Tips on Real Estate Photography with Examples

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Here are some quick tips about Real Estate Photography that everyone should know before trying it for themselves.  Professional Photography is an art, and for most, it takes a long time to master.  After marketing Real Estate for over 4 years for Real Estate Professionals, my companies have first hand experience and knowledge that Great Photography always helps a listing sell... and usually sell for more.

Please take a moment and watch the following video, and incorporate some or all of what you are able to pick up from what we do and the tips that we've included.

Thanks and Happy Marketing!
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Real Estate Technology & Tools
Location:
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real estate photography
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Rainmaker
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Mary Douglas
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado
United Country Ponderosa Realty
Hi Nathan, Your photos are fantastic and prove that professional equipment (lighting) and good lenses make such a difference. I have been particularly frustrated trying to get the views outside the windows- mine just look like a big bright glaring white box on the wall. I do not understand how you do that!
September 28, 2010 06:24 PM
Rainmaker
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Nathan Strauch
Colorado Real Estate Photography & Video
Hot Shots Digital (HotShotPros.com)

Thanks Mary... you are too kind!  I completely understand your frustration on windows, and you're not alone.  I often have to train Professional Portrait Photographers that I hire to do this, and many of them have difficulty grasping the technique as well.

A Professional should be able to shoot through most windows at any time of day, however...  If you don't want to call us to do it for you...(lol)...  Try shooting the interior in the evening as soon as the sun is half way over the mountains.  At that time, the light should be balanced a little bit better and the exterior should shine through the windows in better detail.  This can be done with almost any standard camera.

September 28, 2010 06:44 PM
Rainmaker
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Mary Douglas
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado
United Country Ponderosa Realty
Nathan, Thank you! I just tried it and it works! The patio door didn't look like a nucler explosion had just occured :-) You never know, I might call on you if I am ever fortunate to get the right listing. I appreciate your very helpful tip, thank you.
September 28, 2010 08:31 PM
Rainmaker
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Nathan Strauch
Colorado Real Estate Photography & Video
Hot Shots Digital (HotShotPros.com)

Anything that I can do to help Mary!  We're all in this together, and I'm glad that it worked for you.  Feel free to ask me questions that you think I might know about, or call me for anything at all.

Happy shooting, and you are very welcome!

September 28, 2010 10:37 PM
Rainmaker
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Andrew Mooers
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
MOOERS REALTY
Liked your video, examples. Polishing up our photo shooting is a life long pursuit. Have a son in Colorado Springs at CC. You live in a beautiful state.
November 06, 2010 05:40 AM
Rainer
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Michele Williams
Remax

nice lighting on your photos

January 11, 2011 10:51 PM
Rainmaker
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Nathan Strauch
Colorado Real Estate Photography & Video
Hot Shots Digital (HotShotPros.com)

Thanks Michelle!

January 12, 2011 04:51 PM
Rainmaker
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Cathy Sarmento
Granite Real Estate "Cool Team"

I always enjoy learning tips from real pros.  You make it look so easy.  I think it is important for agents to realize their limitations.  Time and time again NAR tells us how important photos are and I'm embarrassed as a career professional to see tiny shots from phones and pictures of open toilets, stairways to heaven and view properties touted with no pictures of the view. 

Thanks for educating us.  It is a very important aspect of what we do.

March 01, 2011 05:18 PM
Rainmaker
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Nathan Strauch
Colorado Real Estate Photography & Video
Hot Shots Digital (HotShotPros.com)

Thank you Cathy!  It's always a pleasure to hear from professionals who understand what we do and we it's so important.  Thanks again, and I hope that this year brings you much success!

Nathan

March 07, 2011 09:45 AM
Rainer
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Justin Adams
Home2Market Real Estate Virtual Tours

I’ve created 7 great tips for real estate agents who are just starting out with photography – please have a look here:

http://www.home2market.com/us/photography-for-real-estate/

Best of luck – happy shooting!

Justin Adams (Real Estate Photographer)
http://www.home2market.com/justin-adams

August 23, 2011 04:12 PM
Rainer
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Dave Williamson
Gateway Funding

Nice article Nathan. I am still trying to take the perfect photos.

 

 

Dave Williamson

 

American Mortgage and Equity Consultants

www.davepwilliamson.com

September 12, 2011 10:22 AM
Rainmaker
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Nathan Strauch
Colorado Real Estate Photography & Video
Hot Shots Digital (HotShotPros.com)

Thanks Dave.  It's always difficult to take the perfect photo, and truth be told... there really is no such thing.  As with all Artistic works, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  I just hope that this helps point folks in the right direction.

 

 

Happy Shooting my friend!

NAthan

September 13, 2011 04:39 PM
Rainmaker
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Travis "the SOLD man" Parker; Associate Broker
email: Travis@theSOLDman.me / cell: 334-494-7846
Team Linda Simmons, Enterprise, AL 36330

EXCELLENT photo's. I especially love the angled shots. For the shots with good outside detail thru a window, do you do much HDR bracketing?

October 04, 2012 05:12 PM
Rainmaker
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Nathan Strauch
Colorado Real Estate Photography & Video
Hot Shots Digital (HotShotPros.com)

Thank you Travis.  This video is very old, and our equipment, software and well... even our photographers have been upgraded. (lol)  Anymore, we're doing about half of our architectural work with high dynamic range.  We really like the way it feels to the eye, and that there are never any harsh shadows coming off of fixtures or furniture in a scene.

There are many times when HDR isn't the right answer, but it is definately a good thing to have in your arsenal.

It should also be said that HDR can produce great results, but be careful as there are many out there who produce HDR in an extremely surreal or cartoon manner.  Equipment and software is great to have, however it's the artist that makes it yours.  In other words... anyone can swing a hammer, but few can build "My" home and use the tools the right way.

Have a great night!

October 04, 2012 05:23 PM
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