How to Compose Real Estate Photos - The Basics
In this lesson, you'll learn the basic process to taking great real estate photos. So let's get into it. The first thing is generally you shoot from the corner of the room. This is where you're going to stand and get the best view of the entire room as much as possible. Things to look out for are that lens distortion. So on the edges of a wide angle lens, sometimes things start to bend a little bit. So if you have things like photo frames, TV, S doorways, window frames, just pay attention. If it looks super weird, you might need to adjust while you're there taking the photos because while some of this can be fixed in post production, sometimes it doesn't, it's a bit hard to do well. And so readjusting your frame panning to the left or right or choosing a different corner of the room is maybe the best idea you want to start with the camera at waist height. I find that this is a great sort of level for a lot of rooms like your living space, bedrooms. The time you might want to raise the ...
height of your camera is when you're in places like the kitchen bathrooms where you have countertops, you don't want the frame to be like right here at countertop level. You want to see those countertops you wanna potentially see over those countertops to be able to see things like the oven range or the bathroom sink or the toilet or whatever it is. And so lifting up the height of the the camera, there is probably a good idea but still probably about chest level, you know, depending on how tall you are, but maybe around that 4 to 5 ft mark is pretty good. You generally don't want to be like shooting down or shooting up at a room if you are in a big great room similar to like what I'm shooting in today. Um You might want to raise it as well if you have super high ceilings. Here's a couple of examples of that. So here in this room, you're probably a little bit higher than waist level to see over the bathtub. The photographer is probably standing in the bathtub for this example, to be able to see the countertop to see those sinks and not be sort of eye level with them. Here's another example where we're a bit higher in this photo to be able to see those countertops and to see what's beyond those countertops, I mentioned this before, but you want to make sure your camera is level, look for straight lines vertically and horizontal, but more importantly vertically. You want lines of door frames, window frames, picture frames to be vertical. Choose one of like the most important lines in your frame to be your guide post and make sure that that one is locked down vertical. And if other ones fall slightly not vertical, that's ok. We're gonna again show how you fix some of these things in post production. Here, we have a bedroom where that window frame, the corner of the room is often a good thing to use as a straight line. But even the corner on the right the corner in the background in the middle and then on the left, we have, it looks like a doorway maybe on the very far left that might be like an armoire or something. All of those vertical lines are perfectly up and down and then you might not be a designer. But I find that as a real estate photographer, it's your job to make the room look as good as possible. So, clean up things make it simple. That's probably the best rule is if there's too much clutter, just remove it. You can take it out for the photo, put it back, clean stuff up, things like pillows that are on couches, beds, make sure those are left looking good as much as possible and you're going to get better at this and sometimes you might be taking photos of empty spaces so you might not run into this issue. But if you are photographing spaces that already have furniture, this is super important and then also look for reflections in windows in glass picture frames. If you're in that reflection, again, it's possible to remove some of this stuff in post production. But it's going to be so much easier if you could take a photo without those reflections of you the photographer. And then also when you're shooting with a flash, if you have stands, if you have a flash off the camera, pay attention to that showing up in a reflection as well. Here's a couple of examples of rooms that just look nice, clean. Those books look perfectly positioned on that shelf. You can tell this was sort of a tough room to shoot in because you're crammed in this corner with the crib and the dresser. But still you get the general sense of the whole room. Here's an example of a bathroom using that tile as the line, the vertical lines to keep straight. But you might wanna just remove things if there's clutter on the sink. If there's toilet paper, if there's trash cans in the room, maybe just remove that stuff while you're taking the photo. So those are the basics. In the next lesson, we'll talk more about lighting.