Timothy in Indiana asks:
I am very new to the art of real estate photography and photography in general for that matter. At the moment I am just shooting some homes for realtor friends when I get the chance simply for the experience.
My question is how to handle empty homes. What are the do's and dont's of shooting an empty house when staging is not an option?
There is usually very little real estate photographers can do about empty homes. Top listing agents understand that staging empty homes is important but since good staging can cost $1000 and above, it's only going to make sense in some situations.
Another possible option is to check out virtual staging. Here is a recent post where we talked about virtual staging. You could outsource some images to a virtual staging provider if you don't feel up to doing virtual staging yourself and make it an extension of your services and pass on the expense to the client. Virtual staging is relatively expensive but it's not as expensive as real staging. Many agents would probably like to have a virtual staging option. The biggest downside of virtual staging is that when the potential home buyer gets to the property they can be disappointed, thinking, "this is not what I saw online!"