OR LEAVE IT! BUT....... At RCP we are constantly aiming to deliver the highest possible quality and while we can go to great lengths on our own to make that happen, we do need a bit of your help too. Therefore, we thought it would be great to share with you a series of points that we consider essential, based on our extensive experience, to achieve optimal results. So here it is:
The right light is the most critical aspect of outstanding photography. It cannot be made-up for later in Photoshop. Good lighting is irreplaceable and bad lighting impossible to fix. In most cases, we can still photograph properties and make them stand out no matter what, but keep in mind that for good lighting, consistency is the key. Ensure that power is connected (or gives us instructions on how to connect it), all your light bulbs are in working order and they are of the same colour temperature (ie. avoid mixing different light bulbs in the same room and open living areas). Dark spaces and obscure corners with mixed lighting never inspire, whereas uniform brightness conveys an enticing sense of purity and comfort.
As far as weather is concerned, we all know that it can be unpredictable, and while we can get away with fairly dull natural light in most properties, if you have a specifically important one that you truly want it to shine, then book only in good weather or re-book in case of very bad one.
CLEANINESS & TIDINESS
Properties should be as clean and tidy as possible. That includes floors, windows and glass surfaces, furniture and curtains. Dirty carpets and smudgy windows are very hard to make look good. We cannot stress this enough; a sense of cleanliness is essential in making a property look appealing to potential customers.
When there are people living in the property, whether it is the owners or tenants, please kindly ask them before the shoot, to organise their wardrobes and remove all clothes hanging from doors, walls or lying around sofas or beds. The same applies to reading material, jewelry, toys, glassware etc, lying around the house. Kitchens, bathrooms and laundries should also be free of unappealing objects like toothbrushes, toiletries, cleaning materials, grocery bags, and half-eaten food on plates.
Different types of messiness that don't do photos any favour
Gardens and backyards should also be properly prepared for the shoot since these have a huge visual impact. Tidy and properly arranged gardens with their lawns mowed and their trees and hedges pruned make all the difference. It is also a good idea to hide pet food bowls, bedding, and toys lying around the garden.
Bad weather and bad gardening versus good weather and good gardening
Having the right set of keys will not only save you valuable time but also ours to photograph the property. It is also a good idea to label multiple keys beforehand. In the past, we have had to make return trips to retrieve the right keys which subsequently shortened the allocated shooting time. In the case of twilight photography, being equipped with clearly labelled keys will enable us to save time and provides us the opportunity to capture the property at optimum light.
Labeled versus unlabeled keys
So that’s about it. It is not that much and when we say that it makes all the difference in the results, it really does!. This benefits all of us, photographers, agents, clients, tradies and potential customers. Hope you can keep this as your reference and if you have any further doubts, do not hesitate in contacting us any time. We’ll be more than happy to help :)