Photography For Real Estate

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Composing Your Photograph

Posted by larrylohrman on March 28, 2006

Composing a photograph is a process of finding, clarifying and framing a shot. Composing involves deciding what to include and what to leave out. To guide your decision of what include and leave out you need an idea of what is important or special about the space you are shooting. Ask yourself, “What is it that I want to communicate with this image?”

In going back and looking at some of the interior images I’ve shot over the last few years I’ve run across several that I am guilty of not thinking about what the important elements of the space are before I setup and shoot. It’s easy to be rushed by real or apparent time pressure and to just shooting first and think about the shot later.

The image above is an example of a shot I didn’t do much thinking about. This is a wonderfully designed and styled living room with a beautifully detailed marble fireplace flanked and stunning floor to ceiling windows and I’ve obstructed the view these important elements with an unimportant couch and table in the foreground. The couch and table in the foreground add little and are more of a distraction.

Thinking about this situation now I’d like to go back and move the foreground couch and table out of the way to shoot the same angle and to try shooting other angles as well. I went back and looked at all the shots of the room (only 3) and they were only slight variations of this shot. This is a case where moving around furniture could have produced a shot that better communicated the elegance of this room.


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