Photographing Interiors – helpful tips

 

a) Natural light – When it comes to lighting interiors, natural light is the king. It is hard to replicate the quality of natural light if you are trying to shoot an indoor living space in a natural way. So on your next interior shoot, leave all that lighting gear at home. Those fancy lamps in the room you’re shooting? Turn those off. The gorgeous chandelier hanging in the center of the room? Yup, turn that bad boy off too. Open up the curtains and let the natural light flood into the room. No artificial lighting necessary. If you’re wondering what you’re supposed to do if the natural light isn’t bright enough to light up all the shadows and dark spots, the answer is use a slower shutter speed. Whip out your tripod, mount your camera onto it, and adjust the settings so you can take a long exposure with a narrow aperture. Of course, in some instance, you will have to call on the help of some lighting. When this is the case, make sure to experiment with different options and find what best lights the space.

b) Avoid shooting at angles – Normally, perspective is something I would consider a perfect thing to expirement with. However, photogrpahing interior spaces is a little tricky. Weird angles are really hard to make work. Shooting from unusually high or low perspectives causes the walls to appear slanted, furniture to become oddly shaped, and just generally makes the space look unbalanced. Always make sure your horizon line is straight when shooting. Make sure the end of lens is parallel with the wall it is facing and not tilting up or down. Rather than shooting from eye level, lower the camera slightly to chest or waist level. Check the viewfinder to make sure the perspective is correct.

c) Wide angle lens – A wide angle lens works well for shooting interiors. It can help you capture a large space in a single composition and it can also be used as a tool to help make small rooms and spaces appear larger. An important thing to keep in mind when using a wide angle lens, however, is distortion. You want your images to appear as they do to the natural eye. Wide angle lenses often cause distortion and can warp a composition. There are post production tools you can use to correct this, but it is still something you should think about when you are shooting. Objects in the center of the room may become distorted.

d) Setup the space – Move stuff around! As the photographer, it’s your job to make sure the image you take looks awesome. When you’re shooting interiors, this can mean setting up a space so it looks awesome before you photograph it. Just as a fashion photographer will have his subjects head to hair, makeup, and wardrobe before a shoot, interior photographers should make an effort to spice up their subjects too. If interior design and styling isn’t your thing, hire someone to help. Additionally, there will be times when you will want to move certain objects in a room to accommodate your composition. This could be something as small as moving a floor lamp out of the foreground to completely rearranging the furniture to a more aesthetic look. Don’t be afraid to make things look how you want them too!

 

6 COMPONENTS OF A GREAT PROPERTY PHOTO

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Creative Estate photography

6 COMPONENTS OF A GREAT PROPERTY PHOTO

1. THE RIGHT KIT

  • Wide angle lens
  • Flash
  • Tripod with spirit level
  • Remote shutter
  • Grey card

2. TAILORED APERTURE AND SHUTTER SPEED

  • Large depth of field with smaller aperture (bigger f-stop) for shooting rooms in their entirety
  • Bigger apertures to show interesting features

3. PERFECT LIGHTING

  • Soft, natural lighting is best
  • Try different combinations of natural and artificial lighting, illuminating dark spots with an off-camera flash as long as it’s a help, not a hindrance

4. THOUGHTFUL ANGLES

  • Best practice: shoot from a corner at 45 degree angle
  • For unusually shaped rooms and intriguing details, shoot from a different vantage point

5. COMFORTABLE STAGING

  • Plump cushions
  • Straighten chairs
  • Encourage homeowners to do their own staging before you arrive

6. CLEAN POST-PRODUCTION

  • Use photo-editing software to remove shadows, correct lighting, and adjust contrast levels to show the property off to its best potential
  • (Credit to KeyAgent, UK)

Tip of the month April: A professional photographer who will help you put your home’s best face forward…

If you want to sell your home fast and for the best value you can get, consider hiring a professional photographer who will help you with this process. While it’s another expense, consider this: When you put a home on the market, you’re competing against lots of other properties. If those properties are highlighted with attractive, well-lit photos and yours isn’t, you’re going to have more trouble getting potential buyers through the door.

Tips for choosing a professional real estate photographer:

  1. Check your “Phone Images”: If you are not sure about the pictures you have taken of your home ask your friends for their opinion.
  2. Use your valuable time to decorate & style your home instead of enhancing your “Phone Images” on your computer at a later stage.
  3. The quicker you can access the images, the faster you can start the selling process: Ask the photographer for her/his time frame.
  4. Choosing the right photographer for you: Look for a professional photographer in your local community with real estate experience. To live in the same area is an advantage to understand your needs.
  5. Sign a model release with your photographer to be sure to get what you want.

Call me at (587)777-5505 before the photo session starts in order to get the best result of your real estate images! You’re in good hands.

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Straight lines

Straight lines

Take a look at the before/after photos below. Focus on the vertical lines in the shot – the door ways, the walls, the cabinets and the windows. Watch how they go from being slanted or crooked, to being straight upright and vertical, resulting in a more pleasing photo.

 

Straight lines