If we point the camera flash directly into a space, we get a dreaded bright area in the centre. And then a quick drop to shadow around it.
Turn the flash so that it bounces off a wall behind you, the ceiling right above you, or even one of the side walls. This way you’re allowing that light to diffuse into the space and give a more even look.
I also recommend using your flash on manual mode. This gives you full control of its strength.
I use 1/16th power as a starting point and adjust from there. If you’re shooting towards bright windows, you may want to go as high as full power.
With no editing at all on either photo, you can see the difference when flash is introduced. Here, the flash was aimed at the ceiling to allow for some diffusion of the light.
7. Shoot Straight for Less Distortion
When shooting different angles, be sure to keep the camera straight. This will help avoid distortion that you’d later need to straighten in Lightroom.
You’ll notice that if you point the camera ever-so-slightly up or down, the vertical lines start to slant. They’ll distort in one direction or the other.
The ideal height for property photography will be at about 5 feet (152.5 cm).
Each home is a bit different. But this is the general height that will look the most natural and feel balanced.
If you go too high up, you start to see too much ceiling and not enough of the liveable area. If you go too low, you start to see too much of the furniture and not enough of the actual room.
This is one of the most important tips on how to shoot real estate photography.
How to Edit Real Estate Photography in Lightroom
8. Correct Distortion Using Lens Correction and Transform
Make sure to apply a lens correction and correct your verticals first. These two settings will make the photo look more polished.
You can find the Lens Correction module within the Detail Module. Check the box that says ‘Enable Profile Corrections’.
Make sure that the lens you used is the one that appears in the pull-down menu under Lens Profile.
Next, jump down to the Transform Module. Check the box that says ‘Constrain Crop’. Then click on the word ‘Auto’.
When you click Auto, you’ll see that box darken, meaning that it’s applied.
Be sure to double-check that it corrected all the lines. If not, you can use the sliders in that module to make adjustments manually.
Here, a before and after with step-by-step indications on how to correct.
Here’s the final photo from the before/after above!
9. Move Up to the Basic Adjustments
The main adjustments I make are lowering highlights, brightening up shadows, deepening blacks, and raising the clarity.
It will take a bit of time to develop your own style and workflow. So go ahead and experiment. Over time, you might just have the right Lightroom preset for every shot.
10. Correct Varying Light Temperatures
If you left lights on inside the rooms, you’ll have some yellow tones. These will look quite different from the bluer sunlight.
It’s always best to balance out these light temperatures as much as possible in Lightroom or Photoshop. That way the photo has a more polished and professional look.
The Adjustment Brush is ideal for this scenario! For the warmer light, select a brush and adjust the light temperature towards blue.
Do this until it looks neutral and blends to the surrounding area.
If using the Adjustment Brush, be sure to increase the brush size, feathering, and brush strength. This will allow for even softer blending.
Property photography or becoming a real estate photographer can be an excellent option for those enjoy photographing interiors.
The best thing is there’s always a need for real estate listings and shooting houses for sale in any part of the world.
With the real estate photography tips discussed above, you’ll be on your way to creating a full, consistent portfolio!
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