Real-Estate Photography Tips For Realtors (Taking Your Own Pictures!)

As we all know, the pictures for a listing are one of the MOST important parts of marketing. But what about when you have a listing that’s far from luxury? These tips are going to be for realtors that want to take their own pictures to save money and/or maybe pick up a new hobby:


  1. Get a DSLR with a wide angle lense (10-18MM)

Ever looked at a real-estate photo and just thought “WOW. That looks amazing”. %90 percent of that look comes from a wide angled lens. One thing that you will quickly begin to learn in photography is the camera lens makes the biggest difference above all else. For around $300 you can pick up a Canon T3i and $200 you can get a wide angle lens. It may seem like a ton of money at first, but you can use that camera for Youtube, social media, etc.



2. Rule of thirds

If you’ve ever taken a photography class, the first thing they will teach you is the rule of 3rds.

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The rule of thirds basically states that you want the focus of your picture to be in the intersection of one of those little lines. So if you had a beautiful staircase, you would want the stairs to be somewhere in the intersection of those lines.


3. Lighting & Room

Generally, whenever you stage a home you want an OPEN feel with great lighting.

  • Open up all the drapes and windows
  • Declutter
  • Stand in the corner to get the widest shot possible
  • Invest in a lightbox if you want to spend some money

Westcott 3-Light D5 Daylight Softbox Kit with Carry Case

4. Editing pictures on the computer

Most people don’t want to spend $300 on photoshop presets, so the next best thing is to:

  • Increase the brightness
  • Clarity
  • Contrast

Try not to increase the contrast or clarity too much because you can get that weird cartoon look!

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