One of the most difficult aspects of photographing architecture and interior design is selecting the right shots. It's tempting, especially with a digital camera to just start shooting and shooting and shooting, trying all sort of different angles and combinations and techniques and compositions hoping in the end that one out of a dozen or two dozen or a hundred shots will communicate your ideas. This “shotgun” technique shows a lack of clarity of vision and a poor understanding of the goals of your photography.

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In past Tricks of the Trade articles (If you can’t see everything do this) I suggest taking multiple shots of a space
  • First step into the space and snap the shot you think you want
  • Then take a step, or two to the left and shoot another.
  • Then a step or two to the right and shoot again.
  • Try it higher and lower
  • Higher & lower on the left and on the right.
  • Take a step back and zoom in
  • Take a step closer and zoom out.

When your doing this remember that stuff is not your design; it’s the creativity of the design that we need to show. Focus your attention on the abstract, the color and geometry of your design, the compositional guides and the visual flow of the image.

Before shooting your project take twenty minutes to write down your design concept. This will give you a set of concrete goals to achieve because you will know what your photographs need to show.

One picture is worth a thousand words, choose your words carefully.

When it’s really important, hire a professional who can show the mechanical aspects of your project with technical clarity but can also tell the story of your design filled with subtly emotive details and artistic flair. I happen to know one who has won multiple awards, is published nationally, has a quarter century of experience and he would love to help you. Here's a link to his website, he's pretty good. Call me and I’ll tell you all you all about him.

www.djbphoto.com