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So easy: Remove People and Moving Objects in your Real Estate Photos

Oliver M. Zielinski Oliver M. Zielinski - 16. Februar 2018 - in: English

Remove People and Moving Objects in your Real Estate PhotosIf you want to photograph the exterior of a property in a busy place, people will inevitably run into the picture. Rolling or floating vehicles are also part of the frame. But you want to remove people and objects, because that brings two problems.

  1. These objects may work against your intended static image statement (for example, „Facade of house xy“).
  2. The rights of privacy of people in the picture might be infringed.

You could stamp out these troublemakers piece by piece in post-production. But there is a much simplier solution on hand already while exposing the image. Earlier this month, I attended an architectural photography workshop in Venice and revived the old technique of long exposure under harsh conditions. Read here, how it works.
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Do Real Estate Photos need HDR?

Oliver M. Zielinski Oliver M. Zielinski - 31. Januar 2018 - in: English

Do Real Estate Photos need HDR?The success of real estate images depends on showing rich details. Bright window light or shadows often ruin them. For real estate photos HDR can help.

What is HDR?

The abbreviation HDR is familiar to most non-photographers from their smart phone. The photo app of modern devices has an HDR option, with which can make these details a little more visible within certain limits. HDR is the abbreviation of the technical term „High Dynamic Range“. The HDR method is also found under the name „Dynamic Range Increase“ (DRI). The dynamic range describes the light zones of an image between light and dark, in which details are visible.

Even modern UHD televisions with OLED technology (or QLED at Samsung) advertise with new high dynamic range vision.

Without HDR there is the following dilemma: If it is too light (almost white) or too dark (almost black), it becomes hard to recognize any details. For real estate photos, this is often the case: outdoor facilities shine in daylight, and indoors there are deep shadows.

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Important Accessory: Remote Control for Real Estate Photos

Oliver M. Zielinski Oliver M. Zielinski - 25. Januar 2018 - in: English

Fernauslöser für Immobilienfotos

A blurry image is a no-go for every real estate photo. Anyone who seriously takes photos of real estate should therefore use a remote control. In low light situations, like often found indoors, long time exposures are needed. To create clear images, the camera must always stand absolutely still when released. Even touching the release button by hand causes unwanted camera shake that can ruin a photo. Therefore, it makes sense to trigger the camera contact-free, even if it sits on a tripod.

Depending on the camera type, there are different accessories that help to create an image without touching the camera when shooting. With these little helpers, you can achieve a stunning improvement in image quality for a small price.

At the end of this post you will find some product recommendations for real estate photography.

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Which Focal Length do I need for Real Estate Photos?

Oliver M. Zielinski Oliver M. Zielinski - 6. November 2017 - in: English

Which Focal Range do I need for Real Estate Photos?

If you want to photograph an interior room format-filling, you often have to choose a large angle of view. This is provided by a wide-angle lens, recognizable by a small focal length value. However, such a strong wide-angle also has negative effects – photos give the illusion of larger space, images appear distorted and the image quality at the edges of the image may get poor.

  • So how far can you go?
  • Which focal length fits which camera?
  • Which lenses are recommended?

In my workshops on real estate photography, these questions always come up when it comes to the appropriate equipment. So I wrote down some basic ideas. At the end of the article I also give recommendations for lenses with a suitable focal length and good quality.

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Which Camera to Buy for Real Estate Photos?

Oliver M. Zielinski Oliver M. Zielinski - 24. Januar 2017 - in: English

Which Camera to Buy for Real Estate Photos?In this article real estate professionals will learn about key features when it comes to buy a camera, and they’ll get some recommendation for matching camera models for real estate photography purposes.

Realtors who shoot their own photos are faced with the challenge of finding the right camera for this task. The market overview is unclear, manufacturers do not confess any weakness in their advertising promises (what else? ;-) ), and there is a constant stream of new cameras with new functions.

In addition to this the equipment should be portable and powerful at the same time.

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