Moving furniture to better composition / by Gabe Border

I am often asked, what is a critical part to creating an image that will better invite the viewer in? Often it is not just the camera position, but how the furniture is in relation to the camera. 

For example:

The composition fulfills the duty of showing the room. But the furniture looks out of place, busy, and uninviting. Funny enough, the furniture has to be moved in a way that would make it seem off if left after taking the photo. 

Here is the completed photo:

As you can see. The final image has much better context. A little light from a flash outside brings texture to the pillow. Next time you are frustrated with a composition. Slow down and think how the room could be adjusted to fit your vision.