I was fiddling around on the internet a couple of days ago, searching for all things real estate photography and I stumbled across an article in which the author described what she believed to be the top-10 common mistakes made in our line of work. After going through it, I thought it would make for an interesting post in a couple of ways.
First, if you’re relatively new to real estate photography, I thought it might be helpful to go through the list to see if you’re committing one or more of the identified errors. For the more experienced shooters, I thought it would be interesting to get your thoughts on the list from a number of different perspectives. For instance: Do you agree with the top-10? Are they in the right order? If not, what would you change? Are there other mistakes that are not on the list that you think should be? And of course, please make any other comments that you think would add value to the thread.
Anyway, here is the condensed list:
10. Closing the blinds or curtains
9. Not educating your client on how to prepare a space for photography
8. Crooked lines (i.e., verticals and horizontals not being straight)
7. Not addressing varying light temperatures--either onsite or in post-processing
6. Not having terms of service
5. Not using a shot-list to remember taking interesting shots beyond the standard captures of key spaces
4. Inefficient editing workflow (e.g., not using pre-sets, batch-editing processes, taking too long editing each photo, etc.)
3. Shooting ultra-wide all the time (i.e., always shooting at 16mm on a full-frame camera or 10mm with an APS-C camera)
2. Pointing the flash directly into the room
1. Not listening to (or being aware of) your marketplace (i.e., not asking clients for feedback on our work, not examining the competition, not being fully aware of MLS requirements and any changes therein, etc.)
So... what do you think? I’m eagerly looking forward to seeing what everyone has to say!
Tony Colangelo is a residential and commercial photographer, as well as a photography coach, based in Victoria, BC, Canada. He is a long-time contributor to PFRE and is the creator of The Art & Science of Great Composition tutorial series.