Real Estate Photography Technique: Open Plan Living/Dining

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Real Estate Photography Technique: Open Plan Living & Dining

This week’s image was taken during a daytime photoshoot of a single level home on the side of steep hill. 5 bracketed images were captured to bridge the gap in dynamic range between the interior and exterior space.

The subject space is the open plan living/dining space that extends out to the large deck with views over the surrounding landscape.  The goal of the composition is to highlight the three connecting spaces within the interior and make it clear that the room receives plenty of natural light throughout the day.

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When the rule of thirds grid is applied to the composition you can see that each of the individual spaces within the interior fall within one column each. The sitting space is in the left column, dining in the middle third and lounge in the right third of the image. The enables the individual zones within the interior to be well defined to the viewer while maintaining the ‘open plan’ feel.


The camera has been rotated slightly inward from the far-left corner of the room to enhance the visual ‘flow’ generated from the diagonal pattern of the wooden floor boards. These diagonal lines travelling from the bottom left corner assist with guiding the viewer across the image (from the left) to each separate space/zone within the interior, all the way to the lounge and expansive deck in the background.


Three walls have been included within the frame to provide the viewer with a feel for the true size of the room, and also to ‘close’ the right-hand side of the image. Including the third wall on the right highlights the location of the TV in this image.


The left side of the photograph is boarded by the ‘closed’ form of the reading chair and vase (on the ground), however doesn’t provide an indication to how much space is on the far-left side of the room.  


A great feature of this home’s open plan living/dining room is the ample amount of natural light that penetrates the ‘floor to ceiling’ glass windows and large glass sliding doors. This feature is positioned across the centre of the image and is framed by the surrounding cream-coloured walls and high ceiling (another feature of this space).

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An open plan living/dining space that extends out to a large deck with views over the surrounding landscape

Photograph Information

Camera: NIKON D750

Aperture (ƒ): 11

Focal Length (mm): 16

ISO: 640

Shutter Speed (s): 1/13s (5 Brackets)

Flash Fired: Yes

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