The Importance of Image Composition and Color Correction

Image composition is so important, especially when it comes to capturing the work of an interior designer.  As a photographer, I not only need to capture every aspect of a client's design but also need to take into account possible distortion arising from a wide angle lens, any outside objects or scenery that could distract from the image, and making sure the colors are correctly reflected in the final images.  Color correction is crucial and here at David Meaux Photography, a lot of time and care is taken both on location and back in the digital lab to make sure that every light source is colored balanced.  Almost every space that we encounter has multiple light sources, such as daylight coming through windows, fluorescent light bulbs, and tungsten or halogen light light fixtures.  All these give some kind of color casts to walls, furniture, drapery etc and it is important to always color correct for these.  

To give our clients a better understanding of what goes on in our minds when we are on assignment, we thought we would share a few of our thoughts from this latest photo shoot with Grace Thomas Designs.  

The story:  We wanted to make sure we captured this beautiful customized herringbone table made out of salvaged wood from a barn in Maryland, along with the gorgeous drapery and lighting fixture for our client who is an interior designer.  This picture was taken with a 14 mm wide angle lens to be able to capture the whole room.  We're actually in the adjacent room as far back as we can without capturing the door frame of the adjacent room.  We also had to lower the tripod and shoot at table level to be able to capture both the desk and light fixture, which ended up being perfect as construction was going on outside the homeowner's home for an amazing pool and patio design.  

The story: In this image, we wanted to really show the gorgeous wood table top along with the rest of the design that we couldn't capture in the first shot.  We're shooting right against the window to the right (see picture above) with a 24 mm tilt-shift lens.  Shooting at a higher angle really showcased the beautiful wood and also avoided any construction being seen outside.  

The story: To capture this customized desk, we went with a vertical as the outside construction through the window on the left and the adjacent room to the right would have distracted from the beauty of this piece of furniture.  We gave the client two compositions, one of just the desk to highlight the desk, and one of the desk with a chair.  We used our 45 mm tilt-shift lens to be able to shift the lens as needed to capture the whole desk.  

Camera mounted on a 24' camera stand

Camera mounted on a 24' camera stand

Story:  The client wanted us to capture this beautiful twig light fixture in the adjacent room without capturing the room that the fixture was in.  In order to fully capture the fixture, we had to use our 24' camera stand and mount the camera with a 45 mm tilt-shift lens close to the 9' ceiling.  This enable us to capture the details of the twig fixture along with the homework room in the back that the interior designer designed without having the distraction of the room we were in.

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