In addition to our tour packages where our professional photographers capture the images of your home or business, we offer a "U-Shoot-It" package. It is exactly what is sounds like, you capture the images, send us the digital file, and we will make a slideshow tour for you. It is our least expensive package. We don't edit your images. They go into the tour just like you send them to us. The trade off for the low price is that you are responsible for the look of your images.
Taking professional looking real estate photography is important if you want a visually stunning virtual tour slide show. If you are a beginner with photography and camera equipment, then you may not be familiar with lighting and how to capture it the right way. Lighting plays a major role in the colors you capture in your image. Lighting also is the primary tool for revealing form and texture within an image. Following the correct guidelines and remembering these tips will help you learn more about lighting and how to create beautiful photos.
- Examine different source of light (sunlight, fluorescent, tungsten, halogen, etc.). Understand the characteristics of light and notice the hardness, softness, direction, and visible colors. Hard light (direct light) produces vivid colors that stand out and creates stronger shadows. Soft light (diffused) will produce more pastel tones and softens details within a photo.
- Pay attention to the colors shown in your photos. Colors tend to set a certain mood for the person who is viewing them. Shooting photos at different times throughout the day will allow you to capture different tones, colors, and light effects. (Taking photographs during the early morning hours can capture great tones).
- Do not over use your flash because the shadows will be extremely harsh.
- Test out different angles to play with the lighting that is being captured so that you reduce heavy shadows.
- When shooting interior photos, make sure that you have enough lighting from lamps, overhead lights, windows, etc. Do not allow too much light in your interior shots because the details can easily be lost. (Shooting in the dark with heavy flash is usually NOT the best idea).
- Photography is an art and lighting makes up a huge part of it. Practice and try different environments until you are familiar with the types of light sources and the effects they produce.
Follow these tips and you should be able to produce great stills and panoramic photography for your virtual tour!