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March 12, 2019

Real Estate Interior Photography

March 12, 2019

There are times when Real Estate Agents are prudent to use professional photographers to photograph homes they are selling. But there are other times that the agents themselves can get the task done themselves. Here are Heidi's tips to taking better photos of homes for sale:

Shooting with natural light has the benefit of a short equipment list. A camera, tripod, and wide angle lens is all you need.

  • Camera: A DSLR with auto-bracketing will increase your shooting speed and ease.  Here is one I highly recommend (https://amzn.to/2SX4U0l) It comes with a lot of extras that you may or may not use, but for the price it can't be beat!
  • Tripod: Your tripod should be sturdy enough that your camera will stay put if you need to manually adjust camera settings, while shooting a series of bracketed images.  The camera recommended above comes with a great tripod that should work just fine.
  • Wide Angle Lens (with lens hood): For cropped sensor cameras, such as the Canon Rebel, the 18-55mm lens that comes with the kit above does a decent job.  For smaller rooms, the Canon 10-18mm is a great option. (https://amzn.to/2Tyblfw )
  • Not required, but definitely a bonus: Circular Polarizer. In addition to deepening blue skies, a circular polarizer can be very helpful in reducing glare on windows, foliage and pool surfaces.

A sunny day is the best canvas for your exterior shots. Try to schedule your shoot during a time of day when the sun will be shining on the front of the house. Ask your client (or check Google Maps) to see which direction the house faces. You want capture the front exterior in its best light, as it’s almost always used as the featured image for the property’s listing. If it’s not possible to shoot the exterior in sunlight, don’t fret. Shooting HDR (explained later on) will help perk up a shady exterior.

There’s usually one ideal spot in a room, to position your camera to showcase the best angle. A room’s best angle usually shows:

  1. As much of the room as possible.
  2. The most aesthetically pleasing furniture and/or architectural elements.

For the natural light photographer, finding that spot depends on two things: available space, and window brightness.

Most importantly, you need to pick a space you can physically occupy. For smaller houses and rooms, quite often your only choice is the doorway, as it is likely to be the only spot where you can fit behind the tripod, and still squeeze enough of the room into your shot. Capturing three walls in your shot will give the viewer a better idea of the size and space of the room.

Rooms large enough to offer more than one shooting location often have windows lacking shades or blinds. Pick a spot in which extremely bright windows are angled more than 45 degrees away from center of your lens’ field of view. Doing so will help you avoid a high-contrast shooting situations and potential lens flare, which will in turn reduce your time spent in post-production.