Being a really good photographer has plenty to do with your ability to capture images of objects exactly as they appear. Quite often, however, being an exceptional photographer involves the ability to see what isn’t really there (aka an illusion) and to present it in a visually stunning image. That’s true whether you are a Corporate Photographer in Washington DC or an editorial photographer in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Luckily for me, I’ve been both and much more, in-between! Optical illusions are always interesting features in photography. They are in nature, as well as in manmade structures and, as their name suggests, they have to do with light and how it is perceived. The illusion in the above photo involves the play of light on glass and how the reflection of light is viewed from the chosen angle. The location is underground at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi. The institute’s $1 billion, self-powered campus has a fleet of subterranean electric cars which provide transportation around the campus for staff and students. The vehicles are a part of the research university’s dedication to the development of environmental building techniques. Looking through the lens of his camera, a professional photographer’s can easily pick up visually arresting images such as this. It is a skill that serves you well regardless of what area of photography you specialize in. The professional Corporate Photographer in Washington DC knows that, very often, the images clients request of him are intended for use in advertising or will be used in some other manner to promote the entity’s products, services, operation or corporate image. Creating images like that attract and hold the viewer’s attention is key. Capturing those images is as much dependent on trained technical skills as it is on an innate ability to “see” (and photograph) much more than the ordinary photographer does.