Real Estate Photography Technique: Galley Kitchen

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Real Estate Photography Technique: Galley Kitchen

This week’s image was captured during a twilight shoot of a two-bedroom apartment. The subject is the ‘galley-style’ kitchen located beside the open plan living/dining space, and the purpose of this composition is to highlight the fittings and fixtures available in the kitchen for the potential buyer or tenant to use. The camera is raised on the tripod to be position approx. 30cm higher than the kitchen benchtop to provide clearance over the benchtop and assist with the features of the composition described below.

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The converging lines of the benchtops, drawer handles, and ceiling help steer the viewers eyes from the outer edges of the image and into the centre of the image to take them on a ‘tour’ of the features of the kitchen. The features being the dishwasher, microwave, oven, and stove top all the way down to the kitchen sink.


When applying the rule of thirds, you will see that each side of the galley kitchen (benchtops) are situated evenly in the left and right thirds of the composition, and the tiles, feature wall and adjoining benchtop are in the centre third of the image. The splashback and rear wall, ceiling and rear benchtop are evenly distributed horizontally amongst the rule of thirds template.


The camera is positioned to face directly down the centre of the galley kitchen to provide a sense of vertical symmetry and keep the horizontal lines level within the image to create that ‘front-on’ style real estate photo.


Although the left-hand boarder of the image is physically ‘open’ (starting to reveal another interior space beside the kitchen) compared to the right-hand side which is boarded by the splashback, the frame has been cropped a couple of millimetres tighter to 15mm. This is to crop the left boarder against the wine decanter on the bottom left corner, light on the top left, and dark paint on the living room wall to provide a ‘boarder’ to the left-hand side of the image to keep the viewer focussed on the primary purpose and features of the image.

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Photograph Information

Camera: NIKON D750

Aperture (ƒ): 11

Focal Length (mm): 17

ISO: 500

Shutter Speed (s): 1/4s (5 Brackets)

Flash Fired: No

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