FAQ for shooting house-for-sale photos?

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by peter, Jul 16, 2003.

  1. peter

    peter Guest

    Is there an FAQ, a book, or articles for shooting house-for-sale photos (in
    USA)?
    I'm looking mainly for how to choose shots to best present the house
    (interior and exterior), dos and don'ts, and legality (e.g. how much digital
    manipulation is ok?)

    I found a little bit of info on the web, but not enough.
     
    peter, Jul 16, 2003
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    Paul Worden Guest

    I did this for a couple of years.

    I found a really wide angle lens (35mm equivalent 24mm lens) was very
    useful. It needs to be good quality, so you don't get barrell distortion (I
    used a Nikon 24mm a Series.)

    Digital manipulation will get you into trouble, (if you remove structural
    objects) because you're deceiving the prospective buyers. It would be
    acceptable to remove rubbish or stray interior objects, but not parts of the
    structure (like a rusty drainpipe.)

    The photo should be a true, but optimised, representation of the structure.
    No colour or structural changes - no disguising 500 Kva pylons in the back
    yard etc....

    With a wide angle lens, you can tuck yourself under a shrub and get foliage
    framing. Walk around the house once to find the most complimentary angle.

    Interiors are best shot with bounce flash. Switch on any inside lights to
    add sparkle.
     
    Paul Worden, Jul 17, 2003
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    Graham Guest

    I have friends who actually do have 500KV powerlines through their back
    yard (it's a very large block!) and you don't have to resort to trickery
    to take good photos around them. You keep the top of the view below the
    lines themselves and you avoid putting the towers in full view in the
    pic (easy in their case, since they're mid-span), and you can get some
    lovely photographs with no sign whatsoever of the powerlines which seem
    so dominant when you stand under them. Basically, you choose your views
    and focal lengths to avoid drawing attention to the offending features.
     
    Graham, Jul 20, 2003
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