Yesterday I did my first real estate shoot of the year, and honestly it’s been quite a while since I’ve done one of these. Before going into the shoot I did a little bit of research on lighting for real estate, along with blending multiple exposures in Photoshop. In the past I’ve never even taken lighting with me. I started out with a Canon 60D with a 50mm lens (oh my god!), which obviously yielded terrible results because a wide angle lens is pretty critical for capturing good interior shots. Eventually I got to the point where I started incorporating HDR into my real estate shoots, along with a full frame camera and a wide angle lens. But man, I am still learning.
At the shoot I played around with some on camera flash, but not as much as I had hoped. I brought an extra Canon Speedlite, along with some Pocket Wizards and couple light stands with me, but I didn’t end up using them. For about half of the photos I resorted back to using HDR, but whereas in the past I would combine five images, this time around I only combined 2-3 depending on the shot in hopes of the image not looking cartoonish, which is what HDR sometimes looks like to me. For some of these I combined ambient light with a flash shot, which worked alright I guess. These still aren’t as good as I’d like them to be, but they’re usable. I need to practice more, I need to build my confidence.
In the future I’d like to practice more with lighting and blending multiple exposures in Photoshop. Also, as simple as it seems, I think I need a tripod that is easier to move around. I was able to fix a lot of my lines in post, but they’re not as spot on as I would like to see them. They’re definitely better than what the client had before, I just hope it helps the house sell. Here are 10/22 photos I submitted.