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Planning for a DIY Real Estate Photography

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If you are one of those people who are not blessed with real estate photography skills, this article is perfect for you! Photography itself is hard already, but real estate photography is different. Taking your listing photos is risky, but here are the seven useful tips if you are planning for your next real estate photography:

Less is more 

Avoid showing too much if you think that the flooring or the ceiling is not visually appealing. Instead, focus on the individual spaces. Keep in mind that real estate photography’s goal is not to capture the entirety of the house but to get buyers into the home

Make time for the Shoot 

Framing your shots properly requires a lot of time, especially cleaning the clutter. To have awesome listing pictures, you must dedicate a couple of hours of your day to the shoot. Spending only a few minutes will do you no good, and it would only result in a rushed output – which is often bad and low quality. Framing your shots properly requires a lot of time; remember, it is always better to be safe than sorry. 

Shots of Home in Different Seasons 

Buyers often want a house that they can create many beautiful memories in. Aside from the aesthetic, it brings, real estate pictures in different seasons can be a great start for telling your home’s story. Find a picture of your home during the winter and the breath-taking red maple in the fall. 

Hire an Editor for your Photos

The real challenge of real estate photography does not end during the shoot. The post-production of these pictures can either make or break the entire listing. Hire a freelancer to edit your photographs through Lightroom and Photoshop for that extra oomph factor. 

Good lighting is everything 

Real estate photography lighting is fundamental if you are looking for high-level photos. Good lighting can easily create magazine-like quality images without requiring complicated settings or expensive gear. Use natural light as much as possible and use the following – best hours of the day (golden hour), open all the blinds and windows, and turn off every light in the room. 

Wide-angles is a must 

While good listing pictures rely on the photographer’s skills, sometimes, it all depends on the lenses they are using. Many professional photographers swear by the wide-angles. It helps open up the rooms and makes the room appear more spacious. 

Pay Attention to Details 

No matter how high quality your listing pictures are, if there is a small detail that can turn off a potential buyer, it would be a flop easily. So before clicking that shutter, make sure that there is no crumpled paper on the side, a crooked bedspread, or worse, an open dirty toilet. It is also important to avoid including any personal remnants of the owner in the frame, such as their family photos, pets, belongings, etc. 

Shooting a DIY Real Estate Photography can be a total mess, but with the right tips and the right tools, you are more than good to go! See that each frame will contain a beautiful piece of the house, but make sure that you will leave the viewers wanting for more. 

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