This is a picture of a kitchen. A picture of a kitchen overlooking Poole Harbour. A fantastic kitchen with an amazing view. A picture of the interior of a fantastic waterside house in Dorset
Yes, that Is Brownsea Island in the background. I know. To live in a house like that…
Anyway this shot was a test shot for the company marketing this amazing property. I did have a picture of the rear of the house, another test shot, in my portfolio, but the cars spoiled the shot so it had to be discarded.
But this interior shot of the kitchen works for me. I have processed this a number of times, and this is my final edit with a few tweaks.
To be honest the processing was nothing outlandish, just me trying to extract out every bit of information about the room in a way to make it look as appealing as possible.
When I photograph an interior I need certain things to be correct
- Verticals Vertical
- Horizontals horizontal
- The correct aspect in the room
- No wide angle distortion
- Correct exposure
- Correct colours
- Blemishes, defects, marks, unwanted items all removed
- This is the technical side of photographing interior spaces
Then there is the other side of it.
- The feeling of the room
- The mood
- Is the space appealing
- Does my photograph reflect the light as I saw it at the time?
- Is the picture flattering yet realistic?
- Is the size of the room exaggerated?
- Does the picture of the room make work to help the vendor sell the space?
- Does the client like the image?
That last point is important.
If the client does not like the image it has lost been a waste of time.
The client did like this image. And I will post another variant of this image using a clever little tip I learned in a Scott Kelby tutorial. I am a Kelby One member, and learn lots from the tutorials and other things they produce. Check them out at
Quick update on that – this is the image. I will post the before and after of this quick warming tip in Nik – the free software from Google.
Yes, the client did like the image. But I didn't get the job! It was given to another photographer. Something I had never though would happen, but when you get to properties costing millions of pounds there are lots of people involved.
So why do I like this image?
I feel that this image does present the mood of the room. It shows the amount of space, all the lovely natural daylight, the view. The feel of the room. I have always liked this image, I only wish I could photograph more of these great properties found locally.
Don't forget to call back to my blog in a bit for the before and after of that one single tweak.
Rick McEvoy Photography Blog
Sunday 28th August 2016