Real Estate Photography Technique: Galley Kitchen / Dining

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Real Estate Photography Technique: Galley-Style Kitchen Space

This image below was captured during a twilight photo-shoot of a 4-bedroom
house. The image shows the ‘open-plan’ layout of the kitchen and dining space.

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The rule of thirds has been applied with the two sides of the ‘galley’ style
kitchen in the far left and right-side vertical columns. The left and right
sides of the image is balanced by the kitchen bench tops visible in these two

The dining space/table is position in the centre of the frame, and the
amount of ceiling and flooring is balanced in the top and bottom horizontal


The converging lines of the top and bottom edges of the gallery kitchen
benchtops lead the viewers eye from the edge of the images through the centre
of the image to the dining table in the dining room/space. Although more
discrete, the converging lines of the cornice (corner of a ceiling) on the left
and right sides of the image also lead to the centre of the frame.

The converging lines play a significant role in telling the ‘story’ or
communicating the message to the buyer/renter, which is that this space
comprises an open-plan layout with galley kitchen and comfortable dining space
with air-conditioning.


The large vase with (plastic) plant provides a ‘border’ on the right-hand
side of the image which helps frame the subject matter (kitchen and dining
space). It also adds some nice greenery to the image which works well with the
white and off-white walls, benchtops, and cabinetry.


The goose neck of the tap has been turned side on to the camera to ensure it
can be seen properly.


The ‘texture’ in the kitchen splashback on the left side and the horizontal
line pattern in the vase on the right establishes a balance of textures in the

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Photograph Information

Camera: NIKON D750

Aperture (ƒ): 11

Focal Length (mm): 18

ISO: 640

Shutter Speed (s): 0.3s (3 Brackets)

Flash Fired: No

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