Archive for the 'Photo Composition' Category

What Is The Best Focal Length For Shooting Interiors?

November 6th, 2016

Aaron in OH asked: Today’s post brought up a question about wide angle lens’ and video that I have. Basically, what is the best focal length for filming video of interiors? I shoot stills with a Sony A7ii and Sony 10-18 mm (15-27mm FF). I film video with the Osmo Pro (X5) and the Olympus […]

Is It Possible To Get By Shooting Interiors With Just A 24mm Effective Lens?

July 19th, 2016

Rima in London asked the following: I am a freelance wedding photographer. I am currently trying to get into photographing properties to increase my income. I have a full frame Nikon D610 body with a 24-70mm lens. Is it possible get by shooting interiors with the 24-70mm? A new wide angle zoom lens is not […]

How High Should Your Camera Be When Shooting Real Estate Interiors?

June 14th, 2016

Ken asked the following question: What heights do you set your tripod/monopod at? Do you shoot kitchens and bath lower or higher ? Do you shoot from an average height – 5′? or do you shoot higher ? Do you change shooting heights thru out the property ?  What is a comfortable height for the […]

What Can I do To Improve The Quality Of My Interior Images?

April 11th, 2016

This is a follow on post from yesterday. It turns out that Annette in Pennsylvania already has some of the best real estate shooting gear you can get (Canon 6D with Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L II). So her real question was , “what can I do to improve the quality of interior images?” My answer to […]

Should We Be Shooting More In Portrait Mode Since Mobile Devices Are Used So Widely?

August 6th, 2015

Billy posed the following question recently: With there being so much mobile traffic now a days and their native resolutions being in a portrait/vertical orientation vs landscape – have you or any other photographers considered framing more shots in this manner? I’ve yet to run across a real estate specific website that will auto scale […]

How Do You Learn Composition For Interior Photography?

January 20th, 2015

A while ago Sandy raise an excellent question: Are there any books out there that would be beneficial to learning composition techniques for RE photography? I think I could use a little help with the basics. My initial answer was no, I know of no books that talk specifically about interior photographic composition, and recommended […]

Checkout Scott Hargis’s Comments On The September Photo Contest Entries

September 17th, 2014

I always enjoy reading Scott’s comments on the PFRE photographer of the month contest entries. He doesn’t always have time to do it, but he did this month and just spent several hours this afternoon commenting on over half of the September contest entries. It is well worth your time to read Scott’s analysis and thinking […]

Your Job As An Interiors Photographer Is To Show How The Room Feels More Than How It Looks

March 24th, 2014

Last night I was looking at all the PFRE Photographer Of The Month contest entries that were awarded points by the jury. It occurred to me that all of these 17 entries had for the most part managed to get rid of all the classic interior shot distracting effects like wide angle abuse, lens distortion, […]

What Does Quality Real Estate/Interior Photography Look Like?

February 26th, 2014

It occurred to me that if you look at the compilation of photos that have won the PFRE monthly photo contest there are some important lessons to be learned. The reason this compilation of photos is important is because they are by some of the best interior photographers and they are carefully judged and selected […]

The Importance Of Composition In Real Estate Photography

November 20th, 2013

This is a tutorial that Scott and Malia did a couple of years ago. I’ve none a post on it before, but composition is a super important subject in real estate photography and this tutorial is worth watching again if you’ve already seen it. The most important question you need to ask yourself with each […]

Using Wideangle Focal Lengths With Restraint For Interior Photography

September 8th, 2013

Simon Maxwell, our man in London, just finished a nice tutorial on using your ultra wide angle lens with restraint. A wide angle lens is essential for shooting real estate, but an ultra wide angle lenses can be abused. When I first got my first real wide angle lens (a Canon 16-35mm on a Canon […]

Compositional Lines In Real Estate Photography

November 7th, 2012

Shane Law from the Sydney, AU area has written an interesting post on his blog on the subject of compositional lines. Shane’s post reminds me of the wonderful lectures my art history professor at University of Oregon used to give. She would discuss how the famous artists intended to have the viewers eye move through […]

Real Estate Photography vs Interior Photography

September 18th, 2012

Shane Law of Sydney sent me a link to a post he did recently on the difference between real estate photography and Interior Photography. Shane shoots both real estate photography and interior photography so he probably thinks about this more than most of us. This distinction between real estate photography and interior photography may seem […]

Composition For Interiors Tutorial By Scott Hargis

August 15th, 2011

Scott Hargis posted a great tutorial on his blog today on composition for interiors. Malia Campbell shot the video for the tutorial. I think this is a clever way to talk about and illustrate photo composition. Malia frames the shot with video that Scott is talking about while Scott walks around in the video pointing […]

Composition In Real Estate Photography

June 28th, 2009

Photographic composition is a slippery subject. On the one hand, some like to codify it with a list of rules that if followed will lead to success. On the other hand, some say, “there are no rules, you know it when you see it.” I think this latter point of view comes from the fact […]