Exploring Technical Aspects Of Lighting In Real Estate Photography

 Exploring Technical Aspects Of Lighting In Real Estate Photography

Real estate photography is one of the few streams of photography that is left quite unexplored when it comes to intricate technicalities. As a professional in the field of real estate photography, I thought it might be useful for amateurs in the field to have a short guide to some of the technical aspects you encounter on a real estate photo shoot. Certain lighting techniques and equipment that will come in handy on the job are explained by me below.

Lighting Equipment And Techniques

When you enter a house or estate you’re about to photoshoot with your best camera like this top mirrorless camera, you often have to work with whatever the ambient light there is at that time of the day. A lot of times, you may encounter houses that are dimly lit. In such cases, you need to have your own set of lighting and camera equipment that you can use to get the kind of light in the room that you need.

I tend to pack a set of light modifiers with me. A personal set of attachments that give you the desired control over using flash and its effects is exactly what you want.

There are times when you need to soften shadows that are too sharp or diffuse the flash effect to reduce harsh highlighting. An umbrella reflector, along with a softbox is my equipment of choice then.

It is not uncommon for professional photographers to make use of pre-existing elements like barn doors, honeycombs or fireplaces to help divert and direct light to places where it’s needed.

When I need to tint the flashlight so that it better matches the lighting in the rest of the room, I use a Color Temperature Orange gel or a CTO.

If you’re carrying flood lights, it is found best to put them behind the lens; this way the light will bound off the back wall and ceiling. This is the easiest way to let the illumination flow and secure a natural effect using your lighting equipment.

Carry a few spare halogen bulbs in case those in the lamps or lights burn out; you do not want this affecting your photos.

The furniture is placed right in a house has its due importance. The way the furniture looks in the photographs of a house, can either make your day or ruin it.

Use the furniture to make the house seem larger; you can do this by creating bigger spaces that show off the square footage of the home.

Photographing real estate is a key part of the success of a realtor’s business. If you remember that you are selling a lifestyle along with the house, as you click and you will go far in your real estate photography career!

William Castro