Interior home photography


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Hi,
Anyone know which places conduct courses for this? Cos i try to do a shoot. What i get is, at the window is over expose. or the lighting of the place is not bright event after i open all the lighthing at the house. And many many problem which i face. So is too long winded to do posting.

Can i know the rate too for those who have project? Can give me a guild so as i do not spoil market. ;)

Sorry for those who cannot understand what i am asking. Because i am lost!!!!

So hope you can guild me along. :) Do PM me if can.
 

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I'm not even going to get into the business side of things when what you need to do is get to know your fundamentals, especially on reading the ambient light and exposure.

The reason why you are getting over-exposed windows and dark interiors is because the amount and quality of ambient lighting you are getting is vastly different. The timing of your shoot is very critical and that's where you use your acquired skills in reading light.

Off hand, I can't think of any course dedicated to interior photography alone and truthfully, you need to brush up your fundamentals before going into a specialised field (or a business for the matter).
 

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:thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:

I'm not even going to go into the business side of things when what you need to do is get to know your fundamentals, especially on reading the ambient light and exposure.

The reason why you are getting over-exposed windows and dark interiors is because the amount and quality of ambient lighting you are getting is vastly different. The timing of your shoot is very critical and that's where you use your acquired skills in reading light.

Off hand, I can't think of any course dedicated to interior photography alone and truthfully, you need to brush up your fundamentals before going into a specialised field (or a business for the matter).
 

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There are a few ways to do that.

1. Using flash to shoot to balance the lighting inside and outside.
2. Take multiple exposure and merge them together.

It will depend on how much one charge, that will determine the methods.

I used to shoot low cost but volume base interior shots which only about $250 for 3 shots but there are about 70-80 properties a month.

There are people charge a lot more, so it is entirely up to u on what is the market you want to serve.

If you want to learn how to do it and willing to pay to learn, do pm me.

Regards,

Hart
 

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I'm not even going to get into the business side of things when what you need to do is get to know your fundamentals, especially on reading the ambient light and exposure.

The reason why you are getting over-exposed windows and dark interiors is because the amount and quality of ambient lighting you are getting is vastly different. The timing of your shoot is very critical and that's where you use your acquired skills in reading light.

Off hand, I can't think of any course dedicated to interior photography alone and truthfully, you need to brush up your fundamentals before going into a specialised field (or a business for the matter).
That means...don't know fundamental = lousy photo. Know fundamental = taekong photos. :bsmilie::bigeyes::bigeyes::bigeyes::bsmilie:
 

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Having a driver's license does not necessarily make you a good driver but having a license is certainly a start.

How good a photographer you can become will depend on how well you can develope from those basics.
 

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There are a few ways to do that.

1. Using flash to shoot to balance the lighting inside and outside.
2. Take multiple exposure and merge them together.

It will depend on how much one charge, that will determine the methods.

I used to shoot low cost but volume base interior shots which only about $250 for 3 shots but there are about 70-80 properties a month.

There are people charge a lot more, so it is entirely up to u on what is the market you want to serve.

If you want to learn how to do it and willing to pay to learn, do pm me.

Regards,

Hart
wow, 70 * $250 = $17.5k a mth! :bigeyes:
 

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Having a driver's license does not necessarily make you a good driver but having a license is certainly a start.

How good a photographer you can become will depend on how well you can develope from those basics.
Ya... Agree. Some of the shoot. Is NICE. The timing just nice, sun light dun shine into the house. Or the room lighting is nice.

I was thinking of going to take up studio lighting or those lighting related course as to understand more about light. I did try to follow shoot,but the way of teaching does not fit me.
 

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Ya... Agree. Some of the shoot. Is NICE. The timing just nice, sun light dun shine into the house. Or the room lighting is nice.

I was thinking of going to take up studio lighting or those lighting related course as to understand more about light. I did try to follow shoot,but the way of teaching does not fit me.
I don't know how and what they taught you but I'd imagine that you are not doing yourself any favour by expecting things to be imparted to you your way.....
 

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wow, 70 * $250 = $17.5k a mth! :bigeyes:
$250 after tax while in Sydney is effectively about $150 per shoot not taking out the cost of running the business.

So essentially, it will be great to get $80 per shoot as nett if nothing screw up and if the client pays on time which is hardly happen.

It sounds a lot of money but Sydney tax is crazy....

Generally, unless you are doing that kind of volume, it is not really wise to charge so low....

Regards,

Hart
 

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Its not like you will get that amount of work every month......
It is not particularly impossible to get that amount 10 months in 1 year too though.

Of course, in Sydney, property agent will have more marketing budget unlike in Singapore... it is different how it works in Sydney than in Singapore.

On average, agent will get photographers to do the shoot instead of doing it themselves.

If you serve 4-5 good real estate firm that have 2-3 full time staffs, you can easily hit 60 properties without trying too hard.

However, I was told that the price of the interior shots are getting cheaper in Sydney too... I know some are doing it at $99.

Just different country different practice...

Anyway... as what Kit has mentioned, the key in successful interior shot is lighting. Timing do come into play when you charge more.

In ideal world, you should go and have a look on the location and work out the best time to shoot and have the interior deck out by interior designer and do the shoot with strobes to get the right lighting. But practical generally works far from ideal.

Good luck.
 

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I've never worked (and hope I never have to) with agents because I get the feeling that they often undermine the value of photographs since its relatively short term usage for them. Once the property is sold, the photos get buried. I'm never a fan of inexpensive bulk work either and I'm sure you would rather do something else too. Thing is these work can help get the cash flowing in times of need..... :cry:
 

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I've never worked (and hope I never have to) with agents because I get the feeling that they often undermine the value of photographs since its relatively short term usage for them. Once the property is sold, the photos get buried. I'm never a fan of inexpensive bulk work either and I'm sure you would rather do something else too. Thing is these work can help get the cash flowing in times of need..... :cry:
actually i've shot for property agents locally before but usually it's for property which are on the higher end and the needs are more specific. some agents provide it as a service as part of the marketing plan of the property. ultimately the cost will get passed on to the owners.
 

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It is not particularly impossible to get that amount 10 months in 1 year too though.

Of course, in Sydney, property agent will have more marketing budget unlike in Singapore... it is different how it works in Sydney than in Singapore.

On average, agent will get photographers to do the shoot instead of doing it themselves.

If you serve 4-5 good real estate firm that have 2-3 full time staffs, you can easily hit 60 properties without trying too hard.

However, I was told that the price of the interior shots are getting cheaper in Sydney too... I know some are doing it at $99.

Just different country different practice...

Anyway... as what Kit has mentioned, the key in successful interior shot is lighting. Timing do come into play when you charge more.

In ideal world, you should go and have a look on the location and work out the best time to shoot and have the interior deck out by interior designer and do the shoot with strobes to get the right lighting. But practical generally works far from ideal.

Good luck.
Thks.... This is some info which i seem useful.

People who post here are cool and helpful. thks... will try out and do some photo posting for you to feedback.
 

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I've never worked (and hope I never have to) with agents because I get the feeling that they often undermine the value of photographs since its relatively short term usage for them. Once the property is sold, the photos get buried. I'm never a fan of inexpensive bulk work either and I'm sure you would rather do something else too. Thing is these work can help get the cash flowing in times of need.....
U are right.. no one want to do volume themselves...

It is good to get started that way as there are a lot of things you could learn by shooting fast pace and high volume in terms of working more efficiently and quickly in a lot of less than ideal situation.

I used to spend my Monday every week photograph anything between 8-12 properties going around with the agent and given about 20 minutes each to do the shots... 3 shots to be exact and go. Deliver the next day and on paper 2 days later. Its fun... and stressful but I learn a lot.

Anyway... I have privileged to be commission to photograph some of the amazing properties here in Singapore for a magazine...

Here are some... (using natural light and using merging technique in photoshop rather than shooting with flash, generally take 1 hour to shoot 12 images and 1 hour in retouching to achieve this, they are not perfect but nonetheless acceptable to me).










I just love to visit some of the very fine home here in Singapore.

Regards,

Hart
 

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It is not particularly impossible to get that amount 10 months in 1 year too though.

Of course, in Sydney, property agent will have more marketing budget unlike in Singapore... it is different how it works in Sydney than in Singapore.

On average, agent will get photographers to do the shoot instead of doing it themselves.

If you serve 4-5 good real estate firm that have 2-3 full time staffs, you can easily hit 60 properties without trying too hard.

However, I was told that the price of the interior shots are getting cheaper in Sydney too... I know some are doing it at $99.

Just different country different practice...

Anyway... as what Kit has mentioned, the key in successful interior shot is lighting. Timing do come into play when you charge more.

In ideal world, you should go and have a look on the location and work out the best time to shoot and have the interior deck out by interior designer and do the shoot with strobes to get the right lighting. But practical generally works far from ideal.

Good luck.
U are right.. no one want to do volume themselves...

It is good to get started that way as there are a lot of things you could learn by shooting fast pace and high volume in terms of working more efficiently and quickly in a lot of less than ideal situation.

I used to spend my Monday every week photograph anything between 8-12 properties going around with the agent and given about 20 minutes each to do the shots... 3 shots to be exact and go. Deliver the next day and on paper 2 days later. Its fun... and stressful but I learn a lot.

Anyway... I have privileged to be commission to photograph some of the amazing properties here in Singapore for a magazine...

Here are some... (using natural light and using merging technique in photoshop rather than shooting with flash, generally take 1 hour to shoot 12 images and 1 hour in retouching to achieve this, they are not perfect but nonetheless acceptable to me).










I just love to visit some of the very fine home here in Singapore.

Regards,

Hart

Wa..... To me the colour is WA.... Now i know what i am looking for. Is the colour of the photo.

I like this ( using natural light and using merging technique in photoshop rather... ) Can share a bit more what should i read about? I was looking at bracketing & HDR, is it something close? ( Can PM me what you bring along for shoot? etc lighting... or ???? ) If you would like to share here i am would be good.
 

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I think this is digital darkroom topic if u want to ask me how to do it so I guess this is more for business related? Guys in digital darkroom section would probably know how to do it.

It is HDR concept with all manual retouching. I normally shoot with A900+12-24 sigma and a tripod and nothing else, at least for the shots I showed above. It is easier to show you the process then to type.

There are a lot of processes and it took me 6 months to learn and workout my workflow for this.

It's easy once you know it.

Regards,

Hart
 

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