Photographs and planer geometry. It's part of what it means to have an eye for a photo!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Richard Weisser Realty

Example of light and shadow to enhance depth by Richard WeisserOne of the most elemental concepts of photography is often one of the most overlooked principles in many photographs. And that often misunderstood concept is the planer nature of the photograph.

In photography, you are actually capturing a three dimensional subject and transforming it into a two dimensional plane. And the simple truth is that not all subjects translate well as depth is removed from the formula.

So the savvy photographer seeks elements that will enhance the apparent depth of the finished picture. Proper use of light and shadows is one way, as well as including both foreground elements and distant objects.

Practice "thinking in 2D" and learn to "see" your photos in your minds eye as information that needs tweaking and adjusting. And make those decisions BEFORE you open the shutter.

There isn't a photo editing program in the world that can make up for poor composition!

Example of near and distant objects to enhance depth by Richard Weisser

Photo Top Right: Use of light and shadows to produce depth.

Photo Bottom: Use of foreground and distant elements to produce depth.

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Mara Hawks
First Realty Auburn - Auburn, AL
Inactive-2012 REALTOR - Homes for Sale Auburn Real Estate, AL

Richard, your photos are always outstanding, so I knew I'd learn something from reading your post on taking photos---and I did! Now I understand what happens sometimes and not others, for me. I thought I just got lucky sometimes. I do love watching how natural light changes throughout the day, and find the greatest contrasts early a.m. or p.m. Thanks for the great info!

Feb 24, 2009 11:59 AM #1
JL Boney, III
Russell and Jeffcoat - Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC Real Estate

I think I am one of those elements that do not translate well to 2D. By that I mean that I am not very photogenic, however I look very nice in person.

Feb 24, 2009 12:03 PM #2
Paula Swayne
Dunnigan, Realtors, Sacramento (916) 425-9715 - Sacramento, CA
Realtor-Land Park, East Sac & Curtis Park -Dunniga

Hi Richard!
I just e-mailed this to my husband...he has discovered a love of photography, so I am sure he will enjoy your post!

Feb 24, 2009 12:12 PM #3
Cameron Wilson
Labrum Real Estate - Murrieta, CA
The Short Guy - Murrieta,Temecula,Menifee Californ

I always have wondered how those of you who take such great pictures see them before you take the shot.

Feb 24, 2009 12:13 PM #4
Jamie Boney
Mungo Homes - Columbia, SC

Thank you for the information.  Any photography tips that you can give are greatly appreciated!!  You have a great eye!


Feb 24, 2009 12:20 PM #5
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


It's not often that I write about photographic "technique" because many find that it is boring, but sometimes one simple principle can lead to better photos across the board. I hope to do more of these kinds of posts in the future! Thanks for the comment.


I have heard that is definitely the case! ;)


Thanks so much for the recommendation ... I appreciate your support!

Feb 24, 2009 12:20 PM #6
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


It was different in the days of film ... you had to learn to "see" the photo or it cost you money, in film and developing. So the more you did prior to the shot, the less you spent. It takes practice, that's all! Thanks.


Thanks for that ... now tell JL to get a new photo of himself for AR!


Feb 24, 2009 12:24 PM #7
Steve Hoffacker
Steve Hoffacker LLC - West Palm Beach, FL
Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor


That was quite well written, and I agree with what you have to say. I personally don't believe in editing so I have to get the picture I want in the field. :)


Feb 24, 2009 12:49 PM #8
Eric McGowan
Moody, AL

Richard, I am not one to take good photos and have not ventured into doing so. Thanks for sharing how to better view a subject.

Feb 24, 2009 12:52 PM #9
Debi Boucher
Real Estate Showcase Photography - Woodland Park, CO
"Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours

Richard, Excellent advice. Thank you for sharing your tips - we can all benefit from them. Training the eye to 'see' what the camera sees, really does take practice.


Feb 24, 2009 01:14 PM #10
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Century 21 Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI

Please give me hints on mine....I use Digital Image for enhancing and making sharper images....I do believe that photography means to do so :) :)

You always have an 'eye' for capturing the moment...not just dimensions...but...the moment :)

Feb 24, 2009 01:19 PM #11
Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Hi Richard, Thanks for the tips. I admire your photography skills, and you always find the most beautiful scenery!

Feb 24, 2009 01:43 PM #12
real estate real estate
Providence, RI

Richard, I think I know something but still I learned a lot from your post. Great pictures. Especially the second one.

Feb 24, 2009 03:02 PM #13
Jesse & Kathy Clifton
Jesse Clifton & Associates, REALTORS® - Fairbanks, AK

Some things are easier in the digital age... then again I don't know if photography has become easier or we're just more willing to hit delete when the frame doesn't come out quite right.  I know I delete far more now than I ever threw away in the print era.

Feb 24, 2009 07:26 PM #14
Paddy (Patricia) Pizappi
Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty - Pine Bush, NY
Real Estate Associate Broker Hudson Valley NY

Great tips Richard.  Now if I would just get that camera repaired or replaced.  It's on my to do list but it keeps getting bumped to the next day!

Feb 24, 2009 10:14 PM #15
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Richard...I have resigned myself to try and get only a few good pictures.  That would be ME setting up my camera and having someone take a good picture of MY trophy fish before I release it!

Feb 25, 2009 03:56 AM #16
Mandi Perkins
Pioneer Title Agency - Pinetop Lakeside, AZ

I can never seem to get the right lighting. But every now and again I just get lucky! Good thing I always know where I can find a beautiful picture

Feb 26, 2009 05:03 PM #17
Bill Gillhespy
16 Sunview Blvd - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos

Hi Richard,  For those of us wishing to upgrade the quality of our MLS pics ( and who shouldn't ? )  your posts are very helpful.

Mar 01, 2009 03:33 AM #18
Gene Allen
Fathom Realty - Cary, NC
Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate

I read all this stuff and then when I get out to take a picture it just goes out of my head.

Mar 01, 2009 12:56 PM #19
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