Follow along as I show how to approach different views of the same subject. That subject happens to be a fancy farm house preserved in a park setting. Each shot is taken from a different Point Of View (POV). I explain the purpose for each POV. Some times the difference is a right way / wrong way thing. Sometimes to show how little changes in the POV can change the feel of the shot. All of these were shot with a Canon 50D and 18-55mm kit lens. So the crop factor is 1.6X, the 18-55 range works out to 29-88mm in full frame terms. In each case I cite the actual Focal Length (FL), not the full frame figure. Click on any photo for a larger view.
For the final series the POV will be fairly close to house. With the idea of focusing more on the house than the grounds and park setting.
Next is an example of what photo editing can do. The shot is taken with the subject framed wider than needed. That is so it can be cropped with a photo editor. But before that crop, the perspective distortion given by the wide angle of the zoom lens (18mm) is corrected. The perspective correction is less than 100% so that the picture will appear more natural.
Now the intent for all of this was not to arrive at some mythical ideal composition for the farmhouse. The variety to the photos is deliberate. Not that I would show all of these in an album. But I do have the opportunity to pick and choose those shots that best portray the farmhouse and its setting. Different folks would choose different shots. That is perfectly Ok. Composition is art, and art is always subjective. Just enjoy.