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Shooting Real Estate and Architecture - Composition

Miguel Lecuona (miguellecuona)

Keywords: real_estate, architecture, miguellecuona, composition

This is the second part of the series 5 Tips for Shooting Real Estate and Architecture

"There’s nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.” – Ansel Adams

Cane pruning, Chateau Cheval Blanc, St. Emilion
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It goes without saying that Composition is fundamental to any photography project and every professional assignment. This is particularly true for property, landscape, and architecture captures. But what exactly do we mean by Composition? Just like the El roaring by Jake Elwood’s Chicago apartment every 20 seconds, it’s a term we hear “so often you don’t even notice it”.

Composition is not a tool. Or a setting. Or a parameter. It’s not on your camera - in fact, there’s no “Composition” reference in the index of the new Z7 user manual. It’s not buried in your camera software. Show me the menu command that says “Composition: +/-“ It’s not on your lens. Where is the “Composition: Off-On” activation switch? It’s not in your studio. You can stock lights, backdrops, flags, props, gels, grids, snoots. But you can’t mount “Composition” on your C-Stand. And It’s not in your post-processing software. You can Enhance, Define, Dehaze, Soften, Polarize, Recover, Saturate, Clone, Layer, Filter, or No-Filter-Needed all you want. But there’s no custom preset for “Composition”.

Ever see one of these controls?



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1 comment

Bruce Henderson (hendo55) on October 15, 2018

Thanks for sharing quite great article.