Real Estate Photography Technique: Outdoor Entertainment Area

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Real Estate Photography Technique: Entertainment Area

This week’s image was captured during a twilight shoot of a 2-bedroom apartment. The main feature of the apartment was the huge outdoor entertainment area with views of the nearby central business district.

The space presents a spacious outdoor entertainment area which is perfect for lounging and dining with friends and family at sunset, and late into the evenings as the city lights sparkle in the background. Five bracketed exposures were captured to highlight the expansive outdoor patio space available for the new tenants to enjoy, in addition to the city views.

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The camera was turned to face diagonally across the outdoor area which causes the diagonal lines of the ceramic tiles, rug edge, and railing to help guide the eyes of the viewer across the image and discover the features of the images along the way…lounge, dining set, garden, and the city in the background.


The dining table is visible in its entirety to prevent it being visually ‘cut-off’ by the chair. Sliding the camera a metre to the right helped reveal the dining table/space behind the two single chairs opposite the two-person sofa.


The primary feature (large outdoor space) is placed predominately in the left two-thirds of the frame with the second most important feature highlighted (the city and parkland view), sitting neatly in the top two-thirds of the frame.


The right edge of the frame was cropped along the edge of the folding doors (and its tracks), indicating to the viewer the ability to open the doors completely to blend the outdoor and indoor living spaces.


The left frame of the image is cropped by the edge of the sofa cushions and the largest building in the image. The tight cropping of the sofa, office building and the folding doors (point 4), visually ‘closes’ the left and right borders of the image which helps keep the viewer focussed on the primary features of the photograph.

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Photograph Information

Camera: NIKON D750

Aperture (ƒ): 11

Focal Length (mm): 15

ISO: 500

Shutter Speed (s): 0.6s (5 Brackets)

Flash Fired: No

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