Better Use of Detachable Camera Flashes

Services for Real Estate Pros with Evers & Co.

This is my first blog so bare with me.

When one has a detachable flash most people would think to point it at the subject, but when shooting in a home that is not the best way. Have your flash facing up to the ceiling and then set it to about 60 degrees so that it faces a little to the front.  This bounces your flash off the ceiling onto the subject matter of the entire room creating a downward lighting. What this will do is stop the long shadows and diffuse the hot spots.

Really the only time to have the flash facing the room is for a very long room where the light needs to make the distance.


Comments (9)

Nancy Siau
The Lachicotte Company An Exclusive Affiliate of Christie's - Pawleys Island, SC
Selling Coastal SC

Interesting points about the detachable flash.  And you are just starting on your road to blogging mania...I look forward to your future posts.  Keep the tips coming!

May 29, 2008 08:40 AM
Catarina Bannier
Compass - Chevy Chase, DC
DC Real Estate The Smart And Fun Way

Hi Piers--

great point.  We see so many terrible pictures on the MLS, and light is often the problem--either it's too dark and blurry (when the flash is turned off manually), or you have the harsh contrasts and shadows of those direct flash pictures.  I wonder if you can get a detachable flash for the little compact pocket cameras so many of us use?

Anyway, welcome to the Rain!  It would be cool if you could post some pictures to illustrate this (demonstration of bad/good use of flash for interior shots.

May 29, 2008 10:56 AM
Catarina Bannier
Compass - Chevy Chase, DC
DC Real Estate The Smart And Fun Way

If you join some of the photography goups here, you can post it, there, too.  Also, there is a photographers group for more knowledgable company.  ;-)

May 29, 2008 11:04 AM
Piers Lamb
Evers & Co. - Friendship Heights, DC

Most little cameras, like the Cannon Elf and so on can not shoot the flash up and they do not have a strong enough flash to shoot an average room well.

May 29, 2008 02:01 PM
Craig W. Barrett
RE/MAX 100 - Hughesville, MD
Hughesville MD Real Estate

Welcome Piers!

Very interesting information about the flash. I've done fairly well with my camera, but I need to upgrade. I've got the little compact camera Catarina mentioned. Do you have any recommendations under $650?

May 30, 2008 12:50 PM
Sharon Simms
Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International - Saint Petersburg, FL

Welcome, Piers. Any friend of Pat's is a friend of mine.

I'm not a pro with a detachable flash, but look forward to your additional comments for we non-professionals. Glad Pat has you as a resource in her office.

May 30, 2008 01:43 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Hey you!  Happy blogging!

May 30, 2008 01:51 PM
Ted Baker
Carmody and Associates LLC - Winter Haven, FL

Welcome to active Rain, Piers. 

May I suggest that the easiest way to navigate is with the Group structure.  Posting your content to particular groups puts it in front of people with specific interests - and you will find posts by others that address your interests as well.  There are almost 4.000 groups.  I would recommend you take a look at "Photography" and "Photoshop Elements for Real Estate".  Your comments will be particularly welcome there.  There are others on marketing, branding, etc that may fall in your areas of expertise.


May 31, 2008 09:11 PM
Camera Ideas

I am a Cannon guy, so I follow the way of the Cannon cameras. What I would do is buy a used Canon EOS. Your camera does not have to be up to date for real estate. On my camera, when shooting homes, I never go over my lowest setting and that is more then I need. Meaning you do not need the newest, greatest, just a digital SLR. Then spend the money on a good wide angle zoom lens, in the range of 17-40 +/-. This is the lens I use 99% of the time on homes. Good balance for - shooting the exterior having a zoom, while getting a good wide angle with no fish eye for the interior.  Get one that you can mount a flash on for better lighting.

Jun 02, 2008 02:10 AM