Feature Shots Demand Interest, Curiosity

A recent home shoot provided plenty of opportunity for feature shots. As you might expect, larger homes frequently are richer in these types of opportunities.


Some features may seem incredibly obvious. Like a staircase.  This particular home had a ~40 foot high (technically 2) staircase, going from the basement to the upper floor.  With 20’ ceilings, there was plenty of height to allow the geometry to be on display.

TP-20141109-0180-ENFOther examples can include alcoves set aside for highlighting an owner’s art.

When hiring a photographer, whether for a wedding, motorsport, or real estate photography for use with MLS and print brochures, watching for these kinds of images in their portfolio.

With technical training, anyone can use even the most sophisticated DSLR on the market today.

With technical training, anyone can use even the most sophisticated DSLR on the market today. But without an artistic eye, the photographer will provide you with images that may be technically correct, but are otherwise flat, boring, and uninteresting.


If you are an aspiring photographer yourself, there are any number of ‘key’ ingredients you need in order to be successful.

Of these, two are Interest backed by Curiosity. Whatever you shoot, you need to be genuinely interested in the topic. That’s why you see my own service offerings as Real Estate (Architecture) photography, Motorsport, and Product.

Curiosity is what drives your interest. Not just taking a picture of a staircase, but what different angles might look interesting. How might you get a picture of those angles? For instance, in the down-axis staircase shot, I could not actually see it from directly down the axis.

Keep your head on a swivel.

I could see enough of the staircase to appreciate the depth. To actually get the shot though, I held the camera out using the tripod, remote display, and remote shutter release, so I could get it. Even then, it wasn’t until I returned to the office and started processing images was it clear the shot had been a success!

Photography isn’t just about standing straight, pointing the camera straight ahead, making sure everything is straight and level. That gets you a front-door shot.

Some features are hard to find. You might be standing on them.


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J. Torben Pedersen is the driving force behind Torben Photography.

JT specializes in Real Estate, Product, and Motorsport photography.

Residing in southeastern Michigan, he takes on engagements nationally as well.

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