I have a question which I have always been curious about but now have a practical reason for asking. The question is regarding what I would call Professional Photography. Ill try to explain: The best example is a motion picture. There is something about the photography that can not be duplicated by regular people. I am not even sure how to describe it but it is very apparent when you see it. An example that is more to the point is the photography you see in magazine spreads. I could be standing right next to the guy taking the picture and could never duplicate his results. I guess the best way to describe what I am talking about is the pictures just look more real than your run of the mill pictures. And I doubt if computer enhancement is the whole story since the quality I am talking about existed long before high powered computers. Granted Motion Pictures use millions of dollars worth of equipment but what I am referring to is evident in magazines, posters, and array of other media. I am not even sure exactly what it is that does make these types of pictures different, but like I said, you know it when you see it. The reason I am asking is I am in the process of creating a Website for my wifes Real Estate Company and will need pictures of local landmarks to put in it. And they should not look like some guy went out with an instamatic to take a few snapshots. I have looked at other Websites and the quality I am talking about is evident in many of the pictures on their sites. So I know it is possible. I am not sure if you should post links on forums but I will be happy to post it so the rest of you can see what I am talking about if it is acceptable to do so. My basic question is are these pictures a result of the equipment used or the way the picture is taken? I am not talking about composition, it is more the quality of the photography itself. I have tried to determine just what it is about these pictures that makes them different. I think part of it is accomplished by opening the aperture wide open so there is much more of the foreground and background in focus at the same time. I hope this makes sense. I hesitated to even ask this since I am having a hard time even describing what I am talking about. But I am going to have to go out and get these pictures and hoped someone could tell me how these shots were taken and if it was possible for me to at least approximate them.