By comparison working from a photo makes it more difficult to get a feeling of 3D reality. Photos are flat and sometimes it is difficult to understand all the details. I sometimes use old photos for historical illustrations on my maps and there’s no way round that. But if I’m using my own photos to draw from later… and here’s the trick!.. I take several photos from slightly different viewpoints. Try it and you will find out what a big difference that makes.
EXAMPLE: HOLIDAY SNAPS When you are somewhere different, such as when you are on holiday, and would like to paint a scene from a photo when you get back home, take several photos from slightly different viewpoints; move around a bit between shots. At home have all the photos available on your tablet, phone or computer, or even print out a couple of the best ones to refer to. You will be able to interpret your photos much better than if you had just one.