How One Magazine Subscription Changed My Style

February 07, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
Always wanting to improve my craft I started subscribing to Architectural Digest about 18 months ago because I knew it contained top-notch interior photography.  As the first couple issues arrived I noticed a couple things that really changed how I approach interior photography.  This blog will deal with one of those areas (part two comes at a later date).  
When I first started shooting interiors I always put the camera in the corner of a room.  I figured it showed the most space and allowed me to show other spaces connected to the room I was in.  But the more AD photos I saw the more I realized how powerful the one-point composition could be (technically speaking, a one-point composition is when the back plane of the camera is parallel to the wall facing it).  I especially love shooting one points when I am showing how different rooms/spaces relate to each other.  I still shoot from corners (especially bedrooms) because sometimes that is the best angle to show a space, but AD opened my eyes to another (and sometimes better) possibility.  
 
  I also realized that an attractive interior photo has very little to do with how wide it is (ie how much space it shows).  This is a common mistake among real estate agents--the "wider is better" philosophy. Thanks to AD I've really changed my attitude from "I have to show how big this home is" to a more effective attitude of "I have to show how attractive this home is".  One way I notice this philosophy in the pages of AD is that many of their photographs show very little ceiling.  And when there is a lot of ceiling showing it is usually because the composition is vertical and/or the photographer wanted to highlight a beautiful light fixture.
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Stay tuned for part two when I discuss the second major impact AD has had on my approach to interiors...

 


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