Photo Techniques: Travel Photography and Post Processing Techniques

Dan Eitreim

May 28, 2015

Things to Watch Out For – Indoor Photography

TIP 1 – Keep people and animals out of the shots. That would also include objects such as feeding dishes, dog beds or cat scratching posts. Some potential buyers may have allergies (or an aversion to certain pets) and will immediately stop looking when there is evidence of pets living there. Let that be something discussed between the prospect and the agent rather than turning them off with a photo.

TIP 2 – Avoid or at least minimize overly bright windows (we call them “blown out”). It can be especially tricky to take indoor photos of a home that is fairly dark inside when there is bright sunlight coming through a window. Techniques to deal with this can easily occupy an entire training session or more and I will write about that specifically in another article. Best to add more lighting to the room, adjust blinds and position yourself so an overly bright window will not be too prominent when framing your photo. Another option is to take the photos just after sunset or when the sun is on the other side of the home.

TIP 3 – Cloudy days are fine for taking photos. The difference between indoor and outdoor light is more balanced and even. You won’t have as many blown-out window situations to deal with. If you want blue sky and sunshine for the outside photos, you could always come back another day to take the outdoor shots.

Things to Watch Out For – Outdoor Photography

TIP 4 – When shooting outdoors, avoid moving vehicles, people or pets. Let them pass by, then take your shot. This is especially important if you are shooting multiple exposures. As best you can, avoid or minimize the effect of things like power lines and poles, in-ground utility boxes and unsightly neighboring homes or yards. Reposition yourself and frame your shot until you achieve the best look.

TIP 5 – Outdoor front shots of the home can be tricky. If you happen to be using a wide-angle lens, don’t back up too much or the property may appear to have a huge driveway or lawn and a tiny home. Don’t stand too close so that your camera is angled up steeply. Take a front-on shot of the home and a few others from different angles so you have several to choose from. Generally, I don’t bother with a photo angle that would show mostly garage door. If possible, try to can get an angled shot that doesn’t make a neighboring home seem too close.

TIP 6 – This concept may be a little trite by now, but the “rule of thirds” (in art and photography) is helpful to keep in mind. For shots of the front or back, featuring the entire home, put the home in the middle third, sky in the top third, and ground in the lower third. Be sure to allow some space on either side of the home so nothing is cut off.

Things to Watch Out For – Indoor & Outdoor Photography

TIP 7 – Dust – Argh! The nemesis of photographers everywhere. It will get into your camera. No zoom lens or camera is airtight unless it is a model built for underwater use. If you have a camera that has a feature to clean the sensor, it may or may not shake off a dust particle or two, but absolutely will not totally clean it. Some dust and pollen is just too sticky. Get your camera professionally cleaned at least once per year or whenever you start to notice dust showing on your photos. Below are a few ways to minimize the amount of dust collected inside your camera and perhaps you can stretch the time between cleanings:

Please keep in mind that taking high-quality real estate photos is an art unto itself. It is not the kind of thing that even an experienced wedding photographer can easily step into and do a good job of without specific training. It involves a different set of techniques. The best real estate photographers run their photos through “post processing” which can involve many steps, lots of expensive software tools, and a good eye for detail. This post processing can add a lot of time to getting quality results. So, when in doubt, when you don’t feel confident, when you just can’t get the right look to your photos, when you want the best possible results for your listing in the Northern Colorado area, call me at 970-590-0080. Please visit my website www.ApexVirtualMedia.com for more information and to view my work! I welcome your feedback and suggestions.

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