Real Estate Photos explained

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My regular readers know that my day job is a Real Estate Agent in Austin.  Before that, I was a Biochemist in California.  But what they don’t know is that in between those two jobs, I was a wedding photographer, and I shot over 400 weddings with professional Nikon camera gear.

I know, maybe more than others, that the key to selling a house, as well as having an amazing Instagram account and house blog is to have incredible photos.

Today, I want to share a little secret that a lot of people use to make a room seem bigger.  I know there are a lot of other tricks that can be used like Photoshop, filters, and editing pictures, but this little article (with photos below) is about the camera zoom.

Zoom, or focal length is part of the lens of most cameras,

For this example I will share 5 different zooms: 12mm, 24mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm, & include an iPhone 6S Plus shot as well.  I’m not including a true fish-eye room shot, as I don’t have one of those lenses anymore.  Here is my exact set up.  The flash was turned off, and every photo was shot on a tripod at f8 & 1/6 se at ISO 800.

My open living and dining room is approximately 21 1/2 x 28 feet long.  I’m going to stand in one corner, and take a photo, diagonally across the room.  Every time, I’ll focus on the exact same item, and stand in exactly the same place.  I won’t change any camera settings, and I won’t do any editing or Photoshopping on the images.  I think you will be amazed by what you see.

Real Estate Lens 85mm
This shot was taken with an 85 mm lens. It feels like you are sitting on the couch watching the TV.
Real Estate Lens 50mm
Here, I used the 5omm. This is a great lens for detail shots. You can see that it includes all of the TV stand, and starts to show some of the nearby art on the wall.


Real Estate Lens 24 mm
For this photo, I used my favorite lens for Real Estate photography, the 24mm. To me, It shows great parts of a room, but not all the space.


Real Estate Lens 22 mm
Now, I’m using a zoom lens set to 22mm. It is very similar to the 24, but includes even more of the room.


Real Estate Lens 12mm
This is my widest angle lens – a 12 mm. You can see exactly how far away the TV is.



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