Real Estate Photography

Real Estate Photography is not as easy as it may seem.  You may think that your cell phone or the little shoot and burn camera will take the pictures.  But if you want your listings to really shine, you need to understand the camera, its angles and the difference between the camera's point of view versus your eye.  In real estate photography, we want the photos to be as close as possible to what you see with the naked eye.  Let me show you an example.

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Image A, above, is a photograph of a dining room that has been properly exposed for the space.  But the room looks like a fun house.  The further from the camera, the smaller the room gets.  This is how the camera perceives the space.  But we humans have brains that tell us, this isn't right, this just seems off.  Because it is.  The house isn't any smaller, so an adjustment is needed in post to fix the perception of the room.  This adjustment varies based on the lens and camera used.  It's not a blanket fix for all photographs. 

 

Also, the light from the windows is blowing out the data captured for that area of the photograph.  That is because I exposed the room for the interior, not exterior.  Once again, however, our brains tell us, this isn't right.  When I am standing in this room, I am not blinded by this crazy light coming in the windows.  My eyes can adjust instantaneously to see both indoors and outdoors.  Like when you first come inside from outside, your eyes adjust.  The problem is the camera has to be told to adjust.  That is where HDR or High Dynamic Range Photography comes in.  

So what is High Dynamic Range?  It's simple, its an image that has been compiled from several images that results in a photograph that will be as close as possible, lighting wise, to what the human eye perceives.  How do photographers accomplish this?  There are several methods, but the most accepted method is by varying exposure compensation.  In the below images you will see I took 7 images to get my final result.  Starting with my exposure compensation +3, then +2, etc...  When I got to -3, I check my images to see if I liked what I could see out of the windows.  Did I have enough data to get a true view of what I am seeing?  In my opinion I did not so I took an additional 2 stops to get the view out of the window that I desired.  This resulted in a total of 9 pictures for one view.

After running these 9 photographs through the software, I have an image that, for lighting only is correct for the room.  But I still have a fun house look which means more edits are needed before I can send my clients the photograph.  As I mentioned, these edits are specific to the camera and lens used.  And each photographer has their own methods of accomplishing the final result.  Below is a side by side of Image A and our final Image.  I hope this convinces you that photography is difficult and hiring an experienced photographer is the way to go.  (And hopefully that photographer is me!)

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I am a small business owner.  I do all of the photography and edits myself.  That chat icon over there>>>>>  that is me, the real me, no robot, no call taker, it comes directly to me.  I hope to hear from you soon!

 

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