You Don’t See Symmetry

You Don’t See Symmetry

Hampton Inn Leeds - Hotel Photography

You don't see symmetry. According to the article "Eye-pleasing examples of symmetry in photography" by Kristina Josic at PictureCorrect, "Symmetry is a mapping of figures in geometry, and through the lens of a camera, it’s something that puts a scene in harmony and makes the composition more pleasing to the eye." When you are looking a photo, your brain will notice if something is off kilter. You may not be able to articulate what it is that is wrong but your brain will register that something is unpleasant. When things are symmetrical, your eyes look at the photo as a whole but when an item is out of place, you will notice the details. Our goal is for nothing to really stand out in our photos. That may sound like a strange goal but we want the photo to show the room - not individual distractions. When we photograph a hotel room for example, we remove all the little paper signs, Kleenex boxes, trash cans, remote controls, etc. These items are definitely part of the hotel room but our goal in our hotel photography is to show an overview of the room. The best way to do that is to remove little eye catching items and create a smooth canvas. We work as a team on every photo shoot we do - I always say that I make the picture then Greg takes the picture. My role is to work with the onsite staff to make sure that the room is ready to their standards then I go through and make sure the room is ready to my standards. There is a big difference in a room that is ready for a guest and a room that is ready for a photo shoot. I am looking for linens, towels, blinds/curtains and pillows to be even. I make sure that the lamp shades are level and the light bulbs are the same color and that the toilet paper roll has a clean edge and the shampoo and lotion are angled correctly. No one will ever notice the little things I do if I do my job correctly because nothing particular will stand out. Greg has a degree in Commercial Photography and over 15 years experience so he knows all the little things to look for through the camera lens. He is able to compose the photo so that those same rules apply. He is looking for straight lines and proper angles and once the photo shoot is done, he takes every photo through Photoshop to make sure that the colors are correct and consistent. We are a national virtual tour provider and have photographed hotels and healthcare facilities in 39 states. This experience has taught us what is going to stand out and what little touches are needed to make things just right. There is a fine line between good and great photography and it's these little things that make the biggest difference. Vision Quest Media is a national virtual tour company that specializes in hotel photography and virtual tours for hotels, vacation rentals and healthcare programs. To learn more about our services or to