While capturing the interiors and exteriors of real estate properties, photographers tend to use additional lights in order to supplement for the lack of exposure in some portions. This is done to preserve a balance in the image in terms of exposure so that the details are rendered perfectly in underexposed regions in the image. However, there are several photographers who still use natural light and no additional artificial lighting for capturing real estate properties. They rely on a careful balance of many aspects of capturing the image such as the type of equipment, use of specific lenses, positioning, etc.
Images of real estate properties have certainly its advantages when captured using natural light. Most of the customers look for such natural features in an image and dislike any such exposure corrections carried out while editing real estate photos. Besides, natural light can imbibe a sense of depth and accurate rendition of colors that can make the image look far appealing when captured in the right manner. Some ways by which natural light can be used effectively in real estate photography are described below.
The Right Equipment
The choice of equipment is one crucial aspect that can aid in shooting the interiors and exteriors using only natural light. A professional DSLR camera that comes with low light and auto bracketing features can help capture better images even in dimly lit conditions. Combining with high-speed lenses and a polarizer filter can help in obtaining well-lit images even in low lighting conditions while also reducing any glare from windows and any outdoor reflective surfaces.
Relying on Sunlight
Exterior shots of real estate properties appear well when captured on a clear sunny day. Capturing the property by timing with the appearance of the sun can aid in getting better images without the need for any additional light. Carefully adjusting the setting while resting the camera on a tripod will guarantee a well-balanced image. Some of the shadows and other disturbances can be corrected later in the real estate retouching process.
Proper Camera Placement
When using natural light, one of the key factors to look for is the positioning of the camera. While capturing interiors, this is a major priority as the best position can often result in proper images without using natural light. The available space and the brightness of the windows need to be considered while selecting the proper angle and placement of the camera.