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Jan 05, 2012 08:54 |  #4096

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The pictures are very clear, but I still have two coments. I like to see more flow how you get from room to another. That means you should use a wider part of your zoom. Buyers have not seen the interior and want to have an idea.
You should also concentrate more on the rooms and forget the furniture. To many realtors think taken pictures of interiors is taken pictures of furniture. Prospective buyers are more interested in a house and at the time escrow closes the home is empty.
I have more than 25 years real estate experience.

Thank you for your comments but could you show me an example from your own photography?

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Excellent pictures Joe!

Thank you Dave

todmac wrote in post #13650394 (external link)
Very nice shots Joe! and I'm not sure how you could have shown "how you get from room to another" anymore than you did in shots 3, 6 & 7 ... and I don't have any real estate experience ;)

Thank you todmac. I am not certain either and asked for an example picture.


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Jan 05, 2012 09:52 |  #4097

Hey Joe, your photos are great as they are. The composition is great! You captured each area with very good light and made sure the 'features' of the rooms where shown (wood floors, tile floors, etc). Shooting RE is NOT about wide shots that show multiple rooms, it is about capturing the features of the home and enticing online viewers to want to come see it. You did just that.

And that comment about the home being vacant when escrow closes...LOL....that is completely irrelevant when it comes to shooting RE. It is important to show how the furniture works in a room so that online viewers can visual the space better. This is why the best RE agents stage homes, because it helps to sell them. Go into any builder model home, is it vacant or does it have furniture? Enough said about that. LOL

You did a really nice job on these photos Joe! The only critique I would have is I would have liked to see a 'feature' photo from the kitchen. It looks like it has upgraded appliances/features, if it does, make sure you capture that. You may have one and just didn't show it, but I know I would like to see a close up of those things. Someone with taste will know the difference and it could be the very thing that gets them into the home. Even if the these things are standard for the neighborhood, it is still good to point it out to online viewers that are not familiar with the neighborhood.

My favorite shot is the one with the tile floor and the stairs. That is a cool shot!


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Jan 05, 2012 10:05 |  #4098

TGrundvig wrote in post #13650889 (external link)
Hey Joe, your photos are great as they are. The composition is great! You captured each area with very good light and made sure the 'features' of the rooms where shown (wood floors, tile floors, etc). Shooting RE is NOT about wide shots that show multiple rooms, it is about capturing the features of the home and enticing online viewers to want to come see it. You did just that.

And that comment about the home being vacant when escrow closes...LOL....that is completely irrelevant when it comes to shooting RE. It is important to show how the furniture works in a room so that online viewers can visual the space better. This is why the best RE agents stage homes, because it helps to sell them. Go into any builder model home, is it vacant or does it have furniture? Enough said about that. LOL

You did a really nice job on these photos Joe! The only critique I would have is I would have liked to see a 'feature' photo from the kitchen. It looks like it has upgraded appliances/features, if it does, make sure you capture that. You may have one and just didn't show it, but I know I would like to see a close up of those things. Someone with taste will know the difference and it could be the very thing that gets them into the home. Even if the these things are standard for the neighborhood, it is still good to point it out to online viewers that are not familiar with the neighborhood.

My favorite shot is the one with the tile floor and the stairs. That is a cool shot!

Thank you for your kind remarks. Point made, I should get more of the features in my photographs and unfortunately, I did not. But I will add it to the next shoots I get. I think it will be an added bonus when my agents see those.


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Jan 05, 2012 10:13 |  #4099

Nice shots Joe. My only technical nitpick is that a couple of them show quite a bit of barrel distortion, though this is easily fixed in post, but that is one of those things that is going to separate you from the cheap crowd. get all the lines arrow-straight at all times.


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Jan 05, 2012 10:18 |  #4100

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Nice shots Joe. My only technical nitpick is that a couple of them show quite a bit of barrel distortion, though this is easily fixed in post, but that is one of those things that is going to separate you from the cheap crowd. get all the lines arrow-straight at all times.

Thank you for your constructive criticism, I'll work on that for my next shoot and post the results here.


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Jan 05, 2012 12:07 as a reply to  @ post 13650394 |  #4101

Hey Joe, nice photos - I like that staircase!

The composition/perspectiv​e of your photos is great. I really appreciate the fact that most of your shots are representative of the view an occupant might have while actually using the room (or in the case of Photo #1, while approaching the property).

To my eye, real estate photos fall into distinct groups. One group might be the photos that portray an "inventory" (clearly show room sizes, bathroom fixtures, cabinet space, dining room seating, exterior amenities, siting, etc.) and another group might show the "mood" of the property (architectural details including colors, patterns and textures, landscaping themes, etc.) but the category of photos I like best are the ones that convey the feeling of living in the house (or working in or patronizing the commercial space). I'm probably pickier than most viewers but I don't like to see the groups intermingled. For example,it's a bit unsettling to see the morning view from bed immediately followed by an elevated fisheye view of the master bathroom. (Possibly because it reminds me of those mornings when I feel pretty good until I stand up and remember the last night's party.)

Even though it's exactly the opposite of a linear approach to evaluating a property, I like marketing publications (brochures, websites, etc.) that present the groups in a bass-ackwards order, i.e. mood photos first, "immersion" photos next, and then the images showing the inventory. Follows from the old axiom about selling the steak by marketing the sizzle.


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That's what I would call over-sized matting!!! I would never, in a million years, think of going that drastic but now that I've seen it, I like it.

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Ahahaha...I have a 30x40 frame..and a 4x6 photo...improvise!

Also, I have a shoot this weekend with a really small house, like <750 sq feet, this is going to be interesting


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Jan 05, 2012 12:36 |  #4104

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Also, I have a shoot this weekend with a really small house, like <750 sq feet, this is going to be interesting

Hope they have lots of mirrors! It's hard to take interior photos of a small house without having them look like photos of only a bed, a couch, a dining table, and a stove.

I just started reading this thread (and am only on page 28!). Has anyone posted tips for shooting in small spaces?


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Jan 05, 2012 12:41 |  #4105

Focus on details.


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thanks, I'm working with a 24-70 on a 5D but I'm thinking I might want to grab my friend's 17-55..24 is wide enough for decent sized houses but I think I'll feel a bit limited for this one.


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thanks, I'm working with a 24-70 on a 5D but I'm thinking I might want to grab my friend's 17-55..24 is wide enough for decent sized houses but I think I'll feel a bit limited for this one.

Can you use the 17-55mm on a 5D?


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oh..idk maybe not, never actually seen the lens before, never considered that it might not be EF-S..I suppose I could use it on my 1D and get 22mm..or wait, I forget if you can use those lenses on anything other than 1.6


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Jan 05, 2012 13:09 |  #4109

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oh..idk maybe not, never actually seen the lens before, never considered that it might not be EF-S..I suppose I could use it on my 1D and get 22mm..or wait, I forget if you can use those lenses on anything other than 1.6

The 17-55mm is an ef-s mount.

You cannot use it on full frame.


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Jan 05, 2012 13:12 |  #4110

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Hey Joe, nice photos - I like that staircase!

The composition/perspectiv​e of your photos is great. I really appreciate the fact that most of your shots are representative of the view an occupant might have while actually using the room (or in the case of Photo #1, while approaching the property).

To my eye, real estate photos fall into distinct groups. One group might be the photos that portray an "inventory" (clearly show room sizes, bathroom fixtures, cabinet space, dining room seating, exterior amenities, siting, etc.) and another group might show the "mood" of the property (architectural details including colors, patterns and textures, landscaping themes, etc.) but the category of photos I like best are the ones that convey the feeling of living in the house (or working in or patronizing the commercial space). I'm probably pickier than most viewers but I don't like to see the groups intermingled. For example,it's a bit unsettling to see the morning view from bed immediately followed by an elevated fisheye view of the master bathroom. (Possibly because it reminds me of those mornings when I feel pretty good until I stand up and remember the last night's party.)

Even though it's exactly the opposite of a linear approach to evaluating a property, I like marketing publications (brochures, websites, etc.) that present the groups in a bass-ackwards order, i.e. mood photos first, "immersion" photos next, and then the images showing the inventory. Follows from the old axiom about selling the steak by marketing the sizzle.

Thank you for adding your perspective of RE photography, it is very interesting indeed.

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That's what I would call over-sized matting!!! I would never, in a million years, think of going that drastic but now that I've seen it, I like it.

Well...they were a pretty artsy couple.


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