As a young entrepreneur we were always taught about the saying “firsts impressions last” and when people see you the first thing they will see are the pair of shoes your wearing so you must wear good looking shoes, which also boils down to the impression that you will be leaving to each and every person the first time they see you.
In the real estate world, its also the same; in the 21st century where technology plays a very big role, before a home that’s for sale gets to have visitors to check them, people check their available photos online first. Which will leave that lasting impression, right? Obviously, you need good photos, if you feel that “good” is not enough at least make sure it’s “eye catching”.
Before we go over with what you need to do let’s have something that might excite you with creating good photos for your home. According to Center for REALTOR® Development (CRD), houses with high quality photos online sell 32% faster than the others. Now if your fond with taking as many photos as you can, try as much as 20 photos. It’s actually a fact that Homes with more photos sell faster, a home with one photo spends an average of 70 days on the market; but a home with 20 photos spends 32 days on the market. If you’re planning to sell your property on a high price it’s better to have those photos taken in high definition, especially if your trying to sell it around $400,000-$1 million range.
Now here’s the good news about this, no one needs to be a genius to produce a good photo, if you have the budget you may hire a real estate photographer, or you may take those photos yourself, let me show you some tips.
In the normal photography scene, you’ll need a DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera which could cost thousands of dollars, not to mention that it will only come along with regular stock lenses at first. Today’s smart phone cameras almost provides the same quality that these DSLRs has to offer.
Holding a DSLR may require a bit of knowledge about photography, as per professionals you just need to master the three things that you can find in the manual settings of a DSLR, these are:
- Aperture – aperture is where you balance the amount of natural light that a lens is intaking, you open it wider the brighter the image.
- Shutter speed – this one’s really helpful for those who can’t seem to afford a tripod, this setting manages the speed of the shutter however, the faster you set it the darker the photo gets on the other hand if you set it slower the more chances of capturing the photo with a little bit of blurs.
- The ISO – Now This one is the digital light adaptability of your DSLR, The lower the ISO number, the less sensitive it is to the light, while a higher ISO number increases the sensitivity of your camera. The component within your camera that can change sensitivity is called “image sensor” or simply “sensor”
Find it too much for the brain? Now let’s about the simpler tool which is your smartphone, since we mentioned that today’s smartphones almost has the same capability, they’re already high definition, motion censored plus the same ISO, Aperture and Shutter speed modes. let me show you how it will work.
Two of the most common capabilities you can find on all smart phone brands are:
1. The wide-angle lens mode – this helps you get a wide yet high definition pictures like this one
2. Natural lighting – smartphones capabilities creates pictures in the most natural look it could give, taking a really clear shot and a very natural look.
What part of the house do you need to take some photos of? The best why to identify this is to have guide. First start from the exterior, most photographers say that the light of the sun after sunrise is the best natural light your house could get when you take a photo of it. Next is the rear part of the house which looks good during the afternoon or the “the golden hour” as they say, this is the time when the light of the sun looks very gold to where ever it brings down its rays.
Then you go to the house interior. Taking pictures indoors especially in your living room, natural lighting is the best. Open those windows and curtains as the light grants your image a sharper look. “Most homes look much more appealing when shot in natural light. If you don’t have professional flash equipment or a very steady hand, pictures taken without a tripod in natural light will look dark and blurry.” – Erin Spain, Home and DIY Blogger. Bedrooms are perfect with natural lighting too.