As a branch of commercial photography, Education Photography encompasses all types of photography related to the education sector. It involves more than the much-anticipated (or dreaded) yearly school photos and can be used in a myriad of ways. The photographs that are taken by professionals, like myself, can be a valuable tool in the recruitment of students, faculty and other categories of staff. Such images can highlight the benefits of studying or working at the institution. For this purpose, administrators will definitely want professional looking pictures which can effectively convey the atmosphere and ethos of the facility. Expertly taken photographs of the happenings in an educational institution can also be used as accompaniments to annual reports and press releases, as well as in the institution’s annual magazine. Photographs are also a great way to show off the school’s achievements in both academic and extra-curricular areas. Students can be shown in preparation and training, as well as in competitions representing the schoo. Professional Educational Photography can also help to garner funding and support for particular programs within the institution. Whatever uses the pictures are meant for, will likely call for images of the physical plant and so a photographer who has experience in both interior and exterior photography is the best choice. The photo above shows exterior photography done at an educational institution – the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology situated in the desert on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi, UAE. It’s $1 billion campus has special features to ensure that the university makes best use of the desert wind and sun. Its most notable features include a fleet of subterranean electrical cars and a wind tower which cools the courtyard. In the picture, you can see portions of the array of solar panels which provide all the electrical power the campus needs.