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4 Tips for New Real-Estate Photographers

Written by Posted On Wednesday, 05 February 2020 08:38
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A job as a real-estate photographer can be an exciting and fulfilling way to show off your photography skills and help connect people to the home of their dreams. Before you snap your first photo, though, it’s essential to keep some basic tips in mind to ensure you get the highest-quality pictures. After all, the seller and realtor depend on you to take photos that accurately reflect the home to help ensure a quick sale. To help you succeed, here are a few insider tips to help you on your journey.

Examine the Property

Before you begin taking photos, it’s crucial that you do a thorough walkaround of the property. This is to acquaint yourself with the property, to find good angles to take pictures, and to locate features, such as light switches, that you’ll need later. This will also ensure that you get a mental checklist of the pictures that need to be taken so you don’t forget anything when you begin the photoshoot.

Turn on the Lights

Now that you know the location of the light switches around the home, it’s time to turn on all the lights. There are two reasons that this is an important step in real-estate photography. The first is that light fixtures can help to brighten up a room, resulting in a higher-quality picture. The second is that, especially in luxury homes, the various light fixtures are one of the selling points that need to be highlighted. If the lights are off, no one will know about these beautiful fixtures that enhance the character of the house.

Let the Natural Light In

Natural light, in almost all cases, will produce a better photograph than artificial lighting. That’s why it’s important to photograph the various rooms throughout the home with the blinds open as far as they will go. This will prevent dingy-looking shadows that can distract from what is an otherwise beautiful room. If you hadn’t noticed, this point also means that you need to be at the house when there is natural light available, meaning night photoshoots are generally discouraged.

Look Before Leaving

When you’re taking a picture, it can be easy to overlook items in the background that could distract from the quality of the shot. That’s why it’s crucial that you look through each of the pictures you took before you leave the home. Make sure, for example, that there’s no one outside peering through an open window or that a closet door wasn’t left open when you meant for it to be shut. Looking through your photos now will prevent you from having to come back later, wasting a lot of time.

Enjoy It

As a real estate photographer, you get the rare opportunity to tour a wide variety of beautiful homes. As you take pictures for other people to use, you’ll find that you start forming ideas of what you want your own home to look like. Someday, then, you may find yourself taking pictures of a house that you intend to buy yourself.

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