I’m excited by interesting properties. It’s why I love this job. While I have my favourite periods and styles, any home that provides excitement either through its architecture or through its interior design, wins my vote.
I have seen very many houses. The number of houses in which I have produced property photographs easily run into the thousands and I tend to remember the photographs of most of them. Tell me an address and I’m hopeless. But show me the pictures and chances are I’ll remember quite a lot about the place. I’m a visual person so it makes sense I remember pictures rather than words. The truth is I have to connect with a property before I can produce photographs of it. Sure I can take pictures of a house as soon as I walk through the door but they will be snaps because I won’t know why I’m taking the pictures and what I am trying to convey. I like to tell the story of the property, and it’s always easier to tell a strong story with substance behind it than have to try and make a story from something wishy-washy.
This contemporary conversion of, what was before, quite a run of the mill house had a strong story. Secret doorways, interesting furniture and strong, confident colours. It wasn’t hard to find things to point my camera at but I had to remember this house was for sale. I’m a great believer in not giving everything away online. You want the ability to still be able to delight and surprise anyone coming to view the property and so I had to be careful about what I chose to shoot, making sure that I showed enough to get people in. It’s one of the trickiest things to balance, and only experience will tell you what you need to show and what will convey better in real life than in a photograph.
This blog shows how a photo evolves using multiple flashes to light different parts of an interior.
First up we have the conservatory lit correctly. As there were plenty of windows behind and to the right of the camera (as well as a Perspex roof) the room needed very little flash due to all the natural light. As you can see, the rooms/areas beyond the conservatory are very dark due to hardly any natural light getting to them.
As professional property photographers we have many tricks and techniques that bring out the best in houses and make them look their finest for the estate agency market.
Here are a few trade secrets that help us achieve this –
Even the brightest house will need a little extra added light to create the best shot. Our aim is to create a natural looking photograph balancing the exterior sun light with the shaded interior light and we do this by using a number of flash lights.
Here you will find an example of how effective this is. The top image has no flash light and the bottom is lit with 3 strategically positioned flash lights.
A favourite shot from the last few months is this kitchen with bespoke, handmade units and part York stone flagged floor.
As you can see, this was the ideal angle to take a photo of the room from as it shows off the stone and red cedar wood flooring, as well as the staircase.
There was a bit of help in lighting this kitchen as, just out of shot, on the right hand side there was a window which let in some nice light. To give the natural light a helping hand, a flash was placed next to
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Night photography is great for getting your house to stand out from the crowd, particularly on portals like rightmove and zoopla where their unique nature can help to
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