The same room can be photographed in very different ways. Many aspects are discussed here:
- for different equipment
- with a different approach to the filming process
- with different skill
- with varying diligence.
Once the room has been captured, the photographs can be processed in very different ways.
That's about it "differently»I want to tell you further.
Let's start with the technique
For professional real estate photography, the camera should only have a full-size sensor. Any crop is a compromise that negatively affects image volume, color rendition and detail. If in other genres, such as weddings or reportage photography, somewhere you can allow the use of crop, then with interiors and architecture such a trick will not work. I am not attached to the brand now, this is secondary. In the first place is the size of the sensor.
As for the optics, it should also be of the highest level. Canon has this L series, other brands have their counterparts. Indoor surveying involves working with the geometry of enclosed spaces, where there are many lines that must remain straight. This is influenced by the quality of the optics and the straightness of the photographer's hands. Good lenses are expensive, straight arms are priceless.
Ability to shoot
Skills and skills come with experience. Give the technician into the hands of an inexperienced person and nothing good will come of it. At the same time, skills should be acquired in similar conditions and genre. But even let experienced event photographer into the interior, the result will not impress.
Approach to the filming process
Let's just say - the same apartment can be rented for 20 minutes, or 2 hours. At the same time, the photographer's working time does not correlate with the result. If a person has a lot of experience, he immediately knows what to rearrange and how to correctly make a good shot the first time. A person without experience can mess around for at least a day and not achieve a suitable result.
But that's not all. Let's take an experienced photographer who knows what's what. It can work with varying degrees of care. A photographer can take several equally good shots of the same room. The frames will be different in composition and perspective, which one to choose is a matter of taste.
And then the next question arises - will he do additional work and reshoot the same room several times? After all, you need to spend time and think on this. Or will he just limit himself to one standard angle and move on to the next room?
I thought a lot about this question. Should I bother? I came to the conclusion that - yes, it is worth it and I want to do everything to the maximum. Not at a minimum with a minimum price, but thinking, trying and squeezing everything that is possible from the premises. This requires much more effort than just shooting the duty angles to show the layout and volume of an apartment or office.
Lyrical digression about "bother"
For me, each new room is a puzzle where you need to find the right answers. You need to answer the questions, which angles will be the best, which focal lengths will be optimal (so as not to distort the space at a wide angle, but also leave the volume and make the photo interesting and versatile), what kind of light will be used, and so on. The bottom line is that the photographer sets the complexity of these tasks for himself.
For some time I worked according to the principle - to shoot quickly, with high quality and so that the client liked it. And the client loved it and it was fast. I'm so bored now. I have seen hundreds of interiors (without exaggeration) and I'm bored to shoot them just like that, on duty. What is the development in this? You can shoot inexpensively and quickly. Undemanding clients like wide angle and bright photos. The phone will definitely not take off and not all people with cameras will be able to take off like that. But if it is more difficult to set tasks for yourself, this is not all.
I know that most people will like it. And what will the most demanding customers like? What will I really like? Looking at some of my old photos, I think how easy it was to shoot. And I remove such shots from my portfolio, because I will not shoot like that now. I want to try and pay attention to all the little things that are possible. This pedantry gives me pleasure.
Separate mention are emphasis on details... Sometimes it is very appropriate to focus on a single object or group of objects to emphasize the design and atmosphere of the room. Such frames are useful as for designers and realtors... A non-standard photo on the ad splash screen attracts the attention of buyers / tenants. But such shots must be seen and, again, spend time on them, and not just shoot rooms at a wide angle from all sides.
These are just a couple of examples. You can tell more, but then the article will be endless.
By the way, I always take more photos than in a package so that the client can choose exactly those angles that he likes best. Billing is done by the piece.
Then we move on to processing
First, the original photos always look dark and a little crooked. Geometry and color correction is the first thing that starts it all. However, with simple filming, this is where it all ends. But again, this is not enough for me.
In any room there are differences in lighting and color. The most common example is that yellow lamps are burning in the corridor, and cold daylight is pouring from the window. In the original photo with a general plan, you will see the difference in both the light intensity and the color. In reality, in this example, all the walls are white, but due to differences in lighting, one part is yellow, the other is blue. This is a very typical situation in most rooms.
During the processing stage, both the light intensity and its temperature can be leveled. But it takes much more time and requires much more processing knowledge than just lighting a room. Will the photographer do this and is he capable of doing it at all? These are questions relevant to demanding customers. There is no need for this at the level of “just shoot to see”.
A separate topic in the processing is cosmetic repairs.
I will list the common defects that are best removed in a good way.
- Even in new expensive interiors, there is often hack-work on the part of builders. The classic of the genre is the protruding wires under the lamps / lighting. There will be something here, but they haven't hung it yet.
- The next typical situation is a tile on a balcony, smeared with mortar, which is not cleaned with anything.
- Light bulbs with different color temperatures / missing bulbs;
- The pendant lamp is not hanging at the level it should hang at;
- Incorrectly selected color of furniture elements among themselves;
- There are frames on the wall, but there is no photo in them;
- There is no TV in the living room.
This list can be enumerated for a long time. All of the above can be corrected during processing. Only this is done not with a magic button "fix", but through many hours of sitting for retouching over each individual photograph. Should such work be paid separately? I think I should. This is not the fault and responsibility of the photographer, for him it is additional hours of painstaking and complex work. One of the last such shootings took me 7 hours to process 15 photos for a completely new apartment, where people just had to call in.
About the cost of interior photography in Kiev and not only
I find myself shooting quite inexpensively for this level of accuracy, processing and the quality of the technique used. Therefore, the questions “give us a discountI answer - no, I won't. I want to try hard for every client. I don’t want to do anything.
The discount evokes an appropriate attitude towards work. I want to do QUALITY, and this implies an appropriate investment of time and effort on my part. If there is not one apartment, but there are 2-3 of them, this does not in any way reduce the volume of my work and the time that I will spend on leaving, filming and processing. If I sold sausage by the piece - yes, of course, you buy it in bulk, here's a discount for 3 pieces.
The cost of any shooting starts from minimum order.