One of the best ways to photograph an entry way is portrait style through the front door. Of course this will only work if the entry is in the proper configuration to stand out from in its best light from the entry. But it is generally one of the first shots that I try.
The primary difficulty with shooting through a front door is that it requires facing your subject straight on. This can often create a “flat feeling” that needs to be avoided. In this elegant entry, shooting straight through the front door was not the answer. That shot, which I subsequently discarded, failed for a couple of reasons.
First, it failed to show the curve in the staircase and bannister which really added character to the entrance. Second, it also completely hid the curve in the balcony above.
In a previous post, I showcased a two story entry by taking the shot from the second floor landing. In this case that didn’t work well at all because of the asymmetry of the landing which failed to showcase a large portion of the entry.
When taking photos of entry halls or lobby’s you need to be a bit more cautious than in other rooms. The very nature of an entry is to provide a flow to the rest of the home and where possible, its important to reveal that flow to the best of your ability. In this case, I did sacrifice flow to emphasize the sheer height of the entry by taking the photo portrait style.
Of course, this type of photo really lends itself to a wide angle lens. A point-and -shoot or an iPhone is not going to give you the kind of wide angle than a wide angle DSLR lens. Even if you own a DSLR, if you are counting on the lens that came with your camera, don’t. I use a 10-22mm wide angle lens for such shots, but learning to use such a lens without having a ton of barrel distortion is also an art. The photo in Part 1 made use of the barrel distortion for dramatic effect, but for the MLS the walls should be straight.
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