Workshop Wednesday: Rear Facade

Workshop Wednesdays are a weekly segment where I provide a composition analysis of a real estate photograph. 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.

This week’s image was taken during an exterior twilight real estate photo-shoot of a double storey home in Brisbane Australia, built by GRAYA Constructions.

The image was captured in the middle of the nautical twilight phase to enhance the display of interior and exterior lighting. A hand-held spotlight was used to ‘paint’ the façade and grass with more (artificial) light.

The purpose of the image was to show the impressive wooden features of the façade, brickwork, and use of floor to ceiling glass throughout the home on both levels including the entry (to the right of the image).

As it was quite a tall home with quite a small backyard, it was a challenge to position the camera far enough back in the corner of the yard to capture the entire home in the frame.


This composition shows the home distributed across the frame within the centre and right-hand column with the left-hand column reserved for the surrounding greenery.


More than 100 vertical timber slats used on the side and rear façade of the architecturally designed home create a vertical pattern that enhances the feeling of the home’s height. Learn more about patterns here.


The camera was lifted as high as possible (1.8m) on the tripod while maintaining stability for the extended exposures required to capture the image. This height allowed the composition to include the view of the entire first floor living spaces which include the living and outdoor entertainment area, which are important features of the home.


The left and right sides of the image are cropped by the plants within the rear garden which enhances the fact that the home is neatly position in a pocket of greenery within a leafy suburb.


The converging vertical lines from the centre of the image to the right-hand side help lead the viewers eye down to the entry foyer comprising of large floor to ceiling glass panels which is a feature of the home not visible from the front of the home.


The simple composition focusses on the corner of the building where the rear and side façade meet to create a sense of vertical symmetry. The top corner of the roof is almost centred in the photograph and the rest of the home is evenly balanced between the left and right side of the image.

The original image without mark-ups.

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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