Real-Estate/Interior/Property/Architectural photography has many challenges. Issues you face when trying to create a stunning image of a property could vary from dynamic range, converging lines, mixed lighting, and general room presentation. However, you also face a challenge which can sometimes be overlooked, and that’s having a true representation of the property.
Typical complaints you will commonly hear is “The room looks a lot bigger in the photos”. As photographers, we know the reason why rooms look bigger in photos is due to the ultra-wide angle lenses and how they expand an image, so shooting too wide can be misrepresentative. However, with the same respect, you also want to show the entire room which cannot be squeezed in with a standard lens.
As a real-estate photographer, you do have to deal with ethical choices on a daily basis. With the power of Photoshop, creative lighting and angles, we could be misrepresenting a property.[REWIND: Learn HDR Photography from SLR Lounge with our HDR Tutorial]
To Remove or not to Remove?
Check out the images below. A noticeable water stain was removed for the listing. Is this ethical or unethical?
What about the image below? The image taken is facing South, yet we see a gorgeous sunset in the background of the home. Is that going too far?
“ABC News – The Lookout” has done a video on these issues. Check it out below.
This video discusses and illustrates how an image can be misrepresented and shows you how far a photo can be manipulated!
We will all be affected by these issues as at some point in our lives as we’ll either being buying or renting a place and will be viewing these property photos for ourselves.
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