This articles goes into detail on how to take the perfect kitchen picture. If you are sending pictures in to us for our Real Customer Kitchens section then there is quick summary guide on taking a picture that we can use on our website.
5 Quick Picture Taking Points
- Take pictures in landscape mode (Wider images, not tall ones as cropping will occur when publishing photos on the website)
- Ensure your images are at least 1920 x 1080px in size (The bigger the better)
- Ensure that the light source is behind you or you have a well lit room and a camera flash in auto mode.
- Ensure that you hold the camera steady. You have a great looking kitchen so you’ll want to show it off with a clear picture.
- Photos that show 2 sides of your kitchen from a slight angle, make for a great picture, like the one shown below. (Cropped for displaying here)
Read the rest of the article below for more advice.
There may be times when taking a kitchen picture is necessary. Notwithstanding casual photography, such a picture may be useful for a house sale, as an advertisement in a local magazine or even as a “before and after” representation of a newly renovated room.
Regardless of the reason, there are certain metrics that have to be carefully considered that will allow a picture to be as representative and as visually appealing as possible. Therefore, it is important to briefly examine five critical variables in a bit more detail.
Lighting: Natural or Camera Flash?
Most photographers will prefer to utilise natural light when possible. Not only will this provide a “softer” feel to the photo, but delicate nuances such as shiny metal objects can be better illustrated.
If a kitchen boasts a number of large windows and light-coloured window dressings, natural light is the preferred option. A flash can often provide a more uniform appearance due to the intensity of the light. Nonetheless, a flash is excellent at capturing fine details (particularly if the photograph is considerably large).
When choosing a flash, the best option will be to use one with variable intensity (if possible). This type of flash will be able to adapt to different shutter speeds; enhancing the quality of the light and the picture.
De-cluttering and Dressing the Kitchen Appropriately
The visual appeal of any picture will have much to do with the aesthetic balance in the room. Too many objects can serve to detract the attention of the observer in regards to the kitchen itself. In this sense, less is often better. However, it is important to retain significant objects that imbue a personality into the area.
Appliances will naturally remain, as should objects that break up any perceived uniformity. Examples of these can be fruit bowls, a vase of flowers or even a cutting board and fresh vegetables.
While an uncluttered kitchen is appealing, the area also needs to be “dressed” appropriately. This task should be looked at from a one-off interior design approach. Some of the main areas to keep in mind are:
- Draperies such as blinds and window shades
- For larger kitchens, the possibility of a throw rug
These dressings will help bring the room together in a way that is unobtrusive and yet still allows the natural form and flavour of the kitchen to be observed.
All About the Angle
The angle of the photo will also be extremely critical in the perception of light and space. A top-down approach will allow a room to feel slightly smaller (due to the bird’s-eye perspective) while a bottom-up angle can help add size and depth to a more confined space.
Obviously, the size of the room will play a key factor in deciding which approach to take. Also, photographs taken from one side or the other as opposed to a head-on view will imbue a photo with a three-dimensional perspective. Adding depth and realism is a proven means to help draw the attention of the viewer into the photo.
The Importance of Photo Sizes
The critical nature of the size of the photo cannot be overstated. Why is this so very important? The lager the photo, the more perspective the viewer will have in regards to the contents and the “feel” of the kitchen.
We must recall that humans have nearly one hundred and eighty degrees of a field of vision. Photos that are able to mimic this line of sight will allow the viewer to feel part of the environment. Thus, landscape photographs are best suited for this purpose. Furthermore, a wider shot will be able to incorporate more of the kitchen essentials into the photo.
The Bigger the Better
In the world of kitchen photography, size matters. In this sense, larger photographs are much easier to work with. Not only will they provide greater detail, but the images themselves can be scaled up or down as necessary. This is particularly important for digital prints that may need to be cropped, resized or have metrics such as brightness or contrast adjusted. It is for these reasons that high-quality photographs are always more preferable than smaller shots that may not provide a kitchen the detail that it deserves.
These are some of the most important factors to consider when photographing a kitchen. Keeping these tips in mind will enable the true aspects of any kitchen to shine through and appeal to the viewer.
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