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