Improving Your Photography

Interior photography can be tricky sometimes and sometimes the photos don’t come out quite like you or the client hopes.  I myself have been noticing some problems with photos coming in for Tour Track jobs.  It seems that lately people photographing interiors of model homes and hotels have been framing their pictures in a way that shows quite a bit of the ceiling, too much ceiling really.  While showing the ceiling may seem to give the feeling of a larger room, if it cuts off the furniture as a result it should not be done.  It may seem natural to walk right in and point and shoot, but stop, take a look, adjust your camera and then really scrutinize what you see through the view finder.  If all else feels, take your shot, then re frame it and take another from a lower perspective or angled so more bed/furniture shows than ceiling. 

Remember, your photography and virtual tour client is expecting you to be the creative eye.  They get their rooms ready but they are not doing so with the knowledge of how a room will photograph, that is your job.  So take a look around, check each shot when you take it.  Are you showing up in a reflected mirror?  If you’re using your on-board flash don’t shoot directly at a surface that will reflect (I see this a lot with wooden furniture and plants)-in fact just turn off the flash and try shooting that show on a tripod with a low shutter speed instead (try bracketing and combining exposures).  Make sure your aperture is set small so the room is in good focus, there is nothing worse than having an sharply focused object in the foreground and everything else blurry.  Open your eyes, is there a garbage can that should be moved, pillows crooked, can furniture be rearranged to make the space seem larger and more appealing?  Ask yourself all of these each time you enter a new space.

I found this article online and it offers some good tips on how to best shoot your interiors. He has some great examples of images along with what is wrong with them and how they can be better.

Educating yourself on your trade is key.  In efforts to offer good feedback and advice to our virtual tour photographers, RTV has established a Photography Review Board (RTVPRB) consisting of a few reputable volunteer photographers from our system.  Now, when a client complains about a photo shoot, RTV uploads the images in question to a gallery of photos for the RTVPRB to go over and offer comments and tips.

It may seem easier just to send someone back out to try to fix their error or reassign it all together, but that does the photographer a disservice.  It takes away their opportunity to learn and grow in their art and it would be saying either, I don’t have the time to help you do better, or I don’t think you’re capable of doing better.  RTV wants to work with you to help you be the best you can be.  Because we believe in you and we know you are capable of doing amazing things.

Jacqueline Burke
Director of National Accounts
Virtual Tour Software & Hotel Photography
Toll Free 866-947-8687 ext 493
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