Real Estate Photography Technique: Living Room/Kitchen

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Real Estate Photography Technique: Living Room & Kitchen

The week’s image was captured during an Airbnb photo-shoot in Noosa (Queensland, Australia) at twilight. The subject of this image is the living room of the 5-bedroom / 4-bedroom multi-storey home. Five bracketed exposures captured the dynamic range between the interior and the view outside the narrow gaps in the blinds on the windows.

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The composition was set up to highlight the connection between the living room and kitchen by applying the rule of thirds and evenly distributing the kitchen on the right, coffee table in the center and the sofa on the left of the image.


The converging verticals lines (of the tile and rug edges) encourages the viewer’s eyes to travel to the centre of the image to the subject of the composition, which is the gas fireplace in the centre of the image.


The large rug in the centre of the image creates a foundation for the bottom border of the images and establishes a landing place for the viewer’s eyes/attention before being led to the centre of the images via the converging lines discussed in point 2.0.


The left third of the image comprises the large windows showing the green outlook and potential for natural light.


The two rowboat oars (leaning against the bookshelves) and pendant lighting in the kitchen contribute an element of height to the image.


The left side of the image is borded by the large white sofa and the right-side of the image is cropped by the bar stool leading off into the kitchen.


The pot plant and vase in the centre of the frame contribute to the vertical balance of the middle segment of the image.

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Photograph Information

Camera: NIKON D750

Aperture (ƒ): 11

Focal Length (mm): 15

ISO: 400

Shutter Speed (s): 1/2s (5 Brackets)

Flash Fired: No

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