Real Estate Photography Technique: Inground Pool

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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: Inground Pool

This week’s image is from the same daytime photo-shoot of a three-level house as the previous weeks image analysis. The property is located in an inner-city suburb that was going to be listed on the market for rent.

The subject of this image is the large swimming pool in that lays between the house and the outdoor entertainment area. The purpose of this image is to show the swimming pool and rear façade off the home which includes a balcony and covered patio area.

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The majority of the house is positioned in the centre third of the frame and the bottom third of the image comprises of the pool and waterfall. The even distribution of pool, fencing, blue sky and lower floor of the home provide a sense of vertical symmetry.


The converging diagonal lines of either side of the pool (edges) helps lead the eyes of the viewer from the (visually) dominant pool area and down to the façade of the home in the centre of the image.


The camera height was elevated enough to reveal the outdoor fireplace in the far right of the image in one of home’s multiple outdoor/patio areas.


The fencing on either side of the image establishes a boarder to close the left and right sides of the image to keep the attention on the important subject matter within the frame (the house and swimming pool).


The tiling around the swimming pool on the bottom of the frame does a nice job of creating a bottom boarder for the image.

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Photograph Information

Camera: NIKON D750

Aperture (ƒ): 11

Focal Length (mm): 19

ISO: 640

Shutter Speed (s): 1/125s (3 Brackets)

Flash Fired: No

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