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How to Capture Professional Photos for Estate Agents in 5 Easy Steps

CEO Khai Intela
Are you looking to enhance your skills in property photography? While becoming a professional may take time, we're here to help you take better property photos with these simple tips. According to Rightmove, high-quality estate...

Are you looking to enhance your skills in property photography? While becoming a professional may take time, we're here to help you take better property photos with these simple tips. According to Rightmove, high-quality estate agent photos can attract up to 93% more leads, making it crucial to invest in professional photography or improve your own skills. Let's explore our ultimate guide to taking property photos like a pro.

Professional Property Photographer Captivating property photos that leave a lasting impression.

Pro Equipment

As the saying goes, "A workman is only as good as his tools." The same applies to property photography. It's essential to have the right equipment. Using a phone or compact camera won't yield the high-quality photos you desire. Invest in the following basic kit:

  1. DSLR Camera
  2. Wide Angle Lens
  3. Tripod
  4. Memory Card

Our top picks for all four items come in at under £1500, a small price to pay for exceptional property photography. A good wide-angle lens is critical as it allows you to capture a wider view of the space, showcasing the property's true potential.

Pro Planning

Before embarking on a property photography shoot, it's crucial to have a plan in place. Without a plan, you run the risk of not obtaining the shots you need. Here's what your plan should look like:

  1. Create a shot list and follow it.
  2. Allocate sufficient time for shooting, allowing 2 hours for a 3000 sq ft property and taking 2-3 pictures of each room.
  3. Aim to have around 15-25 usable photos for your initial listings.
  4. Ideally, choose less bright days for property shoots to minimize light-related issues.

Pro Preparation of the Property

To impress both your vendor and potential buyers, ensure the property is well-prepared for the photoshoot. Avoid cluttered, messy spaces that may deter buyers. Follow this checklist to ensure you've covered all the vital steps:

  • Remove cars, bins, and other rubbish from the front of the property.
  • Open all doors, curtains, and blinds.
  • Turn on all lights to create a welcoming atmosphere.
  • Minimize clutter and mess as much as possible.
  • Excuse any potentially photo-bombing pets.
  • Ensure toiletries in the bathroom are out of sight.
  • Turn off TVs and put toilet seats down.

Download our free Property Preparation Checklist to ensure you don't miss anything on the day. Additionally, implementing easy "on the day" interior styling tips can further enhance the visual appeal of your images.

Professional Property Photo - Remove Clutter Present a clean, clutter-free space to help potential buyers visualize themselves in the property.

Pro Shooting

When it's time to start taking pictures, ensure your camera settings are adjusted accordingly. Natural light impacts both indoor and outdoor photos, making the use of Auto settings unreliable. Refer to our Ultimate Guide for recommended settings for both exterior and interior photos.

Most Important Tips for Taking Your Photos

Follow these essential tips to capture stunning property photos:

  1. Always use a tripod to maintain stability and avoid shaky images.
  2. Capture photos in landscape mode and use a spirit level bubble to ensure a level camera.
  3. Position yourself in a corner to include three walls in the shot. In smaller rooms, try a doorway shot.
  4. Utilize a timer or remote to avoid your reflection and ensure clear images.
  5. Capture photos at the right height to avoid excessive floor or ceiling in the frame.
  6. When shooting interiors, turn on all lights and open blinds/curtains.
  7. Take 2-3 shots of each room to increase the chances of getting a usable image.

Tripod For Property Photography A tripod ensures the perfect height and stability for your property photography.

Pro Post Production

Professional photography or high-quality photos may require minimal post-production editing. However, as your photos are the primary visual representation for potential buyers, a basic edit is recommended. Enhancements can make your photos more appealing. In competitive listings or if the images need improvement, more complex edits may be necessary, including item removals, additions, virtual staging, or reflection removal.

Photo editing is a skill, even at its basic level. If you're proficient with software like Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom, you may choose to do the edits yourself. Alternatively, consider using a professional photo editing service like PropertyBox, which can perfect your photos and return them to you in as little as 4 hours.

By following these five simple steps to property photography, you can elevate the quality of your real estate photos. To delve deeper into mastering these techniques, click here. Remember, high-quality photos can make a world of difference in attracting the right buyers and closing deals successfully.