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The Importance of Composition in Real Estate Photography

December 3rd, 2018

This is a tutorial that Scott and Malia did a number of years ago. I’ve done posts on it before, but image composition is an important subject in real estate photography and this is a great discussion of the subject. The most important question you need to ask yourself with each photo is what is the story […]

Avoiding Unnecessary Shots

October 25th, 2018

Dave in Perth, Australia sent me this article on Avoiding Real Estate Photo Blunders. He said: The paragraph entitled “Unnecessary Shots” piqued my interest. The paragraph is as follows: Unnecessary Shots A close-up of the water heater, a snapshot of a ceiling fan, or a picture of the garage corner…photos like these are typically wasteful […]

Shooting Lifestyle Interior Images with People in Them

October 7th, 2018

Joshua in Australia said: I’m looking at an opportunity to expand my work from standard real estate shoots to more lifestyle based images. Ones that include models in different parts of the home. My shooting method is flash-ambient blending. I’m a bit uncertain as to where a model would fit into that process. I don’t […]

Compositing: Is It the Future of Great Real Estate Photography?

June 10th, 2018

?Ray in North Carolina says: I recently viewed a YouTube video where the photographer stated unequivocally that compositing is the now and future for producing great RE photography. I am an avid off-camera lighting shooter and he is right that the process can be cumbersome; not always producing the best possible photo. What are your […]

You Can Shoot Real Estate with Only a 24mm Lens!

June 6th, 2018

Dave in Gig Harbor, WA (just south of Seattle) says: Here’s a 750 sq ft home I shot with a 24mm. If this doesn’t prove that all those zoom-wide lens aren’t needed I give up. I literally never go any wider than 24mm these days (often 50mm). The 24mm TS-e hasn’t been off my camera […]

Why Is One-Point Perspective so Popular in Swedish Real Estate Photography?

May 7th, 2018

Fredrik in Sweden asks: This past year, I have seen quite a lot of real estate pictures being shot “straight on,” with nothing but straight (or rather, as straight as they could get them aligned) lines. Is this some sort of new phase? Or why are they repeatedly doing this in the majority of the […]

Three Wall or Two Wall Composition?

September 3rd, 2017

As you shoot interiors it’s important to think about composition and how your decisions about where to shoot from affect the end result. One of these composition decisions is whether to use 2 or 3 wall composition. The two shots of the same room to the right are an example. Here are some key differences […]

What To Do about All the Agents That Want Photos Shot UFWA?

January 19th, 2017

Adam in Atlanta asks: I’m getting killed in my area with an increasingly annoying problem. I tend to shoot properties towards what I call the ‘reasonable’ end of the wide-angle focal range. I use both 25mm and 17mm TSE’s, but the 17mm rarely makes it out of the case. I try to make the 24mm […]

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 […]