Kelly in Georgia says:
Can we have a discussion about "detail" photos on real estate shoots? I've tried taking some before, and they either end up looking more like design shots or they just look silly and I never end up sending them to my client. If people are taking detail shots, what kind of things are they photographing?
Do clients typically want those kinds of shots or do they lean more towards just the overall room shots for real estate listings? I kind of feel like detail shots might backfire in some cases and call attention to things that potential buyers might not like. I recently had a seller complain to my realtor client that I didn't take any detail shots, specifically of the ceiling trim even though trim is clearly visible all over the house in the images, so it's made me wonder if I need to work on this issue.
Yes, detail shots are important in some cases. I have some direct home buyer experience with the effect of detail shots for marketing.
While my wife and I were looking for the home we are now living in, I didn't even want to go inside this home because it was painted pink on the exterior. However, my wife had taken the time to go through all the interior shots of the home where the listing agents had extensively photographed the details of the finish work (the composite above has 4 of their photos). The interior was done by a talented finish carpenter and it has magnificent molding and trim work. These detail shots enticed me to walk through the home and I was blown away by the interior of the home! We bought the home immediately and repainted the exterior. Not every home has details that need special presentation but some do.
Here are my suggested guidelines for detail shots: