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Tips & Tricks Fall 2012

December 16, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

With the holidays just around the corner, I thought I'd bring up the topic of Balance...

One of hardest things to do during the holidays is to find balance. We feel like we have a million things to do! Buy gifts, decorate the house, update our business plans for the upcoming year, and all the while, keep up with the day to day things we have to do, like laundry. How do we find the balance we need to actually enjoy the holiday season? I find that a day off here and there helps a ton! Grab a big mug of coffee or hot cocoa and follow up with those friends you keep meaning to say hello to whether it be via phone, facebook or a hand written note. Take a walk in the crisp, clean air. And all the while, keep the washing machine humming along in the background just for good measure. Some days we need a good "self" day to help keep us well balanced.

How to get Balance in your photography The main idea in photography is to capture a moment, a memory. With real estate photography, I want to capture the way a room feels and what it offers for the property. When I look at a room, I'm looking not only at the space, but how the objects are positioned, including windows and entrances. I'm figuring out how to show off the room but keep it balanced at the same time. For some rooms, straight on works wonders as in the example below. It defines the room and allows the viewer to see the space, the size table that fits comfortably 

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Sometimes being "off-center" gives you more Balance When people are our main subject, we tend to think we need to center our subject. To add a little creativity and interest, try off-centering your subject a bit. You can do that in camera or by cropping afterwards. Most of the time, especially with consumer cameras, it's easier to center your subject to make sure the camera is focused properly. You can easily crop afterwords to make your image a little more interesting. Just make sure you leave some extra space around your subject. Here's an example of a little girl I photographed a couple of weeks ago that shows the difference between a centered subject and one off center just enough to add some interest. The photo that is off center is still well balanced even though the little girl is not in the center.

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The same goes for the exterior of home. Sometimes centering a house is exactly what you want, as is the case with this photo.

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But, sometimes it's more beneficial to go off center which leads to more interest. 796_Shore_Rd_York__0002

As we move along through the holidays, try to be mindful of taking a break now and then, whether it be to enjoy a few moments of down time or taking a moment to visualize your balanced photo - both will make you smile and enjoy the warmth that the holidays bring this time of year.

Happy shooting!


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