Photographing the Kitchen
The Kitchen is the Hub of Many a House, Shoot it Well
Photographing the Kitchen - The kitchen is actually one of my favourite rooms to photograph, I have rarely seen two kitchens the same. People spend good money on nice kitchens and if you are lucky, you may come across some corkers.
Walk into the kitchen and have a good look around;
The spice of life...variety
One important lesson that I learned early on was to take a variety of shots, in particular one portrait and one landscape. This is particularly so in the kitchen as some can be quite narrow and would much better suit a portrait (upright) angle.
Note: Whenever you use the natural light and house lights in a property, you are more than likely to end up with a red or yellow colour cast. This is more so if shooting JPEGS. You will notice that your images appear "washed out" with too much yellow or red in them.
This is fairly easy to overcome in post-processing as we will discuss in the Photoshop chapter. However, whilst you are taking the image, try different white balance settings and experiment a bit. Best of all, shoot RAW. You will find it a lot easier to adjust in post-processing and you are less likely to blow out any highlights in doing so.
Props for photographing the kitchen
The kitchen is a great place for props, everyone loves food! Have a look around for any dairy produce, fresh fruit or bread and improvise a bit. Ask the owner for permission first as handling the food can be a bit unhygienic.
As one of your own props, you could buy a loaf of uncut, rustic bread and take 2 or 3 slices off. You can let the bread go stale and solid as long as it doesn't go moldy, and you will always have a loaf handy for your shots. Lay the bread on the center of the table, with some jam, plates and cutlery. Make it look inviting without getting "messy". Maybe place a bowl of fruit or some flowers on the table or work surface.
Do the owners have a nice coffee "plunger" (cafetiere) or any other props that would be suitable?
Try and remember which props you used where and don’t overdo it. The last thing you want is for the same props to be in all the photos. Lastly, always look at the rooms from all angles and viewpoints. The three images below show the same kitchen from 4 very different perspectives!