When is the best time to photograph a property?

When is the best time to photograph a property?

Photography is all about light, it is a recording of light. To be more precise, photography is all about the quality of the light. It is the quality of light that can turn a photograph from ‘decent’ to ‘special’. That said, doing some research in advance and making the effort to be in a location at the right time will dramatically increase your chances of capturing something a bit more special.

When to shoot? when is the best time to photograph a property?

The reason properties with different aspects should be photographed at different times is that you want the sun to be behind you when you’re looking at the home. That way the photos will be bright and saturated with color something you cannot achieve when photographing in shadows.


• ­Consider interior lighting

The best lighting for indoor photos is when the sun is bright and shining. For interior shots, consider the placement of the windows in every room, and evaluate the position of the sun. Then, take a few test shots to determine if the light is perfect. You should be able to see the colors and details in the room, but the shots shouldn’t be so bright that colors and windows are blown out. You should never rely on artificial lighting in a room unless the house is dark itself and every lightbulb in the room is the same.

When it comes to determining the best time to photograph the interior of a property, the biggest consideration is whether it’s a dark house. Some properties are very dark internally. This may be due to the décor and furnishings, including dark walls, floors, and furniture, it’s situated in a lot of shade, or just because there are no windows. For dark properties, schedule your shoot first thing in the morning, or last thing in the afternoon not dusk. This will ensure that the artificial lighting inside the property will be balanced with the light outside. For best results, all the light bulbs should match and be the brightest wattage available. Ideally, there should also be plenty of lamps as well as “built-in” lighting.


• ­Consider exterior lighting

Outdoor shots are best taken at dusk. Be realistic about dusk shoots. We all love a gorgeous dusk property shot, right?
While dusk real estate photography can be stunning, not every home is cut out for it. Properties that are good candidates for dusk photography must have lots of external lighting and plenty of bright lighting (e.g. millions of downlights) inside.
On the other hand, houses that are low set, dark internally, or dark externally (e.g. dark brick) don’t look nearly so good when shot at dusk. These homes are better shot during the day at the time that’s appropriate for their individual aspect.

IDENTIFY a property’s aspect, its orientation in relation to the four compass points, which will help you identify the best time for photographing the exterior, as different orientations dictate different ideal shooting times. Here are 4 tips for ensuring you choose the best possible shooting time for each individual property you’re about to list:

  • For east-facing properties, the morning is the best time to shoot.
  • For west-facing properties, the afternoon is great.
  • If your property faces north, any time between 10h and 14h is ideal.
  • And if it faces south, you’ll want your photos taken first thing in the morning or last thing in the day.
  • After all, if the house with a pool is an east-facing property, with the pool on the west side, you’ll want to book a shoot for the afternoon, rather than the morning. That way, you’ll minimize shadows and maximize the bright, fresh, appealing feel of photos taken at an appropriate time of day.


A general rule of thumb

If you’re still not sure when to book a property for a shoot, then book it for the morning. Morning light is a lot “cleaner” than afternoon light, as morning light is more of a blue/white light, while afternoon light has an orange glow to it. The orange glow can help create a great moody look, but unless that’s the look you’re going for, morning is your safest bet.

Avoid cloudy, rainy, and overcast days, as they can cause bad lighting and an uneven white balance. If you want to get even more technical about it, the best time to shoot depends on the way each room (and the house) faces. You want the sun to be behind the camera so that colors are illuminated. For example, when taking photos of an exterior, you can assume that you should shoot an East-facing house in the morning, a West-facing house in the afternoon, a North- facing house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and a South-facing house in the early morning or just before the sun sets.

Weather is a royal pain. It varies the light level and it can dramatically affect the visual appeal of your shots. The clouds result in dramatic, pale, unattractive, and dark pictures.

Grey skies will lower the vibrancy and impact of photos.

On a grey day, the image is guaranteed to look dull and dreary. A grey sky doesn’t add much to the scene.



Full sun, bright light

The sun is shining, birds are singing, what could be a more perfect day for a spot of property photography?

The sun is a beautiful light source and can make any property attractive. The bright sun creates beautiful light, saturated, and vivid colors so your property attracts your clients.

Build your client base and impress your customers with professional property photos.

What colors work best in real estate photos?

If you’ve ever seen listing photos where every wall in a house is painted a bright, neon shade, it can be overwhelming. It also means that the minute buyers get the keys and they’ll have to paint.

The home. Top agent Sissie Carter Horne recommends:
“If they’ve got a bright color like a lime green, it does not shoot as well as a neutral color does. Even a darker color shoots a little bit better than some of those brighter colors- the pinks and the purples that they use in some of the bedrooms for the kids. They just don’t turn out as well. So the lighter shades seem to work better and make the room feel larger.”

If you’re all about color, then do pops of yellow. Yellow is a bright, warm, and welcoming color that can ignite a sense of feeling at home. Try yellow throw pillows on the couch, a bowl of lemons, or a bouquet of yellow flowers.

Good photography is all about seeing and controlling light.

Another very important part of that is professional post-production because even if you have the most expensive camera it doesn’t mean that you are able to take well-exposed photos.


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