I have recently posted my latest photos on an online architectural photography group where I can receive critique and comments on them, something I often do in order to improve my images, get fresh ideas off other specialists in the field and see the photos through other eyes. One comment that kind of stuck with me was something like this "...even the table condiments being perfectly aligned and in identical position looks like you have a problem with them being out of place, I mean they are just table condiments...".
Now, I am a perfectionist, I like things to look right and in order, arranged and where they should be, that can be seen in my day to day life, and in my work from my business cards to my camera case where everything is labeled and has its own special places.
This perfectionism is reflected in the way I photograph architectural interiors and exteriors. I always pay a huge amount of attention to the details, like light flares bouncing of a window, or in some spaces you get the annoying crack/stain on the ceiling.
That is why removing wall sockets, electrical cords, reflections in a tv screen or in a framed picture in post production matters so much and sometimes can make or break a photograph. Nobody is going to notice a missing wall socket, but if left in the shot, it can draw the viewers attention away from what matters the most. Let's take a look at a few examples:
As you can see in the picture above, removing the reflection is simple and easy to do. The whole process took maybe 5 minutes both on location and in post production. You can see in the final image how much it has changed the scene and the eye isn't drawn to the the wall.
Here you can see what a big difference it makes to remove the ugly and unwanted cables and wall sockets. Not to mention the rust on the heater. This took a bit of time to do in post production but it was worth the effort.
I have seen many good photos of architectural interiors or architectural exteriors, well exposed, well composed, but the photographer chose not to give any thought to the details that make the big picture, and for me that is a no-no.
A photographer who is specialising in a certain field of photography will always care how his photos look, he will never allow for details like the ones aforementioned here to distract the viewer, he will also compose each photo with effort and treat it will end up in his portfolio.