Fredrik in Sweden asks:
This past year, I have seen quite a lot of real estate pictures being shot "straight on," with nothing but straight (or rather, as straight as they could get them aligned) lines. Is this some sort of new phase? Or why are they repeatedly doing this in the majority of the shots? You can see examples of this at the local real estate listing website.
Numerous local real estate photographers have started following this trend and I don't understand why. Please let me know if I am missing something here.
You pose a great question! Why are Swedish real estate photographers using more one point perspective than two-point perspective? I will give you my take on it but readers will for sure have many more opinions.
First of all, there are two basic kinds of composition used when shooting interiors:
Here is an article by Architectural photographer Bob Fortner which explains this in greater detail with examples. As Bob explains, interior compositions that use one-point perspective are usually stronger and more pleasing to the eye than two-point compositions and there is usually less perspective distortion in one-point compositions.
Also, as described in this video by Mike Miriello, interior designers tend to want one-point perspective images while two-point images are better suited to showing rooms for real estate agents.
I'm at a loss as to explain why Swedish real estate photographers appear to be using one-point perspective more. Perhaps they feel this gives a more elegant look to interior photos. I like one-point images better than two-point, but much of real estate is better done with two-point images. They both have strengths.