I have been a property photographer for a number of years now, and I have always thought of myself as a good one until recently. I had always believed that it was very important to get the image sharply focussed, free of graininess, correctly exposed, and to show off as much of the room as possible at different angles.
Of course, this is all still true. But these are not the only things you have to concern yourself with as a professional property photographer. How about your verticals? In real life, all the vertical lines of cupboards, doors, walls etc are straight and at 90 degrees to the floor and ceiling. But when you use a wide angle lens and tilt it downwards to show off as much of the floor and room as possible you get a slanting image. When you’re used to seeing images taken with a wide angle lens, you don’t notice it …. but some people do.
How good are you? Did you immediately notice the distortion in the image at the top? Now scroll down to the processed image at the bottom. See the difference? I’m ashamed to admit it – I hadn’t appreciated it, until now. If it wasn’t for some people politely pointing out something was not right and a test I was asked to do recently, I may have carried on not knowing. I’m so glad I’ve had the chance to improve and will continue to strive for perfection. So any comments/ tips on my main pictures (images on my blogs are horrible old ones – please ignore the distortion on those) will be gratefully received. I remember one of my school teachers telling my mum that I take critism well and it makes me work harder. Guess nothing’s changed there then 🙂