Now you maybe have been planning to start your career as a real estate photographer due to its currently rising popularity and greater chances of earning a healthy income. Many photographers are now starting their own real estate photography business. They know the ways of how to earn from a photography business.
You can also do some amazing property photography and become a successful house photographer quite easily. All you need is a property photography checklist and some cool property photography tips.
In this article I’ll give you the most major and effective real estate photography tips techniques that will rank you on top as a pro real estate photographer. All you need to do is practice these tips and improve your photographs.
Real estate photography equipment
The most important tip you will need is the equipment tip. There is lots of photography equipment available in the market. You will need some of the important equipments to capture professional real estate images. The main equipment is the camera. Any camera can be helpful for you mainly you’ll need to buy such camera in which you can use any sort of lens. Best brands would be Canon, Nikon, Sony, Panasonic and Olympus. Then you should buy an external flash, a flash diffuser, umbrella Softbox, tripod and lenses. For Softbox I would suggest Godox brand.
Real estate photography camera settings
Now let’s talk about the camera settings you should use for indoor house photography. The main thing you should do is shoot photos in aperture priority mode (Av). In this mode you’ll have to just setup the aperture depending on the sharpness you want in the image. Set an ISO of 100 to 200. If you use too much or even too low ISO then the image may become noisy. Then set the White balance to auto mode (AWB). It will automatically set the white balance of the situation depending on the light temperature. Now you’re good to but before you start capturing photos I would suggest you to capture some test photos to properly set the camera settings.
Real estate photography lighting
Lighting plays a great role in photography. It controls the overall sharpness of the image. For real estate photography you should have a good lighting source. The most effective light source is obviously natural light. Open all the windows and doors and let light enter the rooms. With natural light coming from these windows and doors you can capture quality photos. If there are no natural light sources then I would suggest you to use flash and Softbox like umbrella for sharp photographs of the property.
Use wide angle lenses
For lens I would suggest you to use a wide angle lens. A wide angle lens takes in the frame all the things you can see through your eyes. It helps you to capture a wider area of the property. The wider the angle the more of the property you can capture. The best wide angle lenses are these – Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm, Canon EF 16-35mm, Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 and Sigma Art 12-24mm. Buy any of these and capture better view of the house.
Declutter the house
If you want people to make purchase of the property of which you captured photographs of then I would say you to keep the house as clean as possible before the shoot. The client you will work with should declutter the house before you start capturing photographs. Declutter means removing all the unnecessary things like toys, towels, laptops, etc away from the frame or scene. This will make the photo of the house look organized and comfy. People love these pictures and the chances of conversion increases because of it. So Declutter the house before capturing its photographs.
Capture yard photos
Yard plays a very important role in a house or any other real estate property. It is yard that makes the real estate property looks beautiful from outside. If the area is not attractive from outside, people may have a wrong impression about that real estate property. You should click photos of the yard of the property as a real estate photographer. Doing that, you will get to give the chance to show the outer side of the real estate property to the clients by which the clients may get more interested about the property. Set the camera properly and do not use flash while you are shooting the yard. Using the flash will make you lose the natural element of photography of yard.
Use a tripod
There are several equipment for photography that you have to use while doing any kind of photography. Tripod is one of the important photography equipment. As we are talking about real estate photography, it will be better if you use a tripod. You have to move yourself with the camera to shoot different parts of a real estate property. You may face an unavoidable circumstance which is shakiness. To avoid that shakiness for your real estate photography, you can use a tripod. A tripod will help you to shoot real estate photos in relaxing mode. Your hands will also not get tired and you can shoot photos as much as you can.
Click from angles
A real estate property has different areas and sides to click photo of. You cannot just click photo from one perspective as you want to impress the clients by your photography. Photographs of real estate only of one angle are no way going to impress the clients. In that case, you must try shooting every part of real estate property from different angles. Your clients will understand about the real estate property by seeing the photos of the real estate property from different angles. Do not just stick with the regular straight angle. Play with the angles and show the photos to the clients.
Shoot in RAW
As I am giving you some great property photography tips, I would like to give a tip as a house photographer which is to shoot real estate photographs in raw format. Using filters is not actually a good idea for shooting real estate photographs. The photos using filters will not look like natural photographs. Shooting in raw format would be the best option for clicking property photography.
Go for post processing
Shooting real estate photo in raw format is better. But this is not all. You have to go for post processing or photo editing to make the real estate photos look luscious. Suppose the color of the real estate property is not looking as it is on the photo or there are many spots at an area or the background is not convincing enough. In that case, you need the help of photo editing. If you do not know how to do real estate photo editing by yourself, you can take help from different photo editing companies. You will be able to get different types of photo editing services such as background removal, color correction, photo retouching, image manipulation etc.
If you are a beginner and clueless about how to do real estate photography, the property photography checklist above will help you out to be a professional real estate photographer. So this is your chance to be a professional real estate photographer and earn handsome amount of money.