Ways to Improve your real estate interior photography skills!

There are a lot of ways that you can implement to improve your creativity that would completely change the feel of your interior photography. And we found that many of them make mistakes while shooting living rooms, kitchens, bathrooms, balcony dining room, etc.

4 Mistakes you should avoid while photographing interiors for real estate

Distortion in the images –  This we find familiar from our clients, that the focus on the picture is not correct as the horizontal and vertical lines are crooked which means the lines are not perfectly balanced.

Not making a proper arrangement – Arrangements are not correctly made before the shoot. Things are not properly placed and rooms are not cleaned well, so this makes a bad impression in the mindset of the people who view the images.

Not adjusting Lighting effect – Light is essential when shooting photos for real estate, but we found over contrast images, the grainy effect in the dark area of the room, and distortions.

Not using a proper lens – Not using an adequate lens to take photos and which results in barrel distortion. And Fish eyes lens causes distortion.

Doing editing of their own –  Photographers who have no experience or having bunch images to edit in less time using editing tools might be a risky job when editing all the above problems.

So as per our recommendation if you don’t have time and need your photos to be edited in less time in the low budget, then you can take the help of an image editing firm who can help you from your problem and give you the result which your clients will love to promote their websites.

What camera & gears should you use for interior real estate photography?

Camera – Nikon D7500, Nikon D850, Canon Rebel SL2(EOS 200D), Panasonic Lumix GH5 are some best camera for interior photography here is the full list. Best camera for creatives in 2018

Lenses – Choose wide angle lenses with 16 – 35 mm which comes with f1- f5 aperture and that can capture photos in low light without worrying about shutter speed.

Tripod – Use a tripod to avoid blur images.

Remote Control shutter release – When taking photos on a tripod chance is to get blur images as the tripod might shake a little bit while when clicking pictures, so using a remote control shutter release will be more helpful it is just a cable with a remote attached to it. And you need to plug it in your camera and adjust the setting accordingly.

Artificial lights – You can use artificial lights (flashlight) to shoot interiors where the interior in low light condition.

What is the best camera setting to adjust and shoot for real estate interior photography?

If you’re really an expert in manual mode then you can set the three of the settings as per required.

Set the aperture  – Adjust the aperture to f8 to f10 and check whether you can focus on your subject and the surroundings to capture in-depth photos.

ISO – You need to raise your ISO to 400 to 600 as you will be shooting in low light condition show you need to adjust ISO accordingly so that it won’t reflect noise effect in the images you take.

Shutter speed – Start experimenting with shutter speed to 1/4  – 1/20 – 1/300 with the same aperture and see the changes in the images.

Tripod use – Use a tripod when working on low shutter speed as it will help from the risk of blurry images and gives you the freedom to shoot images in natural light.

Aperture Priority mode – If you’re uncomfortable with the manual mode, then setting aperture priority mode will be safe as you won’t have to adjust the shutter speed you just need to set the aperture which should be f8 to f10 and the ISO or if you’re a bit confused about ISO then you can set the ISO to auto mode. And the camera will do the rest in setting up the shutter and the ISO.

How to take an interior picture of a real estate property?

When photographing house interior then you need to keep in mind certain things to work on to improve your photography

Use perspective distortions lens – You can use a perspective lens to avoid distortion. As ultra wide lenses might create a curved effect. So these lenses will control the distortion and will be helpful to shoot photos in the straight line. If you’re don’t have this lens then you can take the help of photo editing tools to crop and adjust the curved areas. Or shoot homes interiors with wide-angle lenses and not with Fisheye lenses.

Use proper light effect – Everyone wants their image to be proper and draw visitors attention who are looking to buy the property, so you need to work on the rooms and the lights. If the natural lights hitting through the windows might impact changes in color temp a bit blue effect and the views of the room to yellow. So you will come to know the color variations in your images and making necessary changes in the editing tool can avoid this color temps by setting the correct white balance. Take 2 – 4  different exposures and through Lightroom, it’s possible to create HDR images.

Shoot in raw file – We also get JPEG images from real estate clients to edit their photos and it editing JPEG format won’t provide much flexibility in editing the photos using advanced tools.JPEG is a processed image format and RAW format is unprocessed, where you can edit of your own and gives much flexibility to edit as per the required changes. So saving the work in raw is mostly preferred by professionals.

Adjust the tripod when getting into play – You need to make sure the tripod should be at a level of your chest to take good photos from corner sides or taking flat shoots. You can adjust the height up and down of the tripod according to your convenience. If your shooting furniture so you need to level down the tripod to take pictures of the furniture in the living room at a corner side or shooting straight by following the leading lines of composition.

Makes changes in the room – If the room is totally messed up then you can take the permission of the house owner and make necessary changes in the kitchen or dining room cleaning the floors, proper adjustment of the tables, removing all unwanted things which can cause a negative impact in the viewer mind. Photographers should be well prepared with the rooms which they need to photo shoot. And you can try some colorful decorative artwork and things like flower vase, attractive pillows, bed sheets, curtains that would pop up the attention.

Experiment in every angle -You need to test with various angles to check which one works well for you for that you need to take more amount of photos and if you feel something is not working then you can delete that and go for the next. Try taking photos on various angles for every single room.

Using a flash that works – Flashlight in the low light condition is better but it produces harsh light which might affect the image so focusing flash in the walls or ceilings which works as a diffuser and softening the light that makes the images more appealing and works best for photographers.

Time to edit your work – At last post-processing work on every image you took to edit, delete or replace the image which you want. Editing work might be the time-consuming job for you sometimes when you get a batch of images to edit in a specified time. So taking the help of an image consultant will be a better option to make yourself FREE from editing and only focus on your client satisfaction.

Here is an informative video for shooting interior photography

Helpful Resources

  1. 10 Tips for Better Interior Photography
  2. Best Practices for Shooting Single Images in Real Estate Photography
  3. Photo 101: Five Tips for Shooting Interiors
  4. How to Shoot and Edit Interior Photos

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