Real Estate Photography Technique: View from Balcony

Learn how to capture stunning balcony images with our real estate photography technique workshop.

The real estate photography case studies are a weekly segment where I provide a composition analysis of a real estate photograph and a look into the real estate photography technique used. If you have a specific type of room or exterior space that you would like to see in this segment or you would like one of your photographs featured, please get in touch.

Real Estate Photography Technique: View from Balcony

This week’s image was taken during a twilight real estate photo-shoot of a three-bedroom apartment within Peppers ‘Soul’ on the Gold Coast, Australia. It is a 243m high building with 288 units spanning across 77 floors.

The image was captured towards the end of the shoot when the sun had slipped below the horizon and the neighbouring buildings had begun to light-up.

The purpose of the image was to show the impressive skyline and ocean views within the one image, available to the buyers.

real estate photography technique


The bulk of the subject is situated in the four squares within the bottom right of the (rule of thirds) grid, with the ocean sitting in the left third if the frame. The twilight sky is an important element within the image and makes up the rest of the composition.

Although the purpose of the image is to show both the ocean and the city (Surfers Paradise in this case), the city is the primary focus.


The ocean’s shoreline and the beach travels diagonally across the image towards the centre of the frame, which assists in helping guide the viewer to the city skyline (the focus of the image).


The balcony railing has been included in the bottom right corner of the image to indicate to the viewer that the photograph is a true a representation of the view from the apartment’s balcony and has not been ‘zoomed-in’ excessively. A focal length of 10mm was used in this composition.


The core of the city skyline is situated in the centre of the image to highlight the focus and complement the diagonal lines of the shoreline discussed in point 2.0.


The building on the right has been used to close the right frame of the image by cropping to 10mm.


The left side of the image shows uninterrupted views of the ocean/horizon without any objects or buildings framing the edge. This help convey to the viewer that the views of the ocean to the left are infinite.

real estate photography rates uk country
The original photograph – View of the Gold Coast from apartment.

Photograph Information

Camera: NIKON D90

Aperture (ƒ): 11

Focal Length (mm): 10

ISO: 640

Shutter Speed (s): 1.6s (5 Brackets)

Flash Fired: No

For more case studies and tips on real estate photography technique, please click here.

how to start a real estate photography business

Looking for new clients?

Connect with real estate agents at (United States) or (Australia).

Do you need equipment for real estate photography?

Visit our Amazon storefront here.

Want more real estate photography resources?

Check out the books and online courses here.

Not a REPC subscriber yet? It’s Free.

Receive full access to exclusive articles, discounts, a free marketing eBook and much more. Subscribe here.

Did you like this article? If you found this information valuable, feel free to support my blog by buying a coffee;

Scroll to top