A Real Estate Camera Pro vs Your Average Joe

After posting on the 12 Local Real Estate Photos That Stink I thought it only appropriate to  illustrate the benefits of using not only a high quality camera but the  tools a pro photographer uses to breath life into their photos.

I used 3 cameras to shoot a commercial bathroom.  No zoom, standing in the exact same spot.

Cell phone camera. Samsung S4 Smartphone. A very good quality camera for being so tiny and on most of us 24/7. However, this is the worst camera you could possibly use for real estate.  The images capture are very clear but have little depth and only display a fraction of the space being captured.  Notice that half of the mirror cannot be seen. The user can only see the “stuff’ and not the actual space.



Point and shoot.  Samsung WB700 ($299) This camera is of good quality and known for a wider angle.   Just look at how much more you can see vs. the cell phone camera.  While better it still is lacking.  This is probably the more common type of camera that agents use.

12 Local Real Estate Photos That Stink

We learn a lot about life by doing the wrong thing first and getting corrected by someone with more knowledge or experience.  However, real estate transactions don’t occur very often and most folks  seldom question the knowledge or experience of their real estate agents.  The images used to showcase your home should tell the story of the property you’re selling. Here is a cheat sheet of photos that leave the potential buyer confused, underwhelmed or uninterested.

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Gloom and doom.  I gotta tell you, this is a big pet peeve of mine. Turn on the lights, remove the “stuff” in this photo and take it again.  A buyer wants to see what they are buying.  A dark room full of someone else’s stuff doesn’t interest them whatsoever. You’re creating negatives rather than highlighting positives.





You’re too close!  Take a few steps back and gain some perspective.  Is this a walk-in closet? Don’t make the viewer guess.  And don’t upload pictures with the date on it, it just tells me you don’t know how to turn it off or don’t bother to learn how.

By |August 28th, 2014|Sellers|
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