Dave in California asks:
I have noticed a new trend in real estate photography. Some of the real estate photographers are now producing architectural images for real estate photography prices. They are not using a wide angle lens. Instead, they are taking images of furniture and features. They are not showing details or brightness. It is being called the natural look. I'm not saying it is wrong. Instead of selling the home they are selling the life style. Do you see this becoming the trend?
I'm skeptical. I think it is very difficult to make meaningful general statements or characterizations about worldwide or US-wide real estate photography style trends. If perhaps you were referring to just the PFRE contest or the PFRE Flickr group then perhaps yes but in general, I doubt it.
I think photographic style in local markets are driven by what the popular, influential agents want and like. Some like exaggerated HDR. Some like really wide shots and some even appreciate the more architectural look.
What do others think? Do you see the trend Dave is talking about?