Each room or space within a home is unique with its own purpose, character, and story. Within this 7 part series I will provide an overview of the key elements of each space, and general instructions, challenges and tips on how to photograph them. In week one we discussed the living room, and in this article I will be covering the kitchen.
The kitchen, aka the ‘heart of the home’ no matter how big or small the space; is where the mind, body and soul is fuelled each day. Each kitchen typically comprises of the three elements that make up the ‘kitchen triangle’, including the sink, stove, and refrigerator. This is the area in the kitchen that experiences the most activity and therefore needs to be highlighted in the images to show the ease of access and the layout of this space.
When preparing for the kitchen shots, ensure that the tap and spout are turned in a position where they are visible to the camera. Remove tea towels from the oven handle and cupboard handles and remove floor mats, remove excessive (or large) appliances, and dish racks. You want the kitchen space to appear practical but also clean and minimalist/clutter-free.
Depending on the size of the kitchen, the shots should include a photograph ‘inside’ the kitchen showing the oven, stove, sink, and large appliances in more detail. It is best composed looking down between the two countertops; however this depends on the design of the kitchen. Another shot is typically required to show the entire kitchen – taken from the front side of the kitchen bench either front-on or at a diagonal angle to show the whole kitchen layout.
When photographing kitchens, aim to position the camera so that it is approx. 30cm higher than the kitchen bench. This allows the camera to clear the kitchen bench and show more of the sink and stovetop while still showing the details of the stove, dishwasher, etc.
Closeup shots can include tapware, complementary foods and breakfast, coffee machine and any décor and cookbooks have on display in the kitchen. The purpose of the closeup and creative images of the kitchen is to highlight the quality and availability of the appliances, and show the tea, coffee and food included, and other smaller details within the kitchen.
In next week’s article I will discuss photographing bedrooms.
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