November 20th, 2013
This is a tutorial that Scott and Malia did a couple of years ago. I’ve none a post on it before, but composition is a super important subject in real estate photography and this tutorial is worth watching again if you’ve already seen it.
The most important question you need to ask yourself with each photo is what is the story you want to tell with the photo in terms of features and layout and feeling of the room. As Scott says “What is the photo about?”
Once you have that concept in mind of what the photo is about it can guide decisions about what to include and what to exclude. You also can recognize which visual elements of the photo distract from the story and which visual elements add to your story.
The three main concepts that Scott covers in this tutorial are:
- Resist racking your wide-angle lens out to the widest focal length and including as much of the room as possible. Think about how the room feels rather than just how it looks.
- Think about how foreground visual elements work in relation to background elements.
- Think about shapes and tones in the room.
Oh yeah, and you need to practice this stuff. Some people get these concepts faster than others, but we all need to practice to get good at it! Another good way to practice these concepts is to think and talk about your work and the work of others on the PFRE flickr forum. Frequently others will see things you don’t notice.