I am trying to buy a home right now, so we see all levels of photography (more often very poor). Here are some things I wish were available, and that really irritate me:
- Some sites offer "18 photos!", but there are many times repeats of the same (or nearly identical) views. OK, front of the house looks nice, but do you really need 5 shots of the front, taken 30 yards apart for each image?? Pick the best one or two, and move on. Ditto for some of the rooms or back yard. Shoot as many you need to tell the story of the home, but don't overkill.
- Often it is difficult to get a visual image of the floor plan. We try to piece together how the home is layed out from pictures with common furniture items showing in different views. I don't know why realtors don't make every effort to upload a reasonably good quality floor plan. The photographer could (with a little extra work/training) get a reasonable floor plan developed, and then place a numbered arrow on it corresponding to exatly on the floor plan's image where each photo was taken.
- Dark/light photos. This goes to lighting, and as a good photographer you will know how to fix this.
- Clutter everywhere. Leaves the impression that current residents didn't bother with routine chores, so how did they take the time to keep the house well maintained?
- Miscelaneous people in the pictures. Daughter draped over the couch with cookies and watching MTV (really . . . no kidding saw this on one realtor's site). Obvious problems here.
- TV on in the pictures. Mainly a distraction to the photo.
- Glare/reflections from flash, again as a good photographer you will know how to fix this.
- Some places with mirrors, it is difficult to not get the photographer in the mirror as the shot is taken. Distracting. Do some form of cloning, or take the shot with a tripod and delay timer.
- Every shot taken at eye-level. Experiment with waist-level camera placement. Makes the room appear better proportioned.
These are just some of my observations while searching for a home.
PS - Anyone know of a 2000 sq ft ranch home on 1-3 acres with workshop and in-ground pool near Macon Georgia?