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ISO and ambient lighting

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Sep 10, 2017 09:12 |  #1

I shoot "for sale" homes for a real estate company for them to post. I have my camera set on program (Canon 60D) and not too concern about professional quality, but it wouldn't hurt if I can achieve it. Generally, I shoot about 150 photos per home, depending on size. I'm still uncertain how to set the ISO to achieve a proper balance of lighting. Outside photos are usually OK but I have noticed some darker photos on occasion. Inside photos are the problem. Some rooms may be darker than others and if I use flash, I occasionally get white wash and if I don't use flash, the shutter speed is slow enough where my movement will cause blur. Basically, many photos are far from professional quality, but good enough to post.

How do I achieve the right balance and closer to pro quality?

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Sep 10, 2017 09:44 |  #2

In a word: tripod.

Trip the camera's shutter release with the camera's timer or a separate trigger. It's not the only solution, but in your situation I think it's the simplest. Set your ISO as low as possible, set your f-stop at a higher number for greater depth of field (5.6, 8, et seq.), and set your shutter speed as slow as necessary to achieve proper exposure. There are a number of techniques and choices that come into play, but they range from basic to advanced levels of understanding.

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Post edited 9 months ago by WaltA.
Sep 10, 2017 12:31 |  #3

Because of the differences in light inside the house vs outside, your best bet is HDR (High Dynamic Range)

Take 1/2 the exposures based on the outside lighting (assuming theres windows) and 1/2 exposed for the indoor light.

Some cameras do the work in camera - yours may require a little PP.

I think the latest version of DPP does HDR as well.

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