Real Estate Photography Technique: Outdoor Entertainment Area

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Real Estate Photography Technique: Outdoor Entertainment Area

This week’s image was taken during the same twilight real estate photo-shoot as last week; however, the focus of this image is the expansive outdoor entertainment area that helps bring the outdoors inside through the high ceiling and large sliding doors that expose the living room of the home (on the right).

The purpose of the image was to show the aforementioned connection between the indoor and outdoor space while promoting the size of the outdoor entertainment area, which comfortably accommodates a large outdoor lounge set and a dining table setup.

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When the rule of thirds grid is applied to the image you can see that the photograph has been composed to enhance the flow of the outdoor area into the home’s interior. One third of the image contains the backyard (on the left), and the right-hand column places the home’s interior (living room space) into another third. The centre third of the grid comprises of the patio area which acts as the ‘bridge’ between the exterior and interior space.


The large outdoor sofa establishes a boarder along the bottom of the image, placing an emphasis on the striped pattern of the fabric.


The converging vertical lines created by the top of the door frames, ceiling edges, sofa backrest and concrete edge help move the viewer through the image from the lounge area to the outdoor dining component at the rear/centre of the image.


As the size of the outdoor entertainment area is the primary purpose of the image, this component fills the bulk of the image with the lounge space (in the foreground). The dining table is positioned in the centre of the image with the ‘green’ garden backdrop running across the background of the image.


The timber ceiling and outdoor fans are value-adding features of this image and are clearly visible in the top third of the image, which is well-lit by the outdoor LED lighting. The timber panels in this ceiling also add an element of vertical symmetry to the image.

The camera was raised to approx. 1.5m on the tripod to increase the amount of ceiling shown in frame, and to also crop the sofa neatly along the bottom of the image (refer point 2.0).

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Outdoor Entertainment Area connecting the backyard with the interior living space.

Photograph Information

Camera: NIKON D750

Aperture (ƒ): 11

Focal Length (mm): 16

ISO: 1250

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

Flash Fired: No

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