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How Do Professionals Capture the Best Real Estate Photos?

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How Do Professionals Capture the Best Real Estate Photos?

In 2022, in the world of VR and AR real estate, you need the professionals to help with real estate

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Have you ever wondered how professional real estate photographers are able to come up with such crisp and high-quality photos? You might have tried taking some real estate photos on your own only to end up with disappointing, somewhat blurry results. The reason why professional real estate photographers are able to take such good photos is that they have a few important tricks up their sleeves. 

When it comes to professional real estate photos, the lighting, the position, the camera, and even the time of day are all important to get high-quality results. If you ignore these details, even if they might seem insignificant, you will find that the resulting home tour photos won't look all that great. Keep reading and learn more about how professionals are able to do such great professional real estate photography. 

What Is Real Estate Photography and Why Does It Matter?

While many believe that real estate photography is just about pictures, it is actually much more important than you might expect. Real estate photos are the first impression of a home. If the photos don't look good, you can't expect potential buyers to see them and then want to visit the house. 

If the lighting is bad, the house can look smaller and older than it really is. On the other hand, if you improve the lighting and the position of the camera, you will find that the same house can look much brighter and more spacious. When professionals list the real estate photos on a website for your house's listing, those pictures need to be able to convince potential buyers to take a closer look at that home. 

The pictures need to be able to show everything that the house has to offer. The pictures are meant to showcase all the benefits in your house such as granite countertops, wood floors, new cabinets, or whatever else your house has. In general, the more pictures the photographer takes, the better.

That's because having more pictures on your listing will give potential buyers more of an opportunity to see what your house looks like. If your home listing only has a few pictures of a few rooms, your potential buyers won't be sure if the house is worth looking at. But even if your listing has plenty of pictures, you better make sure that they are high-quality, otherwise, you still might have trouble attracting potential buyers. 

If you have 20 or more photos on your listing but they're all blurry, the homebuyers might not be able to see what kind of condition your house is in. But what do photographers do to make sure that the pictures are high-quality?

Use a Tripod

When it comes to interior design photography (and photography in general), steadiness is one of the most important factors a photographer needs to consider. Everyone's hands shake a little bit, even those with the steadiest of hands. When it's time to take a picture of a room or the outside of a house, the photographer can't afford to have shaky hands. 

Otherwise, the resulting photo will be blurry. This is especially true when the lighting is poor and the photographer has a camera that is not able to pick up on a lot of light. Many amateur real estate photographers or those trying to photograph their own homes don't realize this. 

They'll take several pictures of the house and only later realize that they're all blurry because of their shaky hands. Since it would take a lot of effort to retake all those photographs, many amateur photographers end up putting up the bad photos and the listing will suffer because of it. 

Fortunately, there is a simple solution to this problem: a tripod.

A tripod is a device on which a photographer can set his camera. The tripod stands on its own and is very steady. 

You won't have to spend so long stabilizing your own body and hands before you take the shot. Once you set the tripod on a flat surface, you can adjust it however you want without worrying about any kind of shakiness. When it's time to take a picture, all you have to do is press the button on your camera. 

A tripod is also ideal if you want to take some long-exposure pictures of the house's exterior. This will make for some unique pictures that will give a house listing far more positive attention than ever before.

Take Pictures Later in the Day

What many people don't realize, including amateur photographers, is that the time of day you take pictures actually matters, especially for exterior photography. If you've ever taken photos in the middle of the day, you may have found that your photos look somewhat washed-out and colorless. Or, they might be far too overexposed and it can be hard to distinguish what is in the picture. 

Whatever the case, taking photos in the middle of the day is almost always a bad idea. This is true for interior photography as well. The light that filters through the windows of a house (and even through the curtains) can make the interior look washed out. 

The light may also give the interior shots a fuzzy look because there is too much light. But taking photos too late in the day may also be a bad idea. As the sun sets, it may already be too dark to take any good pictures unless you have a camera with a lens that is able to take pictures in low light.

But even so, potential buyers won't be able to see much of the exterior of the house if it is mostly dark outside. The same applies to the early morning. The early morning is usually too dark and murky to take any good photos of the interior or exterior. 

Instead, the ideal time of day to take real estate photos is later in the day before the sun sets. At that time, the sun will be low in the sky but it won't be setting so much that you have to race against time to take your photos before it gets too dark. By taking photos later in the day, the photographer is able to get the perfect light exposure for the photos.

Don't Forget the Drone

Some of the best real estate photography comes from above. Using a drone to take pictures of a piece of property is a great way to show a house in a way it might not usually be shown.

For example, without a drone, a real estate photographer will be very limited in what he can accomplish when it comes to exterior photography. He will have to walk around the house and take several pictures of the different sides of the house, but all of these pictures would be from the same perspective.

The pictures would all end up looking up at the house in some way unless the pictures were taken from a distance. The downside of only doing photography on the ground is that the photographer would not be able to get close to some of the house's characteristics that are higher up such as the roof, gutters, windows, and so on. 

But a photographer wouldn't have to worry about these problems once he invests in a drone.

A drone can take a heavy weight off of a photographer's shoulders for a variety of reasons. For example, a drone can move much faster than a photographer because it can zip around the house as fast as a bird. 

This can save the photographer a lot of time and energy. But more than that, the drone will be able to take close-up photos of parts of the house that the photographer might not be able to reach. This is ideal if the house has a new roof or new gutters to show off. 

The drone can also take a photo of the entire house from above. This will give potential buyers a better look at the house's roof, size, and the size of the property itself. 

Everything You Need to Know About Getting Great Real Estate Photos

Taking great real estate photos can be difficult if you don't know the tricks of the trade. By using a tripod, a drone, and utilizing the lighting, a photographer can make any house look as good as possible. And, of course, a professional with many years of experience under his belt is always preferred over amateur photographers. 

Otherwise, a home listing might end up with a whole list of dark and blurry photos. To learn more about real estate photography, don't hesitate to contact us here