990s. He took an interest to the Daoist and Buddhist philosophies and spent months traveling to temples and holy sites. He spent nearly a decade documenting the Far East.

The book is available at Amazon.

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Written by jeremyparce

April 19, 2009 at 8:04 am

Photo Critique 13: ‘Beach Tower,’ by Gabriel M.

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I love critiquing photos. It’s the best way to learn and get new ideas for photo shoots. Today, we’re going to critique an image made by Gabriel, my friend in Miami, Florida.

"Beach Tower," by Gabriel M. of Miami, Florida.

"Beach Tower," by Gabriel M. of Miami, Florida.

General Overview:
Gabriel, this is a nice image that allows the viewer to take a break when they look at it. Architectural photography isn’t easy and this is a good attempt at making an image with appeal.
This is a nice image. Good job.

Improvements
Here are a few improvements I think will make the image better: First, the building looks like it is leaning. This is called perspective distortion and it happens when you tilt the camera up to capture the entire building. Those photographers who specialize in architecture photography use specialized lenses – called tilt-shift lenses – to stop this distortion from occurring.

Light editing removed the person from the beach and brought the color saturation out. (Photo Credit: Gabriel M. with edit by Jeremy Schneider)

Light editing removed the person from the beach and brought the color saturation out. (Photo Credit: Gabriel M. with edit by Jeremy Schneider)

Secondly, I think the person at the bottom corner of the image is distracting. If you wanted to incorporate both a person AND the building, it may have been better to get closer to the person and use a wide-angle lens so you can capture the whole scene.

Finally, I think you should edit the photos so the colors pop a little more.

Gabriel, keep up the good work. It’s good to see you try different forms of photography

Thanks for the submission, good luck and keep shooting!

If you would like to submit a photo for critique, e-mail us at submissions@brickhousephotoschool.com.

Written by jeremyparce

April 19, 2009 at 6:37 am