Real Estate Photography Help

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Taking photos in 2019 doesn't seem like a daunting task at all. Since the start of the digital age, technology has allowed the average individual to produce media that at one time only highly qualified professionals could task. Though the technology advancement allowed average individuals to create beautiful photos and materials like never before, the professionals try to stay a few steps ahead of the game starting with providing HD quality photos. quality that was never before seen in the photos. Now many professionals provide HD quality 3d mapped experiences that can be used with a VR headset. Yea, we have come a long way in the past 2 decades but photos still stand the test of time and brokers and owners still choose to complete their own photos.

Here is a simple list that should help out all the "do it yourself" photographers.


#1: Plan for success

Even if you are the homeowner it is best to plan based on your equipment, capabilities, time, weather. Be sure to plan according to weather and time of day. Utilizing well-timed natural light is key to making your photos turn out good. Too much sun and your photos are too bright too little sun and your photos can get dull and grainy. For the best results if it possible with scheduling shooting your interior photos during the day when the sun is at its peak and taking your exterior photos during the twilight hour will help avoid unwanted shadows and harsh lighting. (Not sure when the twilight hour is? twilight would be when the sun is not visible behind the horizon but it is still light outside.)

#2: Inspect the property and surroundings.

The second step really has nothing to do with photography besides the fact that you do not want your viewers to look at ugly trash, nasty toilet seats, or the dog pooping in the background. The Marketeers supplies a simple checklist you can purchase that will help you stay on track and know some of the major items and conflicts to look for. I.e. cobwebs, animal food bowls, Children & Animals (hide them both they love photos), bulky appliances, and more. Contact us to buy to full list. 

#3: Proper gear and equipment.

After you have inspected the property and made sure you will not be photobombed by anything unwanted you want to check your gear and equipment. No matter what you are using if you are using a phone or digital camera, DSLR, or camcorder. Make sure you have the proper batteries, and equipment ready before you start taking pictures, you do not want to get started and realize you don't have enough battery to finish or you get finished and see that you only have half your photos. Try and be prepared for the worst.

#4: Using stabilization

If you are doing video or photos you want to be sure your camera is stable, If you do not own a tripod or a stabilization tool try using a surrounding wall or an item to prop and stabilize yourself while taking photos.

#5: Angles and positions

You want to show as much as possible in each photo, shooting from corner to corner and trying to angle your photos to open up the area. If you are using a cell phone or digital camera you want to position your camera to shoot 16:9 photos rather than 4:3 this will help you show more area and looks better with modern tech using 16:9 formatting.

#6: Take your time, do the walk through

It helps the process to start your photo shoot just as if you were taking a tour through the home for the first time, this will not only help you keep track of the photos you need it will help in organizing and editing later.

#7: Blinds and Windows

Depending on your equipment, natural light and window arrangement, you might have a question about what to do with blinds or shades.  Limiting overexposure by keeping the blinds closed but allowing light in by keeping them angled to reflect the incoming light on to the ceiling is a good approach when using phones and digital cameras.


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