Should you hire Thomas Haynes Photography to do your images, shown here is the basic kit needed to do the job.
For tight areas a wide angle lens is necessary: The wide angle lens we use is the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8(far right above), a lens able to take photos in low light if need be and with a well designed wide angle function. You can imagine the need for wide angle in some interior photos of buildings or even for a large landscape or group shot. We will tell later in a dedicated blog post about using a wide angle lens because even with discretion and trained use, there will be some distortion in photos of tight areas. The first corrections are by the photographer when the photos are taken, using the camera in a way for least distortion. The final photo is refined further with specialized computer software. The best wide angle photos are a result of proper photography in the first place followed with skilled editing time at the computer.
This image is a screen shot of a photograph in the distortion correction module in Photoshop™. Regardless of how easy tv advertising makes it look, properly editing photographs and correcting things such as crooked walls and distorted buildings is work and requires knowledge and skill to do well.. Software such as this is used with interior wide angle photographs.
Will the color be accurate? Indeed it will. The computer is calibrated every 2 weeks to assure what is seen is what the printing company will print. Obviously, a print is not as bright as a computer view. The computer is a lighted view, transmitted light. A print relies on reflected light and will not have the brightness of a monitor.
When needed, small strobe lights and other light sources are put to use. The idea is to come as close to natural as possible for the photographs being done. In this example, a small off-camera strobe light is used with a light stand to "bounce" diffused light into a room. With skilled adjustment of light, the room is neatly and clearly lit in a natural manner.
Why not just use the lights already in the room and daylight coming through the windows? That is a good question and here is the answer: Unless very close to sundown, exterior natural light will be brighter than light in the room even with the room lamps turned on. When the camera exposure is adjusted to have enough light in the photo of the room, the room lights look overly bright and the window light...well, go look at a few real estate listings to see what we are talking about. The windows are generally "blown out", a term photogs use to say overexposed. Windows will often be glaring white and totally overexposed. When small supplemental lights may be used to give the best results, that is exactly what we do. Notice how the room is lit(even if facing the flash just to show it in action) and the outside view is apparent and not a simple blast of overexposed white glare. Of course, care was taken to select where the strobe flash was placed and how bright it was set to light the room naturally. The photographer would be off to the side or with the flash to his or her back and the final photo would not tell any tale of the flash ever having been there!
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Describe tools of the work and process when on site:
Cameras, other tools.. shooting clean full images
- Lighting, reflectors, etc.. illustrate with.combined image or collage
- Describe Site Analysis, general Side note: staging adequate or recommend?
- Daylight: suitable? come back needed? Describe what we look for in lighting.
- First on site edit: Basic check of all shots taken; all necessities and highlights included?
- Items of special appeal noted and photographed? Agent emphasis?
- screen shots, basic color, crop,
- distortion correction
- quick explanation of process