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Mark Rowe's picture

Restaurant Build - Promotional Images

I recently had the pleasure of providing images for a property developer that designed and built a restaurant in Hampshire, UK.

Would appreciate your constructive thoughts on these images :-)

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Vijay Mewada's picture

Hi Mark. Sunlight entering to the space is deliberately expressed in first image. vertical formatted image has table half shown. Please share about your thought process or if particular brief if any. thanks.

Mark Rowe's picture

Hi Vijay,

Thank you for the comment.

The reason for the crop was to try and bring a the focus from the table through to the bar area. Perhaps I've not quite achieved that? Welcome your feedback. The original shot was very straight on to the table and also suffered from further warping on the lamp from above next to it.

The brief was also to come up with a few different aspect ratios for their brochure, to fit around the editorial.

Hope that makes sense and once again, I really appreciate and welcome any other feedback?

Vijay Mewada's picture

Hi Mark, Observing and seeing professional photographers work, have learnt to have the interior and architectural frames in sharp focus. Unless specifically required as brief, compositions shall be balanced. Have also observed even lighting (Even HDR compositing if needed). Images you have shared were interesting different. As I have understood there is nothing right or wrong. For me arch+ interior images need to convey about space, features, interest, design ideas.

thanks for exchanging your views. wishing you all the good. cheers.

Willy Williams's picture

In the second photo, the out of focus hanging glasses in the foreground take away from the preciseness and tight focus of the rest of the shot. Recommend that you move your shooting position to exclude those glasses.

Mark Rowe's picture

Hi Willy,

Pleasure to virtually meet you and thank you for your feedback, much appreciated.

My thought process behind this was to get the glasses in but to focus on the tables and wall decor. However, I do get where you’re coming from and perhaps I needed to look at my composition a little more carefully.

Thanks for the feedback :-)

Vijay Mewada's picture

Hi, I assume all the three frames are part of commercial package delieverable. little I am learning by observations, the professional photographers may be taking great care in having styling in order. Usually, all the elements are well arranged like all glasses are stacked correctly, properly vertical, sharp focus, well lit etc. Requesting to share about the intention of taking 3rd image if its part of your commercial package deliverable.

Mark Rowe's picture

Hi Vijay,

These are only three images out of around 10 shots, plus other images of different buildings and development works that my client has been involved with. They’re going into a corporate brochure and to share on social media, so we needed a mix of styles and non conventional shots too 👍

Willy Williams's picture

Mark, another suggestion, if I may be so bold - I see that you shot the second image using a 55mm lens at f1.8. You might try stopping down to f8 and moving slightly to the right so that those glasses are far more in focus and don't distract from the remainder of the image. You might also consider using a wider-angle lens and move in closer to eliminate the out-of-focus glasses altogether while getting in more of the bar and the tables in the foreground. YMMV...

Mark Rowe's picture

Hi Willy,

I take on board your thoughts and suggestions. I shoot real estate on a daily basis. However, with this the client wanted some slightly different styles, although I’ve also included (not shown here) wider more establishing shots of larger areas, all using higher apertures of course. Using the 1.8 55mm intentional to get the out of focus glasses to then draw the eye to the background and focus on the styling of the wall etc. However, as I said above I can see that the composition could have been different here.

Once again, I really appreciate your feedback, thank you :-)

Hi Mark,
since it's to promote the restaurant, as a potential client in this restaurant I would like to see the tables and general layout a bit more. I think the first image is solid and you should keep it, although the light on top seems distorted. The second image feels a bit tight, and the third shows a detail you can already see in the second image, so I'd have chosen something else, like the outside of the restaurant, or the kitchen, the bar... It feels like you took that last shot because it felt like a nice composition and image in itself, and not to represent and sell the restaurant. Hope this helps.

Mark Rowe's picture

Hi Nick,

Really appreciate the comments, thank you. However, this was for the promotional purposes of the developer who actually built the restaurant, not to promote the restaurant business itself. I have other shoots as part of the collection (just not posted here) that are external aspects of the building and entrance. The second and third images are more to bluster their editorial pieces within their brochure. I get what you say about the third shot being similar detail to the second though. I’ve tried to calm down on repetition on the final files to the client.

Thanks again, Nick. Appreciate you taking the time out to comment.
👍

Domenico Dentice's picture

good shots. the first thing that popped into my eyes as soon as I opened the first image (portrait one) is how distorted the top and bottom of the image is. Table wares and pendant have been deformed a lot. I would not go too wide or get further back and then crop in!
For the second image (The blurred glass) looks like is taking most of the image space but blurred. Taking the importance as for being the subject but not quite because blurred. You are focusing on the far end of the image but this is completely cut off!
For the last shot, I can`t really have any comment as it could have been taken anywhere. It does not tell me anything about the space you are photographing but I can see why you did that. You liked the "blink blink" of the glass.
Try to take shots where you show how interesting the room is. From what I can see from the first image background the space looks very good and yet I cannot see any of those photos.

Sorry did not want to come across to harsh.
Well done and thanks for sharing though!!!

Mark Rowe's picture

Couldn’t agree more with your comments, added from what others have said, I’ve learnt quite a fair bit when it comes to shots like this. For me this community is all about how I can improve and learn, so a big thank you for being honest and constructive 👍 😊

Domenico Dentice's picture

You are right Mark!! we never stop learning and this is a great place to do so... :)