Expert tips to improve your architectural photography

Expert tips to improve your architectural photography

Are you looking to improve your architectural photography? Whether you’re a real estate agent with pages full of listings, a homeowner looking to sell their home, or listing your property on Airbnb, quality architectural photography will be a key element in making your venture a success. 

Nearly all people who are looking for their next property to rent or buy begin their search online, so it’s essential that your photos are eye-catching and make a great impression. Expert architectural photography ensures your property stands out from the hundreds of other listings, so here are some of our best expert tips.

5 architectural photography tips from the pros

  1. Take the same photos at several different times throughout the day, then compare them. Depending on which direction your house faces, the sunlight will hit it differently in the morning, afternoon, and evening. Many pros prefer to take photographs at sunrise and sunset, as the gentle sun casts a beautiful golden glow over everything. 
  2. Use a good tripod. Whether you’re using an iPhone or a DSLR camera to take photos, a tripod ensures your device remains steady, and it allows you to take photos at unusual and difficult-to-reach angles. Tripods are very affordable and portable, making them a must-have accessory for anyone dabbling in architectural photography. 
  3. Consider including people in your photos. In photos of single-family homes, apartment complexes, and other residential buildings, including people can add a much-needed sense of scale for anyone viewing your photos. Because photographs are two-dimensional, it can be difficult to get a sense of the size of the space if no people are in view. 
  4. Learn how to work with interior lighting. We can all agree that harsh fluorescent lighting doesn’t cast a flattering light on anything. Not to mention, interior lighting is often more difficult to photograph than exterior shots using natural light. If the room has windows, shoot during the brightest hours of the day to maximize natural light. For low-light rooms you may need to invest in some lighting equipment. 
  5. Learn how to use post-processing software. All professional architectural photos go through some level of post-processing. There are several different types of software you can use: Photoshop, Lightroom, Photomatix, and Aurora HDR. Post-processing allows you to really highlight the beauty in your photos and make them stand out.

If you’d like more information about our residential architecture services, or if you have any more questions about our architectural photography, please contact the team at Seth Leeb Architect today. Our residential architects look forward to hearing from you.

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