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Real Estate Photography


→ wear neutral colored clothes with patterns so that you are not obvious in any reflections → camera should be about 4' off the floor → make sure house is orderly - livable but lack of clutter → turn on all lights in house → when possible, use natural light - best if light outside is roughly the same as lighting inside → best lighting/color about 20 minutes before/after sunset , also good lighting if it is cloudy → set aperture about f/11 for best results in room shots → use bracketed exposure shots for best chance of getting single shot and also to use in HDR post processing (D100: pencil 11 AE, BKT AE, rotate til '3F 1.0' for 3 shots each 1 stop off) → use polarizing filter for daytime outdoor shots → use Photoshop File -> Automate -> Photomerge to put a few pictures shot down a line together panorama-style, especially useful for small spaces → use Photoshop Edit -> Transform -> Perspective or Warp to line up walls vertically, especially if using wide angle lens or if you merged multiple photos together → if sky is gray and you can't reshoot on a sunny day, in Photoshop, use magic wand to select sky, then click on styles window -> chiseled sky; then use paint bucket to fill → use Photomatix to create HDR photos


√ SLR camera √ wide angle lens - preferably 10mm or 12mm max √ polarizing filter √ tripod √ monopod to lift up to get 'aerial' shot of property √ 1000 watt soft box light √ up to 4 speedlights, Nikon SB-80DX recommended √ HDR software - Photomatix recommended

Pricing averages in San Diego (2013)

∞ up to 2000 ft² $150,  -> 3000 ft² $200 -> 4000 ft² $250 ∞ add virtual tour $50 ∞ add single page website incl custom domain name ($20+$10/mo), with realtor badge ∞ floor plan with links to photos

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