Making the browser / buyer feel “in the picture.”
Getting the right perspective is a very important aspect that professional real estate photographers seek to constantly achieve.
Many consumer/prosumer real estate photography shots take the angle that its best to use that expensive wide angle lens to get as much of the room to fit into the frame as possible.
That has the browser / buyer looking at it from what I would call a “third person” point of view.
However you will note that some photographers employ the “first person” perspective just that little bit better than some.
A “first person perspective” is to my mind a way that makes the browser / buyer actually feel involved, feel “in the picture.”.
How is that achieved?
Well and here’s the amusing thing, it’s actually a different depending on the room.
In the dining room, for example, I have found one of the most involving shots is not the one taken at eye level standing up…………
BUT at an eye level that would approximate someone sitting down at a dining room table.
Even better, taken from the perspective a person sitting in that one chair at the table, preferably the most distant chair from the wall / window, so that the table / angles / corners assist with leading the browsers / buyers eyes in directions you want them to.
If it was the kitchen, then a standing position, perhaps just lean over the sink a bit to allow the browser/buyer to imagine themselves standing there and surveying the view.
Keep in mind if you’re over 6 ft like me, then you may consider lowering your picture taking position to about 5ft 9″ to make sure it “feels right” to the majority of viewers.
That’s a bit fussy isn’t it?
Well actually no, and very relevant . If you aren’t 6ft, perhaps 5ft 4″ then you will definitely have a different perspective standing at the kitchen sink and looking out.
To that person, its completely normal, no matter what kitchen you are standing in. So it really does make sense to take a shot from this eye level perspective. Just one anyway.
Can I get all non-PC here, and say that as I walk down the street, I notice the trend that many couples have one partner quite a bit taller than the other…… shouldn’t you take this into account in your real estate photo taking?
Let’s move to the lounge, what would be a good height here, that’s right, sitting in a lounge chair.
Sure you can still take a shot that shows the overall size of the lounge but a second “first person” shot is also a great additional one to take. Especially when I look at many listings and see the same basic photos, lounge x1, kitchen x1, each bedroom x 1, etc.
Hopefully my example shots, although not perfect, give you some ideas to try something next photo shoot.