Photgraphy for real estate is different as compared to shooting portrait shots outdoors. Most real estate agents know they need pictures to show clients and on their website if they have one. But, what most of them don’t know is they need to take good and compelling pictures to blow the minds of potential leads and that they can take the pictures by themselves.
If you are a realtor and you don’t have extra money to bank on a professional photographer, you can learn the basics yourself and start shooting real estate properties on your own. Assuming that you already own a DSLR camera (doesn’t matter if it’s entry level) and have started practicing taking pictures, here are tips that can help you get better in capturing stills of real estate properties and be a great realtor/photographer yourself.
Tip #1. Get a Tripod.
Before you attempt to go out and start taking photos, get a sturdy tripod that weighs just right to support your DSLR camera. The reason being is you don’t want to be lugging around a heavy tool when you can use a lightweight version that functions the same. Also, if you are just beginning to learn how to capture a perfect full shot of a property, expect to do a lot of adjustments to the height and angle of your tripod. So, it is preferable to master early on what angle works best with your camera because you’ll be using it most of the time.
Tip #2. Use a Wide-Angle Lens.
Don’t buy one just yet. This tip is me assuming on the premise that you have actually done your homework, practiced in taking pictures and have identified what you need to improve on. Once you have done that, you’re ready to spend extra cash on a wide-angle lens.
The idea is to not spend on a wide-andgle lens early on especially if you are tight in budget. Bank on your skills first in handling a starter kit lens (which can be best used for long shots outdoors), then when you are confident about the results you produce, move to a wide-angle lens. Why? Because when you start shooting rooms and tight spaces, you will need to capture the entire room and make your buyers feel that they are seeing the real scale of it. It’s similar to giving them the right expectations of what they will actually see when they visit the property.
Tip #3. Observe Rule of Thirds.
For anyone who is going to start photography both for hobby or work, this is one of the basics that must be learned. The idea is to divide your view in threes both horizontally and vertically so that you have nine partitions. At this point, imagine a grid with nine boxes in your lens or LCD view.
The four intersections of the partitions at the center should give the photographer an idea where to put the subject. This is called composition. A good composition places the subject in the correct spot in an image.
Tip #4. Shoot Exterior Shots When the Sun is Brightest
This should be in everyone’s book. When you want to showcase an entire property in a photograph, all of its details must be highlighted so the best way to actually capture it is by taking photos in broad daylight. The surroundings where a property is added to the Lighting is very important as it can dramatically improve a photograph so don’t forget to turn the switch on as well inside the property before you snap photos.
Tip #5. Take as Many Photos as You Can
Be shutter-happy. Don’t be afraid in taking too many photos because eventually, you’ll thank yourself that you did. What you want to achieve here is to have as many options of the same picture as possible. It is always better to have spare shots. If what you initially intended to capture did not come out as you wanted it to be in the post process phase, you wouldn’t be going into the whole would haves and could haves while you work. It makes the entire process easier and faster in your favor.
Read more about the second part of our real estate photography tips on the next post.
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