Everyone has photographs where we can see everything but the images are boring. No one ever looks at them twice and no one remembers anything about them because we can’t see anything.

Here you can see the benefits of simplification. In the example on the left you can see the stove, the dishwasher, the trash compacter, the two sinks, the range hood and the cabinetry and the floor and the ceiling. We can see everything, but we don’t see anything because there is nothing about the image that focuses the viewers attention; there is no composition, no visual flow and most importantly no critical subject.

Simplify your photographs, define in your own mind what you need to show. If you want to photograph the cabinets photograph the cabinets not the stove, sink and dishwasher.

The cabinets, microwave and sink describe the space as a kitchen very effectively. By eliminating the distractions of the two counters and stove through strategically positioning the camera we create an image that is well composed, has visual interest and makes a clear statement about the cabinetry.

If you need a shot of the stove do a second photograph that is well composed and focuses on the stove and you’ll get good photographs that do a good job of displaying the project.

Show only what’s important and don’t bother with the rest.

Dean