A behind the scenes look at a tricky real estate exterior shoot in Farmington, UT

November 21, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

 

A tricky exterior in Farmington, UT

When you want to make the best first impression you need the best photography.  Here is a behind-the-scenes look into the process I use to get such beautiful images.  I loved the challenge this particular house presented.

First, I search for the best composition of the house.  For this twilight real estate shoot in Farmington, the front of the house was hidden by a small forest.

Time to really get creative!  I discovered a narrow clearing off to the left.  Unfortunately I was so far below the front door (you can't even see it behind all those trees) that I had to extend my camera pole to the maximum height, point it a bit upward, then secure it to my tripod.

Pretty scary!  My camera is now resting 20 feet in the air on a wobbly pole.  But it allowed me to get this photo of the front of the house:

Then, by using my remote shutter release, I walk around and flash a few different areas of the house.  Here are a few of the 20 flash frames I took:

Next, I blend the best parts of these images together to create a high contrast, high dynamic photo that is much more attractive than a photo without flash.  This flash technique cannot be faked with Photoshop so it is such a useful skill to have.

Finally, I straighten the image so the house doesn't look like it is falling into a sink hole, replace the boring sky with a more stunning sunset, and add some punch.  Here is the final image:

Days like these are why I love my job. I loved the challenge of finding a good angle and putting it all together.  There are probably several dozen hours of Photoshop and photography practice that contributed to getting a shot like this.  Some might ask why I didn't just take it with a drone, which is an excellent question.  For starters, the image sensor in a drone doesn't work so great when the sun goes down.  Because it is such a small sensor, its ability to capture light isn't great and you'll end up with a lot of noise in the image.  Reason #2 is that you can't use a flash with a drone.  There currently isn't a way to trigger a flash module with a drone so you miss out on the extra POP you get with those flash frames.  While I really, really love using my drove (probably my favorite piece of equipment) it doesn't serve all purposes as well as a DSLR camera.

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