January 20th, 2015
Are there any books out there that would be beneficial to learning composition techniques for RE photography? I think I could use a little help with the basics.
My initial answer was no, I know of no books that talk specifically about interior photographic composition, and recommended that she follow the discussions on the PFRE flickr group and the PFRE monthly still contests. Also, read Scott Hargis’s analysis of the entries in the 2014 photographer of the year.
Update 1/20: Scott reminded me of his 12-minute composition video from about 3 years ago. It is the best summary that you’ll find for interiors composition. Scott points out in the video, it’s just scratching the surface of this big subject.
But the more I thought about it, this wasn’t the complete answer. All the visual dynamics that go on in real estate photos, are at work in all two-dimensional images. Some of that same things that my Art History professor talked about when talking about composition is also at work in real estate photos. Sure there are a bunch of special considerations that arise out of the technology we use to shoot real estate that the Renaissance masters didn’t have to deal with, but the basic visual dynamics works the same.
Unfortunately, I know of no books that specifically address the subject of modern interior photography, particularly for the purpose that Sandy is looking for, but here are some books that deal with the general subject of photographing architecture and composition in general:
- Photographing Architecture And Interiors, by Julius Shulman.
- Photographing Architecture: Lighting, Composition, Postproduction and Marketing Techniques, by John Siskin
- The Photographer’s Eye: A Graphic Guide, by Michael Freeman.
- The Art Of The Photograph: Essential Habits for Stronger Compositions, by Art Wolf & Rob Sheppard.
There’s no concise list of composition rules that leads to powerful and effective composition, but the resources above along with looking at a lot of images will get you going in the right direction. Anyone have any other resources to learn composition?