Property photography is a complex art form. Therefore, it’s essential to know how best to execute your shots so that you can capture the most beautiful real estate photos possible. A good photographer will have an eye for composition and the right equipment for capturing great images no matter what time of day it is or what weather conditions are present. Read on to learn more about composing real estate photos.
– Composition – Composition is the art of arranging all elements in a photograph to balance and be pleasing to view. While it’s not something you can learn overnight, there are several things you should keep in mind when composing your property photographs:
– Rule of Thirds – Rather than placing key features dead center within the frame, try breaking up your shot with the rule of thirds. To do this, imagine two vertical lines dividing your photograph into three equal parts and four horizontal lines across it as well. Where these imaginary lines meet are points that should be considered “hotspots” in your photograph – or places to focus on when framing up a shot. For example, you might place something like a fireplace or window dead center with your subject in the bottom third of the photograph.
– Leading Lines – Take advantage of natural leading lines within a property to make for more dynamic shots. For example, if you are photographing one room from another where there is an open doorway between them, use it as part of your composition instead of just walking through it. By leading with the lines in this example, you can create a more exciting photograph than just shooting straight on into the room itself.
– Natural Framing – Look around your property to see what natural elements are present that could act as framing for shots of other parts of the home or yard. For instance, if there is a tree or stand near a pool, try positioning yourself so that leaves frame the subject you are photographing. This will create an exciting contrast between manufactured and natural elements in your shot.
– Negative Space – Be sure to leave the room within your frame for negative space as well, which means keeping some space around any elements you are photographing. This will make them stand out more prominently in the photograph and create a sense of balance within your image.
– Fill Flash – If it’s dark outside or inside the property, use fills flash to brighten up shadows and create definition between elements that might otherwise blend together too much into one undistinguished blob.
– Angle – We are all used to taking photos from eye level. But experiment with angles, which will better convey the size of a room or property and give off different vibes depending on how high or low you take your shots. For example, using an ultra-wide-angle lens might exaggerate space and make it feel larger than it is.
In conclusion, the composition is an integral part of creating beautiful property photographs. And while it can be challenging to learn on your own, the more you practice, the better you will get at composing shots that genuinely stand out.