When it comes to taking the best real estate photos, everyone will want to tell you about lighting, angles, and staging. These are all great tips, but they are also missing one crucial thing.
You have a well lit and composed photo, but the home still looks more like a fun house. Why is this? Because you forgot to pay attention to the vertical lines.
When taking photos of architecture, you have to pay attention to the vertical lines. Otherwise, you
When Buildings Get Wonky
Some buildings are supposed to look like they are leaning. But this is not the norm.
Our brains are accustomed to seeing certain lines and shapes. This is because we see them on a daily basis.
So when we see a picture of a building that doesn’t have the normal proportions, it triggers our brains. Most of the time we can’t accurately identify why we don’t like the picture. We just know that something is off, and it’s not ok.
Step 1: Level the Camera
If you find that properties look like they are leaning, then it’s time to make some adjustments. The first step is to level the camera.
Your camera needs to be 100% level. You cannot achieve this by simply holding your camera. Professional photographers accomplish this by using a tripod.
A quality tripod will have a bubble level built in. This is vital to making sure the camera is level for every shot.
When the camera is level, the vertical lines in the frame will stay straight up and down. People will find the image more pleasing to look at now.
Step 2: Shoot Lower
Now that you have the camera level, it’s time to make sure you have the camera at the right height. You cannot shoot at eye level. So lower your camera to about waist height.
When you shoot from eye level, you end up with pictures that are skewed towards the ceiling. How many times have you heard people say they just had to have a house because they fell in love with the cieling? Never.
When the camera is at waist height or just above that, you lower the viewpoint. Now your camera can capture all of the important parts of the room.
Step 3: Use the Right Camera Lens
If you use the wrong camera lens, it doesn’t matter how you place the camera. Use a camera lens with the wrong focal length, and it will distort the vertical lines.
Use a lens that is 24-70 mm or 16-35 mm. A lens that is in the 24-70 mm lens is going to give you the least amount of distortion possible. It is the top choice for most professional photographers.
A 16-35 mm lens will give you a bit more distrotion, but it will also capture a wide space better. This makes it an ideal choice for real estate photography.
This wide capture area let’s you show as much of a room as possible. It’s also usefull when trying to show how two room adjoin.
Step 4: How to Tell You If You Messed It up
Take a look at the photos you’ve taken. Do the vertical lines seem to converge a bit towards the bottom of your image? This means that you have your camera pointed too high.
If the vertical lines in your photos look like they converge towards the top of the image, then you have your camera pointed too low.
One way to avoid both of these in the future is to adjsut your camera up and down slightly. Watch your vertical lines as you moe the camera.
You will see them “move” as the camera moves. Then you can pinpoint the ideal camera position for the least amount of distortion.
Keep in mind that the wider the lens, the more distortion there will be. So for the best real estate photos, keep your lens to the size we mentioned.
Step 5: Create the Best Real Estate Photos in Lightroom
With a quick and easy Google search you can find a preset that will automatically help you fix your photos upon import. Once you set up your preset, the program will automatically fix your images by correcting the lens distortion.
If you prefer, you can do it manually. When you do it this way, you’ll have to manually adjust the image using a set of grid lines that are placed over the image.
You will use the grid to adjust your image so that the vertical lines in your image line up with the mesh.
The best practice is to fix your images with the camera. But sometimes it doesn’t work out that way. If all else fails, you can fix the image in Photoshop. Just use the Skew tool to warp the image into being vertical again.
Hire the Best Real Estate Photographers
When it comes to shooting real estate, the best photographers will know about this vertical line trick. They will automatically adjust their camera to ensure your photos are the best real estate photos.
If your current photographer isn’t performing up to par, then it’s time to find a new photographer. After all, you are in the business of selling homes. Only the best pictures possible will help you do that.
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