Real Estate Photography Tips You Need to Know

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Michael Moodie
  By Michael Moodie
Real Estate Photography Tips You Need to Know

There are often different topics or rather aspects of photography that can sound pretty boring to a beginner or even an expert. The trick is to make it as fun as possible and add your own style of creativity to it. In this article today, we will be talking just a bit more about real estate photography. No, these tips won’t be about just taking pictures of the outside of a house or building but rather getting into the fine details of that house or building. In the real estate market today, you find tenants or buyers love to see the details in each building and what it has to offer both inside and out. I often put myself in the shoe of the real estate agent or the tenant and think as to what I would like to see when viewing a space online. I pay very close attention to detail in everything I do and I am observant as well. This works in my favor because if one little thing is off, I tend to see it and try to find a quick fix or solution. Don’t get sleepy on me or bored because I’m about to share some awesome tips with you as to what you need to capture amazing detail shots in real estate photography.

1. Wide Angle Lens

To some photographers this is already a given but to those who are not so sure, here is some clarity. You will more than likely NEED a wide angle lens when shooting details in real estate photography and when shooting real estate overall for many reasons. One of these reasons is to capture the most you can in one shot. A wide-angle lens allows you to capture so much more than your regular lenses. In addition to that, people always love to see more than the usual when looking at real estate images.

My general go-to lens when shooting wide angle detail shots for real estate details is the Canon 24mm f/2.8 or the Rokinon AF 14mm f/2.8. The Rokinon is a bit more on the expensive side but feels free to take a look on Amazon and see if it fits into your budget. I would recommend the Canon 24mm f/2.8 to anyone because it is a quality pancake lens and is capable of giving you the edge to edge image quality. The only issues I sometimes find with the Canon 24mm is that in tight spaces it’s obviously not wide enough and when it comes to shooting indoors and trying to use natural light you may have to use a flash to compensate for some dark spots due to the limit on how wide the aperture can get. However, it is a good lens to have in your camera bag when shooting real estate details.

2. Always Shoot in Landscape Orientation

When shooting real estate, always try to keep a landscape orientation as it is more pleasing to the viewer to see images as close to the 4:3 aspect ratio as much as possible. This ratio is pretty much how our eyes see the world so when looking at images close to this ration we tend to enjoy them more which has a lot to do with how the brain processes the image. In addition to that, always remember that the more you share in one frame is the better it is because you give a sense of comfort in sharing each detail.

3. Use a Full Frame Camera

Speaking of frames it’s also important to use a full frame camera if possible. If you’re a real estate agent currently reading this article and would just like to learn how to capture some good shots then no, you don’t need to go out and buy a full frame camera. However, if you’re a beginner or professional photographer and you don’t already have a full frame camera then I advise you look into getting one and I will tell you why.

The name practically explains itself as what a full frame camera is as opposed to a crop sensor camera. When shooting with a full frame camera and the correct lens you can get so much more quality and detail in your shot than that of a crop sensor camera. Your crop sensor camera basically does what it says which is cropping the frame cutting away so much of the shot and leaving you with just enough but not all the detail you’d love to get in your shot.

4. Emphasize

Usually, when we walk into a room there is some time that one thing that catches our eye and pretty much grabs your attention. When shooting details in real estate photography, you want to exploit whatever that element is so that the viewer can enjoy it as well. So if you walk into the dining area and the table is what really makes the room stand out, you should then think of ways as to how you can make this table the star of the show.

5. Prepare Each Room

There will be times where the rooms are prepared but not correct for photography. As photographers, we often see things differently than the next person and as an experienced photographer, you can always tell what looks good and what doesn’t look good. As a result of this, I advise you take a walk through of each room and prepare in the way that matches your style of photography and will make it pleasing to the eye.

Well, guys, I hope this article helped you to really capture some key details in your real estate photography. Thank you for stopping by and see you soon!

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Michael Moodie
Michael Moodie is a Freelance Photographer and Photojournalist. He Enjoys Lifestyle Photography and Traveling while doing all things creative!

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