A picture is worth a thousand words.
When you are trying to rent, or resell your space, whether a large bar or a small room, it is important that your prospective customers have a clear image of the area. This is because great portrayals not only draw attention, but also incite inner desires to own the product (in this case the space), and maximize willingness to pay. Hence, marvelous photos are the key to succeeding in the rental and resale business.
In this article, we introduce the fundamental advice on DIY site photo taking. Follow this simple instruction to take appealing pictures of your space, and be the most popular property owner!
1.Organize Your Space
When you are attending a formal event or going on a date, you tend to wear nice clothes and try to leave a good impression on others. This should be the same when you are taking photos of your site – take care of the scene setting.
Begin with cleaning up, because messy environments are never attractive. Then, decorate the corners you are going to take photos of. Give small props so that people are able to imagine living in it. Shiny or light-generating items are useful for creating atmosphere and adding richness to the space. Even more, think of your target audience when you do a photo shoot. For example, if you want to attract a tenant with kids, put toys in to help them imagine their life in the space.
2. Choose Your Light Source
One of the most important factors for any type of photography is lighting. Depending on which light source you use, the mood of your space can turn out in totally different ways. More importantly, without enough light, your photo will not be able to deliver all the necessary details about your space.
Above photos, although of slightly different angles, are indicating an obvious difference between good lighting and bad lighting. While you can even see the spots on the ceiling in the first one, it is impossible to recognize where the second photo was taken.
Then, what should be your light source? There are two main options: natural light and artificial light.
The biggest characteristic of natural light is its dispersion. As you all know, the sun is so far away from your space that it does not shine more on a spot and less on others. The light is evenly spread throughout your whole space. Therefore, you do not have to make an effort to brighten up your space or adjust the color in the editing process. Typically, early afternoon is the best time to take a photo with natural light.
On the other hand, you might be willing to use artificial light which includes ceiling lighting, lamps, and any other light sources that you’ve got. Depending on the specific mood or atmosphere you want to arouse, lamp lights or colored lights could be more effective. Because artificial lights are controllable, you can use and modify them according to your purpose, carrying out your intent completely.
3.Shoot Your Site
1) Night Scene Interior
One advantage of night scene interior photography is that it sheds light on specific objects and creates a mood. Instead of showing every aspect of your space, you can expose only what you want to.
Here are some tips for setting:
✔ Change the ISO on your camera to the maximum (or above 1600)
✔ Take note of light reading and exposure reading
✔ Use a tripod to make the camera stable during exposure
✔ Use a timer to avoid jostling the camera when you press the shutter
2) Day Scene Interior
When you are taking a photo of your space during the daytime, benefit from the natural light!
✔ Add supplementary light by using flash units or strobes
✔ “Stage” your scene: again, never forget to tidy up your space
✔ Shoot into the corner of a room to make the space look larger
✔ Capture unique aspects of your space (e.g. old brick, light patterns, etc.)
✔ If possible, use panorama mode on your camera (rather than to post-edit photos)
✔ Overlap 15% to 30% of the photos to make the connecting parts more natural
✔ Use a tripod to keep your camera on the same level
✔ Take the photo multiple times to grab more details; no need to stop after a single pass!
A 360-degrees photo is a great way to portray the interior of a hotel or a cabin, but it is hard to take a good one because if the exposure is correct, the details are blurred out and if there is not enough light, the atmosphere is not complete. Hence, in order to solve this problem, remember to use a multiple exposure technique. Also, take at least six photos – four on the horizontal side and three on the vertical side, one of each overlapping with one another. (Imagine a planar figure of a cube!)
You might want to take a video of your space, to provide an even better description of your space. When you are taking a video, you really need to make sure that the setting is perfect, because post-production of videos is much more time-consuming than that of photos. (For instance, you cannot simply delete an obtrusive object once you have taken a video.) Moreover, one video shows more than one photo. This can be both good and bad; you can be more detailed and informative, but might have to expose some defects of your space as well.
One mobile application you can use is FiLMiC, which is a high-definition video camera application. It provides variable speed zoom and aspect ratio overlays. Aspect ratio function should be particularly useful, because, in interior photography or videography, the structure, angles, and ratio largely influence the audiences’ perception. With this application, you can also control the focus, exposure, and white balance.
Finally, we have arrived at the very last part, which is editing! Post-processing gives you a chance to enhance your photos. Even if you made mistakes taking the pictures, the right software can help you bring a perfect result.
GIMP and Paint.NET are the two we recommend to you, because they are both free, accessible, and easy to use. Because this editing process will accompany a little bit of adjusting and a little bit of cropping at most, and because you will be editing your raw photos, such software will be able to do the job. Of course, if you know how to use Adobe Photoshop, you can use it.
Again, the most important thing about DIY site photo taking for rental and resale is attractiveness. Of course, you should not be a photo fraud by totally distorting or recreating the photo of your space. Nonetheless, you need to draw the buyers’ attention. Hence, try to make your space look beautiful, with some atmosphere. Hence, start taking photos right now, and find the best angle, best lighting, and best furniture disposition for your space to appear appealingly.
Dana, archiparti blog contributor
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