Keep it simple - photographing a bathroom

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA

Photographing a bathroom has its challenges.  It's usually a small, tight space with no natural light.  With good preparation and post-editing techniques, a great bathroom photograph can be achieved.  Here is what I do when photographing a bathroom.

Photographing bathrooms in real estate

 

PHOTO GOALS

No matter if it's been updated or if it's a vintage bathroom, the goal is to showcase a crisp, clean bathroom.  To do this:

 

Set the Stage

1. Clean the bathroom.

2. Clear everything out of the bathroom except for a few towels.

3. Put the toilet seat and lid down.

 

Camera Work

1. Use to tripod to level the shot.

2. Shoot in landscape mode.

3. Use a wide-angle lens.

4. Use flash or HDR techniques to bring in as much light as possible.

5. Set the camera's white balance accordingly to highlight the whites of the porcelain fixtures.

 

Editing 

Use your editing software to:

1. Correct white-balance, lighting, brighten shadows, sharpen, etc.

2. Straighten the photos and correct the horizontal and vertical lines, especially if you are using a wide-angle lens that can make walls, for example, look bowed.  

3. Bracket photos (HDR) to brighten up the dark corners and even out the bright spots.

 

These are just a few of the tips I use when photographing probably one of the toughest rooms in a house - the bathroom.  (I took this photo this year for one of my listings in Olympia, WA.)

This is my entry into Dick Greenberg's 2017 ActiveRain Photography Contest.

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Francine Viola, Realtor
In Tune with your Real Estate Needs

 

Serving Buyers and Sellers in Olympia, Tumwater, Lacey and Thurston County, WA

Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Inc.  |  Olympia, WA

 

Cell:      (360) 359-0689

Email:  Francine.Viola@cbolympia.com

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These are all clear and smart things to think of and be sure to get when trying for that "perfect" bathroom photo. Thanks for sharing!

Oct 25, 2017 05:23 PM #1
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Hi Francine -- one of the most, if not the most, difficult room of a home to photograph -- great tips.  

Oct 25, 2017 10:12 PM #2
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Nina Hollander
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Great tips, Francine... I see many "messy" bathroom pictures in mls. I leave the photography to the professionals for my listings, but I do spend a lot of time with my clients helping them stage their bathrooms.

Oct 26, 2017 04:41 AM #3
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Once mastered, using HDR is a very useful technique, especially with backlit scenes.

Oct 26, 2017 08:36 AM #4
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Sandy Nelson
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Francine,

Very nice shot. Bathrooms are challenging to shoot with wide angle because of tile lines and protruding fixtures. This picture lines up perfectly.

Oct 26, 2017 08:44 AM #5
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Hi Francine - That's a very nice bathroom photo, and some great tips. Thanks for your contest entry!

Oct 26, 2017 02:56 PM #6
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Good information, Francie. Bathrooms do present a lot of challenges. 

Oct 26, 2017 05:54 PM #7
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Nice tips, Francine, and a great bathroom shot.

Oct 26, 2017 06:38 PM #8
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Wow, you know your stuff when  it comes to photography! And yes, always put the toilet set down

Oct 26, 2017 07:22 PM #9
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Mirrors are always the bane of my bathroom shots, and a pain to touch up.

Yours is a good lookin' shot.

Oct 27, 2017 07:06 AM #10
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You achieved your goal with this one.  Bathrooms can be so tricky but you did this one justice.

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Hi Francine- bathrooms really are tricky to photograph, especially keeping yourself out of the mirror. You did a beautiful job with this one, and good entry for Dick's contest. 

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A great shot!  I have to agree; the bathroom is one of the most difficult shots in the house.  Thanks for the great suggestions.

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Dear Francine,

Not sure why so many people take pictures with open toilet lids.

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Crisp and clean the way bathrooms should look - well done!

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Bathrooms are the hardest room to photograph along with small bedrooms and laundry rooms. Your instructions are very helpful to those who want to improve their skills.

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Those are all great tips! Thank you, so much!

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