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Real Estate Photography Tips For Beginners

By | 03/11/2022

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Time Out with Tanya, where I’ve put my fast paced graphic blueprint career on agree in favor of adventures in maternity. I’k capturing every moment on camera and you can come up along, if y’all’d like.

Final calendar week I was hired, for the first fourth dimension e’er, to photograph a luxury home for a Existent Estate list. In an industry where a picture show is literally worth a thousand words (and peradventure several grand dollars), this was a job I didn’t want to take lightly. I hate to admit it, though, I was very unprepared for the shoot. I learned a lot, and I promise my tips for kickoff time Real Estate Photographers will help yous avoid some of my mistakes.

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Use a Tripod

My shoot was in an out-of-town location and in my packing haste, I forgot my tripod. Oops! I figured it wouldn’t be that big of a deal, since my Canon 5D Mark 3 can handle depression light very well and I had a wink with me. I was able to get a decent exposure handheld, but a tripod would have been overnice to have around. Especially if I had wanted to try some HDR techniques. For Tripod recommendations, check out Cha’southward latest Gear Talk Episode: OUR FAVORITE TRIPODS!

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Bring More I Flash

I keep one portable light, like the Catechism 530EXII, in my kit at all times. I take a 2nd one that I didn’t happen to accept with me at this shoot and it would have come in handy. One wink for small rooms and closets was perfect, but for big areas, like the nifty room and kitchen combo, 2 or more lights would take been ideal. In the stop, I had to rely on natural low-cal for these large spaces.

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Bring Light Stands

On a related notation, I was kicking myself for not bringing any lite stands. I used the little stand up that comes with my speedlite, but it kept falling off (so annoying!) Plus, if I needed lite in an area of a room that didn’t accept a counter meridian or piece of furniture item where I could place my light, I was out of luck.

Use a Wide Angle Lens

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My go-to lens these days is the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 markII. Information technology’south and so versatile that I rarely take it off my photographic camera. Plus, the focus is always spot on and tack sharp. I dear information technology! I thought 24mm would be wide plenty for shooting in this large business firm. But I was wrong! If Real Estate photography is going to be part of my regular customer offerings, I definitely need to invest in a wider bending lens. While I remember photos created with a fish eye lens are annoying (and deceiving, fifty-fifty) something a little wider like the Canon EF xvi-35mm f/2.8L Ii USM Lens, if you’re on a full frame body, or the Canon EF-Due south 10-18mm f/four.5-5.6, if you’re on a crop sensor trunk (and a upkeep! It’due south and so affordable) would be ideal. For more info on affordable gear options for Existent Manor Agents, click here.

Accept a Contract

This is probably a no-brainer for most of you, simply in this instance I was working for family unit and merely kind of showed up without knowing the details of the job. What I thought would be a quick 30-minute shoot turned into 4 hours of cleaning, staging and photographing an estate that wasn’t ready at all to be photographed. While this was a unique situation, I could see this kind of thing happening often to naive photographers like myself. Make sure you know what you’re getting into and that you’re beingness compensated adequately for your time and work. Have a signed contract stating all the details of the chore.

Accept Insurance

During this entire shoot, I was a footling paranoid about touching and moving the holding of the home possessor. What if I broke something? Am I covered by my standard liability insurance? As a photographer, do you even take insurance? It’s something to think about before you agree to enter someone’s home and start touching their things.

Be Flexible

When the agent and I arrived at this shoot, the light was non ideal for shooting the exterior of the home but I took a few shots anyway. By the time we left the home (four hours afterwards…) the sky was full of cute clouds and the light was a fiddling more than diffused. Perfect! If weather isn’t on your side or the lighting is horrible, exist prepared to come back after. You might too consider learning how to create a High Dynamic Range (HDR) epitome, which involves taking three different exposures and combining them in order to get an fifty-fifty exposure and detail in the highlights and shadows of a mural or architectural image. The SLR Lounge HDR Photography Workshop covers everything you demand to know almost this popular technique for Real Estate Photography.

Utilize Preset Editing

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Before Editing
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Afterwards Editing

Editing the images from this shoot was fast and easy. I use Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and the SLR Lounge Lightroom Preset Arrangement. Before I constitute this organization I was very anti-presets, but this arrangement has saved me and so much time and allows me to create my own style, non copy someone else. I honey it!

Use Advanced Editing Techniques

For the most part, the editing on these images involved a couple clicks and I was done. A few required just a little advanced editing to make them stand out to a higher place your average snap shot. I used the graduated filter with the Sky/Deject/Ocean preset in the SLR Lounge Preset System and adapted the Hue and Saturation to make the lawn and trees greener (at the asking of the amanuensis). That’due south it!

Consider a Photograph Editing Service

If you don’t have time to edit photos or demand to deliver a book club within a brusk period of fourth dimension, consider using a
. For $2-$x per photo (depending on the work needed), they can become you a finalized product inside a day or 2, potentially saving you lot hours.

Take a Quick Turn Around

The Real Estate industry is driven past location, cost and timing. Advice with the agent who hired you is key to making certain you lot get your images to them in fourth dimension for whatever deadlines they may accept. Generally, the faster the better. I was able to deliver these quickly considering I take my editing system in place for a quick plow effectually.

Well, that wraps up my Top Ten Real Estate Photography Tips (and Mistakes to Avoid) for Beginners. Volition you give be giving Existent Estate Photography a try? Permit me know how it goes.

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