Five Tips For Real Estate Photography - Let There Be Light!

Five Tips For Real Estate Photography - Let There Be Light!

Real Estate Photography With John McLenaghan Orlando Florida

Wide-Angle Lenses

Include more in your frame by using a wide-angle lens

The FIELD OF VIEW is the part of the scene that’s visible through your camera. As your focal length gets lower (70mm → 50mm → 35mm → 24mm) your field of view gets LARGER. You can include more of the scene in your shot.

There’s More!

Wide-angle lenses can be helpful when you’re photographing small rooms. Use them in tight, tricky spaces and get some more wiggle room.


The less available light, the darker your photo will be. You can counter this by opening your shutter longer!

Slower SHUTTER SPEED (S or T mode) → Let more light in!

The catch is that with slower shutter speed comes more motion blur.  You can’t help but shake your camera when holding it with your hands.  This is OK for fast shutter speeds (example - portraits or sports shots).  However, with slow speeds, you need to think about this.

Put your camera on a tripod, stabilize things, AND get the shutter speed you need.

Find All Of The Light Sources

“These need to be brighter” is the most common phrase you will hear from agents when they look at your real estate images. This is considered by some professional real estate photographers as a golden rule.

Make them bright!

Be sure to discover all of your lighting options before you start shooting. This could mean opening all the curtains, turning up all the light dimmers, using flash, and more. 

Brighter is always better in real estate photography. Figure out all of the light sources that are available to you and make use of them!

Magic Hour

The magic hour (or golden hour) in photography is the last hour of light before sunset. You can avoid mid-day harsh light and overexposed highlights because the light is softer and diffused. 

Golden hour light is not pouring down on your scene like the midday light. It’s more directional and allows for flattering highlights and details.

Take A Lot Of Images

The more you have to choose from, the better. If your client needs 24 images that cover the interior of the house, take four times that many and choose the sharpest and better-composed shots.

You can increase the “happy accidents” this way! Sometimes the best photos from a shoot are the ones where you didn’t mean to catch something special, but you did.

Keep in mind your “workflow”, and don’t overdo it!  You probably have a set amount of time to get the job done.  Have a checklist and stay on top of things.

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