January 15, 2021 at 9:34 pm #57221Logan LamarParticipant
Well, I went out and started a real estate photography business. 😀 I would love some tips on photo techniques as well as how to get everything on the business side (contracts, etc.) set up, if you guys have anything.
@dfrazer, I’ve seen you on these forums! Any tips?
Thanks so much,
@loganlamarJanuary 16, 2021 at 10:11 am #57222Frazer FamilyParticipant
Hi loganlamar, here are a few links that might be helpful to you:
WilliamJanuary 18, 2021 at 1:36 pm #57366David FrazerParticipant
There are basically two ways of getting decent real estate shots: HDR and Flash (There are hybrid techniques that work really well too.) The reason for this is the enormous difference in brightness between the outdoor light and the indoor light in most cases. The best results can generally achieved using external lighting (flash), but the HDR approach is faster to learn.
As William pointed out quite a few tips have been shared on methods in this forum.
I guess I haven’t shared much on the business aspect of things, so if you’re interested I could try to get a few pointers on that front. Here are a few quick starters:
– Get some practice on people’s homes.
– Make a contract and policies.
– Get property releases for your portfolio.
– Get a simple portfolio site set up.
– – Ideally a specifically real estate portfolio, not a mixed portfolio
– – Update your portfolio often as you improve.
– Get a simple system for billing/invoicing. (I use the free online service WAVE, but there are plenty of other options)
– Contact your prospective clients directly, ideally in person, with a sample of your work. Be honest that you are just starting, but let them know that you are willing to grow and improve.
– Don’t expect too much for the first year. 🙂
Feel free to reach out to me directly by email too if you like.
January 18, 2021 at 7:46 pm #57379Frazer FamilyParticipant
- This reply was modified 12 months ago by David Frazer.
One thing I forgot to mention was that good artist are usually good at borrowing from other people’s ideas.
I don’t know of very many professional real-estate photographer’s portfolios, but here’s one which displays a high quality of work. 😉
As with any art, spend a bit of time analysing why you like/don’t like certain photos, and, especially, take notes on ideas you wouldn’t have thought of.
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