To Draw or Not to Draw, that is the question.

When I’m photographing interiors, a question that often comes up is, “should we open the shades or keep them closed?” Or variations on this theme. At first, this may seem like an simple question, however, each scenario can have drastically different effects.


My general feelings on this are that drawn shades focus the viewer’s attention to the details of the room, whereas open shades allow for a more open feel when viewing the photograph. Not to say that in this instance you ignore the interior, but with the window shades open, your eyes scan the interior and then have a place to “escape”. And obviously, open shades are a must if there is a outside view worth capturing.


So, the next question is, what information am I trying to highlight in the photograph? Is it the overall feeling of the space or are there certain specific details within the space that need to be captured?


Depending on what’s important, closing or opening the shades can make a huge difference.


Below are two examples from a project I photographed for Sage Builders to illustrate the different effects. 




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