Real Estate Photography basics – and why going beyond matters

As celebrated landscape photographer Ansel Adams would say, “a good photograph is knowing where to stand.” That’s certainly an important part of Real Estate (and architectural) photography as well, but there are other crucial factors at play also.

Lighting interiors is one of the hardest skills of real estate photography to master. Yes, one can simply use an on-camera flash in the automated “TTL-mode” to light a room (and some photographers continue to do so) but the results are almost never desirable. I personally get the best result by using a minimum of two off-camera flashes to fill rooms with plenty of light. For the technically inclined, I use a Godox AD600 Pro as my main flash, and a couple of Godox V860II filler flashes in combination with a Godox XPro trigger. The results are noticeably better than using a single on-camera flash!

Focusing on what matters most to buyers is crucial. A solid curb-side exterior shot is so important! And so are multiple shots of the main areas, such as the living room, dining room, kitchen and master bedroom. Any major features, like a hot tub or large patio also deserve some special attention, while smaller bedrooms, bathrooms or laundry rooms can sometimes be covered well by a single shot.

To go beyond the usual, add drone photography to your order. It has the potential to make any average listing shine.

Drone shot of Gordon Head townhouse.

For this corner townhouse in Gordon Head I shot some good looking exterior and interior shots. To visually hone in on this being a corner property, I suggested using a drone shot. By doing so, I was able to go beyond what the realtor expected and the seller was excited about how the photos put their home for sale in its best possible light.

Call 250.415.2772 to book me, and let me help you sell your property listing with excellent photography, Matterport Virtual Tours, floor plans or drone shots.