Real Estate Photography –Tips for Creative and Attractive Photos for Your Real Estate Listings

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Whether you’re a home seller, a real estate agent or a photographer, you know that an attractive and compelling photo of the property is a great advantage of getting it sold quickly. People who browse through real estate listing don’t just get disinterested when there are no photos of the property, but they also get suspicious. However, a mere photo simply won’t cut it. Every day, thousands of new properties are being placed into the market and the best way to get noticed is to present beautiful photos.
The truth is, there’s more to real estate photography than what you see from home and lifestyle magazines and websites. The photographer must have the perfect mixture of science and art as far as capturing properties into photos are concerned. A home seller may be more concerned about the end results of the process, but most of the work simply lies on the photographer’s shoulders.
Whether you’re considering starting a career in professional real estate photography or simply want to take better pictures of your home for sale, there are certain things about this discipline that you need to know and understand first.
The Equipment You Need
Obviously, you will need a camera. However, if you want to get a little more serious about real estate photography, you need more than a smartphone or digital point-and-shoot. It is ideal to use a digital SLR camera as it comes with an army of manual and automatic features and settings that will help you achieve better photos. Furthermore, most DSLR cameras have interchangeable lenses so you can change and attach the appropriate lens for a given situation.
Most of the expert real estate photographers agree that you will mostly need a wide angle lens. These lenses can make a small space seem big and spacious in photos. However, you need to be careful when picking the appropriate lens and not mislead the buying public about the real dimensions of the space. To start, consider getting one of the following: Canon 10-22mm, Nikon 10-24mm and Canon 17-40mm wide angle lenses.
Shooting static objects like real estate also demand precision and sharpness and it’s almost impossible to achieve that without a trusty tripod. Mounting your camera on the tripod provides stability so you can use slower shutter speeds and not having to worry about shakes and blurry results. A tripod is also very important when shooting exactly the same space with different exposures which you may intend to post-process later on.
Prepping up the Space
Hopefully, you already have a solid idea of what the client wants and have gone to the property at least once just to check and have the space prepared. You don’t want to show up on the shoot and spend half of your working time cleaning the house! You should communicate to the owner or real estate agent that the space should already be cleaned and clutter-free before the shoot to save you both time and money.
You may still make modifications on the arrangement if you feel that the space don’t look and feel right. Maybe a huge sofa is blocking the view to the window or the second lamp makes the whole picture redundant. If it’s going to make the photos better, add, remove or eliminate certain things from the picture.
You can read more in our June 2016 issue of ModelsMania

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