The right lens, even more that the camera, can make a big difference in how your photos look.
This post was inspired by a post made by Kathy Nielsen, Georgia Interior Solutions a few days ago Home Staging Up Close and Personal. Her photos are always exceptional, in part due to her fabulous camera equipment (but mostly because she is such a talented stager).
I use a Nikon D40 with a 18-55 mm lens that came as part of a package. I have been really happy with the quality of home staging portfolio photos I am able to take with this set up. That is, until I saw the photos Kathy was able to take with her equipment. I have major photographic equipment envy. There is a cure, but it is very, very expensive:0))
So, I decided to do an experiment: I photographed a home I staged in Encino, CA with my usual camera and lens. Home Staging in Encino CA - What $4.5 Million Will Get You is the post if you would like to see more photos. The next day, I rented a Nikon 14-24 mm F2.8 lens (the cheapest I have seen this lens on-line is about $1,500!) from a local professional camera shop here in Pasadena. It cost me $35/day for the rental, and I used my D40 camera body.
The first photo is with my old lens (and yes, I have dropped this lens- and camera - a number of times, so this test might not be 100% accurate)
Here is the photo with the 14-24 mm lens (below)
The first photo looks pretty good until you see the second photo. In my mind, it is no contest. Neither photo was Photoshopped except to add the watermark. In the second photo, every part of the room is in sharp focus and the lighting is perfet without any Photoshop enhancements. The first photo was taken with a tripod, the second photo was taken without a tripod. Every photo I took with the rented lens (no tripod) was in focus and well lit with good color balance. Same camera body, different lenses.
I am by no means a real estate photography expert, just a home stager trying to get the best home staging photos I can to make my portfolio look as good as possible.
You can bet that my Christmas Wish List this year will include this wonderful lens. That means I am going to have to be a very good girl for the rest of the year!
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