Now that I’m in between contracts and have some spare time, I’ve been able to start a new venture – real estate photography. I gave my real estate agent a call (he is a good friend of the family) and I asked him if he needed my services. Thankfully, he was willing to give me a chance and I have photographed 2 houses for him to date.
Real estate photography has it’s challenges. The biggest challenge for me is getting the correct lighting. On a sunny day, the glare from windows is a nightmare. After researching online and trying different techniques, I’ve learned to close shutters and turn on the lights to try to combat the glare. Another challenge is to make a small space look bigger, but that is taken care of with my Ultra Wide Angle lens, the Sigma 10-20, the only lens I use for real estate photography.
Yesterday I took pictures for a house that is currently for sale, it was the second house I photographed for my agent. It took about 1.5-2 hours to take the pictures of the house, and about 3 hours to edit, resize and upload 21 pictures to my site (www.rsls.ca). All together about 5 hours of work, a bit more than I thought it was going to take. I edited the pictures with the BETA version of Lightroom 4, which I’m still getting used to. The software is solid, and for a photographer it’s a must.
I think with a few more jobs, I should be able to get a good routine down and dramatically decrease the total time of work I spend on these jobs. Here are some pictures from the house I photographed.
Let me a comment if you have any questions/suggestions.