Monday, April 16, 2012
90 Stevenson Lane, Atherton
Here are a couple of shots I did last month for a high-end real estate listing in Atherton, CA, for Hanna Shacham, with the Menlo Park office of Coldwell Banker. It is always fun to shoot homes that are nicely decorated. In this case, it was the homeowner's own decor, not staged furnishings. I would like to point out that photography for real estate often involves using very wide views, to give a sense of the space. If I were shooting for an interior designer or an architect, I would most likely create somewhat tighter compositions, at least for the kitchen shot.
A technical aside, the wider you shoot interiors, the harder they tend to be to light, because there is less room to hide the lights or to avoid unwanted reflections and shadows from the lights. Also, shots such as these tend to need supplementary lighting not only in the foreground space, but in the adjoining spaces as well, to keep them from looking like "black holes."