March 24th, 2014
Last night I was looking at all the PFRE Photographer Of The Month contest entries that were awarded points by the jury. It occurred to me that all of these 17 entries had for the most part managed to get rid of all the classic interior shot distracting effects like wide angle abuse, lens distortion, converging verticals, chromatic aberration, color and white balance problems. The primary difference in most of these top 17 entries was down to what did the image of the room feel like? An image feels as it does because of the way the lines, shapes and color work together and what feeling that creates. That’s, composition.
Real estate photographers probably don’t think enough about composition enough because it’s easy to get distracted by all the technical and process stuff and not leave enough time to think about composition. Yet it has a big impact on the effectiveness of a image. I was looking back over many years of blog posts to see how much I’d talked about composition here on the blog. In doing so I ran across Scott Hargis’s great little tutorial on composition (video was shot by Malia Campbell) that he did 2.5 years ago. It’s a great way to get started thinking about all the various aspects of composition. It is well worth watching even if you’ve seen it before, or even if you have seen it.