At first, it might seem like an easy task to take photos of a house or building because it’s a subject that doesn’t move. While you might initially think that you can just stand in front of it and take a quick photo, there are more details that go into creating a strong photograph of a piece of architecture.
Knowing the basic fundamentals of architectural photography is key, and here are 4 tips to help you take clean and sharp images that can be used to showcase real estate.
Turn on the Lights
In general, homes and buildings are meant to look warm and inviting. One simple way to achieve this is by turning on the available lights in the space. If the lights are not very bright, this is okay - they are meant to provide ambience, not actually light your entire photo. If you do need additional light to brighten up dark shadows in the room, be sure to bring strobes or off-camera flashes to help even out the lighting in the space.
Also, if you plan on shooting the exterior of a house during sunset or dusk, have the lights on so they shine through the windows. This can immediately make your photo look more inviting and professional!
Prepare a Shot List
Photographing architecture takes time, especially if you need to shoot the interior and exterior. Don’t just plan to show up on the day of the shoot and quickly get the photos you need. Between wide shots, detail photos, and different perspectives of spaces, photographing one piece of real estate can take hours.
If you can, plan to visit the site ahead of time so you can walk through it and get an idea of what you want to shoot. Create a detailed list of the photos you want to take, along with the order you want to take them in. This way, when you show up for the photoshoot, you will be prepared and can maximize your time.
Use a Wide Angle Lens
Showing up to photograph an entire house with a 50mm lens is not going to cut it. You need a lens that is wide enough to capture small spaces in one main frame, such as a bathroom. If you don’t own a wide angle lens, consider renting something similar to a 16-35mm or 14mm lens. This will allow you to photograph small rooms and make them look more spacious.
Look for Different Angles
It’s easy to walk in a space and immediately shoot it the way you initially see it. While this might be a great photo to take, don’t stop there. Take time to fully walk around the space and look at it from different angles. Get down low to the ground or stand on a chair for different perspectives. Looking for unique angles can be a great way to have your images stand out from others!
Use these tips next time you take real estate photos. Also, remember that experimenting with different ideas great once you get your standard shots!