Property Photography - Top Tips for getting the best images

Property Photography - Top Tips for getting the best images

Much of my work is property photography. I work for estate agents in York, as well as directly for vendors selling with online agencies. I also do one off jobs for Air B and B's, guest houses and hotels. And I provide detailed floor plans.
My top tips for getting the best photographic images of your property to sell or rent:

  • Always have the camera on a tripod or monopod
  • Shoot in landscape format
  • Show all angles possible of each room from the corners
  • Show unique details of each property
  • Use a wide angle lens for the overall shots
  • Shoot from shoulder height (approx 5 feet)
  • Keep the verticals of the walls straight
  • Use flash bounced off the ceiling or a wall
  • Use an aperture of around f/11 to get a good depth of field
  • Use a monopod to get a high up exterior shot
  • Where possible, get an exterior shot when the sun is shining on to the property
  • Lights on or off? This is a tricky one... different photographers prefer one or the other and there are pros and cons for both. Personally, I prefer lights off, as when they are on it creates burnt out light patches on the ceiling and walls that can be distracting to the eye. If there is good natural light I would always leave lights off. Some would argue lights on give a warmer feel to the images....

And here are my top tips for vendors to get their property ready for photography to sell or rent:

  • Declutter as much as possible
  • Hide items away in cupboards
  • Kitchen surfaces cleared
  • Dress the property - fresh flowers are perfect
  • Personal photos away
  • Cars off the driveway
  • Toilet roll, towels and bath stuff away
  • Bins out of sight
  • Generally have the property looking it's absolute best for the shoot