In the following series of posts, I am going to attempt to visually demonstrate the difference between real estate photographs taken with an amateur digital camera, and photographs taken and edited with professional photography equipment and techniques. To learn more about the key principles of Real Estate Photography visit my Photography for Real Estate information page.
Q: Why is it that you don’t see photographs of bathrooms in many online listings?
A: Bathrooms are very difficult to photograph as they are compact spaces, often with one small opening.
But, bathrooms are often make-or-break rooms for buyers making a decision about which home to purchase, so quality photos of bathrooms must feature in online listings!
An example: here is a common sized bathroom, measuring 4’10” x 7’10”, in a 3 bedroom home built in the 1940’s. Photographed with a good quality compact digital camera at the camera’s widest angle of view, this is what you will see:
The same bathroom photographed with a professional grade Super Wide Angle Lens will show you much more of the bathroom:
The bathroom photograph taken with the super wide angle lens is far more helpful to buyers! Buyers can see from the floor to ceiling and the full width of the room, allowing them to get a much better feel for the space. Key features are revealed including: light fixture; shower head, curtain rail, type of floor, towel bars and shelves.
In my experience photographing Real Estate, about 95% of photos need to be taken with a Super Wide Angle Lens in order to capture a room well. This makes wide angle lenses critical for Real Estate Photography, yet the majority of agents will take photographs of their listings with compact digital cameras, which don’t have the ability to shoot this wide.
Please note, purchasing a dSLR to take Real Estate Photos will not help you get better photos for buyers to see. The lens that comes in a kit with most dSLR’s will only allow you to shoot as wide as 18mm, which is close to the angle of view of the compact camera above, compared with the Super Wide Angle Lens that allows you to shoot at 11mm.
Homeowners & Real Estate Agents – Professional Real Estate Photography is affordable, with home shoots from only $129 (homes < 2000 sq. ft.), so why not present your home and your listings to buyesr looking their best?