The Big Picture...

I've always had a knack for being able to take the occasional good snap shot (haven't most of us?). However I want to take my photography to the 'next level' so I've set myself a goal: mastering property photography.
This blog shares my journey along my way to mastery of property photography, from the outset to where I am now, and gives you the opportunity to get involved too.

Project Status...

Project 52 AU (a project by Evan Walters to photograph 52 Canberra-region properties in 52 weeks) is currently in "pre-season" status and kicks off September 1, 2009.
I am quickly running out of rooms in my own home to photograph. If you have access to a presentable property in the Canberra region I need your help. I'd love to photograph your property for you. Please contact me.

My Nursery

Another photo taken from the south side of my home during winter. This one was taken at about 1.30pm (about 4 hours of sunlight left so the sun was pretty high in the sky).

This room proved a challenge for me because of its tiny size - 3m x 3m (that's about 10 feet for my North American friends). There is a window just out of shot to the top left hand side of this photo. I also turned on the overhead lighting which is a three halogen light (we have energy saving bulbs in them), one of which is pointed directly at the change table which is the cause of the dark shadow on the change tables right hand side. The photo was taken from the doorway as I could not get a good photo from inside the room itself.

I'm pretty happy with how this shot came up. I think the photograph shows a fair representation of the room. The alternative was to take a wider angle shot but I didn't like how these photos looked.

What I learnt from this photoshoot:
1. You don't need to photograph everything to give a fair representation of the room. The purpose of real estate photography is to get people interested in the house, not (in most cases) to sell the house.
2. I'm still not watching the edges of my photographs. The shelf in the top left of the photo annoys me but in the interest of being an "ethical" photo editor, the shelf is actually there, so I couldn't justify taking it out.

To view the EXIF Info please click the image as I have posted these details on Flickr.

As always I'd love to have your feedback on my work.

My Entertainment Room

This photo was taken on a gloriously sunny Canberra winters day on the south side of my home (meaning the sun never reaches this side of the property). It was about 3.00pm (around two of sunlight remaining at this time of year).

Technically this is a third bedroom and for the size and area my home is located in this is what it is likely to be used as so I've tried to represent the area as a large living space.

What I learnt from this photoshoot:
1. I live in a home with pink carpet (ok, so I already knew that, now you do too).
2. Find the flattering shot. This room has multiple features including the doorway on the right hand side and wall-to-wall wardrobe on the left hand side. I photographed the room from both perspectives and for me the doorway and outdoor courtyard came up much better.
3. Be careful when choosing your shot height. Taking the shot from waist height tends to flatter the room as it captures it square on. For me, this shot seems just a tad too low down, I keep wanting to see this photograph just a little more square on.

To view the EXIF Info please click the image as I have posted these details on Flickr.

As always I'd love to have your feedback on my work.