American Dream purchases professional photography for every listing, at no cost to you!
While cellphone cameras are pretty good, they do not come close to the quality of a professional camera ran by a professional photographer and editor. Your house deserves better than cellphone snaps!! Make sure your agent hires professionals for you, or better yet, PAYS for them, like American Dream!!
In today’s world, it’s wise to invest in professional photography to serve as the foundation of your property marketing, rather than selecting the DIY approach with smartphone cameras. Professional photographers, REALTORS®, and even clients with a discerning eye can easily distinguish a professional photograph from a phone one. To illustrate this difference, we’re providing you with an outline of key differences between professional HDR photos vs. smartphone photos and visual examples. Read on below!
1. LENSES AND ACCESSORIES
Professional photography gear allows you to swap various lenses to achieve the exact composition you require. Different lenses are required for portraits, landscape images, macro shots, and yes – real estate properties. A true professional knows that it’s best to use a lens that will capture the subject matter in a way that will entice prospective buyers to visit the property. For smartphones, lens options are limited as they are clip-ons, and most images taken on smartphones are shot with the camera that’s already built in. Phones are also not set up to fit with the essential accessories professionals use day-to-day – tripods, settings and filters, for instance – and anyone who has tried to take phone pictures in poor light knows that results are often lackluster.
2. PROFESSIONAL EDITING CAPABILITIES
Professional cameras capture images in larger files sizes. Larger file sizes are far more convenient for the editing process since there are more pixels per square inch. Trying to edit a smartphone photograph in professional editing software often results in a disastrous final product that lacks clarity. Professional photographers have the tools and knowledge to shoot in RAW format, which means that an image is full of information regarding the scene’s colors and tones. This information makes it much easier for a media professional to make final touches to the photograph without reducing its quality.
3. HIGH RESOLUTION PRINT QUALITY AVAILABLE
The majority of the real estate business can be conducted digitally – and thank goodness for that! Meetings can be held through Zoom, contracts can be sent via email, and homes can be toured from anywhere with the power of 3D virtual tours. That being said, there’s something very real and tangible about print brochures and feature sheets. When prospective buyers visit a property, it’s always a good idea to leave them with something they can hold on to that outlines the special features of a home, which require professionally shot photographs that translate well on print material. Unfortunately, phone images lack the resolution to display well on print, unless you’re fine with pixelated, blurry images.
4. COLOR AND TONE ACCURACY
Have you ever taken a photo with your smartphone and thought the colors looked nothing like those in front of you? Maybe it was way too orange or a bit too blue. Professional photographers understand that lighting sources can vary. Even “white” light sources can be warmer or cooler depending on the material. This is referred to as the “temperature” of lighting. In the Smartphone example below, you can see that the kitchen cabinets look yellowish and dingy, thanks to the surrounding warm light source in the kitchen, even though the cabinets are actually bright and white. Thanks to post-processing softwares and white balancing tools, not to mention professional camera gear, temperatures in real estate photos can be corrected and look more like the Professional example below. No matter what light sources are available within a property, your professional property photographer should be able to display the much more accurate color of cabinets, floors, and walls of space.
5. EXPOSURE ISSUES
“Crushed shadows” and “blown highlights” are both common exposure problems in real estate photography. They’re two sides of the same coin. When you crush your shadows, you underexpose your image so much that there are large areas of pure black in your image. When your highlights are blown out, your image is overexposed so much that there are large areas of white in the image. In either case, you’re losing valuable detail, like street views from windows or property features in darker basements. Unfortunately, you cannot recover these details in post-production so the camera gear itself is key here. When you shoot with a smartphone camera, there are limited exposure settings you can use to prevent exposure issues in the final image. In professional cameras, there are many more settings available including histograms, highlight alerts, filters, metering that a photographer can use to ensure that the optimum amount of detail is captured.
6. LINES AND COMPOSITION
As you can see in the numerous examples provided in this article, lines and composition make a huge difference in presenting a property. Real estate images should accurately display a property, while making a space feel expansive. The vertical lines in a space should be just that – vertical. When scanning a photo our eyes move from left to right, rather than up and down, so vertical lines work to lead a viewer’s eyes upwards, making a space feel taller. When we think of growth, we think of an upwards direction. Using vertical lines to lead the eye upwards emphasizes growth and expansiveness. Similarly, a property photograph should feel horizontally expansive, too. Using wide-angle lenses to capture an extra wall or even more features like doorways (as in the example above) work well to see a room in its entirety. Don’t be threatened though, about the accuracy of a space, this is much closer to what your eyes would see when in the space.
Again, American Dream purchases professional photography for every listing, at no cost to you!
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