05-06-2014 03:30 PM
I recently bought a Canon 3ti kit with the standard 18-55 lens.
I am a realtor and need to often take photos of smaller rooms. I do not want the fish bowl effect but I would like to be able to shoot wider and get more of the room than just one corner.
What do I need to look for in a lens that can do this? Or is it possibly a setting on the camera that I have not discovered?
I am a super novice with the camera. So far I have only mastered the 'auto' setting.
05-06-2014 04:01 PM
05-06-2014 04:06 PM
Read your manual re using Exposure Compensation in Program (or most modes other than Auto or full manual). That should help with the brightness but you may also need to learn how to shoot some of those situations using the flash & / or Flash Exposure Compensation. Practice a bit & it will become second nature.
05-06-2014 05:11 PM
There’s only going to be so much you can do with balancing light. Exposure compensation or manual settings can help, but there are limits. Bright sunlight coming in a window into a dark room covers too wide a spectrum for the camera. RE photographers use a technique called HDR or use external lighting, or both. Both topics are outside the scope of this conversation, but there is plenty of information already out there if you’re interested. Even a single flash, put on your camera and shot straight up into the ceiling can help a lot. What you’re trying to do is bring the light level of the room up to the light level outside. Even for night shots or those without windows a flash can help lighten up those dark corners. When I do RE photography I routinely use 4 flashes, and mix in some HDR, but it’s not necessary to go to that extreme.
There’s a wide spectrum of quality in RE photography, from point and shoot realtors using iPhones, to high end architectural photography, and everything in between. If all you’re looking for is a basic photo to get people in the door, then there’s no need for extremes. But this could be a great opportunity to learn something about photography and positively affect your business if you’re up for it.
05-06-2014 05:14 PM
05-06-2014 05:46 PM
Glad to hear that. The RE world needs more photographers. Personally, I believe that good photography can have a significant impact on pulling in clients, but not everyone believes that. Again, I tend to go to extremes when it comes to image quality, but I’m a photographer, not a realtor.
This is probably more info than you’re looking for, but here’s some elements that could have a big impact on your photography. Any one of these changes would improve your photography, more will improve it more:
05-06-2014 09:51 PM
I think you might enjoy some of Steve's (Veroman) tips here based on your desire to get it right.