When photographing real estate, one of the objectives is to show space. But is it possible to show too much space? Sometimes what you leave out, is just as important as what you include in an image. One of the most common angles when photographing a room, is the two wall approach – meaning, only two walls within the room are visible in the image. Below are a few examples of why this angle matters and what happens if we include more.
In the top image, the photographer has included 3 surrounding walls (left, back center, right).
In the bottom image, the photographer has left out the wall on the right.
With other technicalities put aside (lighting, exposure), lets compare the two images. The image on the top includes all of the information in front of the camera. By seeing the wall on the right, we know that the room is as big as what we see. The wall also creates a line which moves right towards the camera, thus making the room feel a bit cramped. If we compare it to the bottom image with no wall, the scale of the room is up to our imaginations – we don’t know what continues past the edge of the frame. Not only does this make the room feel larger, more open, less claustrophobic, but it also leaves the viewer with wanting to see more – or perhaps know more. This can serve as a good visual hook for our real estate clients.
In the top image, the photographer has included the hallway.
In the bottom image, the photographer has included the kitchen sink and a bit more of the room.
Again, with other technicalities put aside (lighting, exposure), lets compare the two images. This situation is a little different, but with consideration to the hallway, the less is more approach works. Our client for this shoot wanted to incorporate the dining area into the kitchen somehow. The tough part here is that the dining area is technically part of the hallway that we see in the first image. By finding another angle further way from the dining area, the photographer was able to hide the hallway, and make the dining area feel like more of it’s own room. In addition, by incorporating the kitchen sink, the dining area has a bit of context that adds to the room’s overall functionality.