Just bought a new Pentax, and now taking pictures of homes - Any tips for a novice


moolahut

Link Posted 06/10/2019 - 06:30
I don't need major tips, but just curious from experienced users of simple tips to keep in mind while taking pictures of real estate? Most are for MLS listings and want to increase quality of interior and exterior pictures. Any insight would be very much appreciated since I am relatively new and looking for any tips! Or if you have any good resources, that would be great. Wanted to post here since I have a Pentax.
Joel McLaughlin

Jonathan-Mac

Link Posted 06/10/2019 - 09:31
Welcome to the forum and to Pentax!

As for tips - use a tripod (and two-second timer) and stop down the aperture of the lens as much as needed to get the sharpest images possible across the whole frame. Probably f/8 or f/11.
Pentax hybrid user - Digital K3 & K200D, film 645 and 35mm SLR and Pentax (&other) lenses adapted to Fuji X digital
Fan of DA limited and old manual lenses

HarisF1

Link Posted 06/10/2019 - 10:16
Also ensure that the lighting is adequate - you might need to bounce flash a little without making it obvious (since a wide angle will capture the ball of light above the flash unit).

ronniemac

Link Posted 06/10/2019 - 12:24
Which particular Pentax and lens(es) are you working with.

Make sure you put your name on the Copyright Information in the spanner/wrench menu.

Jonathan-Mac and Haris F1 have given the most important advice. I presume that you are exposure bracketing. Shoot RAW + Jpeg; post processing RAW files will enhance your images, but also make judicious use of Custom Image types, low level HDR, Highlight and Shadow Correction for the Jpegs - this could save time in post processing.

If you are working in a professional capacity, always have a spare battery and SD card in your bag.

Good luck!

punkrockemo

Link Posted 06/10/2019 - 14:01
One thing I would add to what others have already said Keep camera level to keep the verticals vertical. The camera will most likley have a digtail level to indicate if is level or not.
Also braketing and HDR can be usfull if the window is in the frame to balance exposure

RobL

Link Posted 06/10/2019 - 23:03
Fellow Pentaxians, best take a look at Moolahutís website before offering advice. Moolahut, if you are as inexperienced as you claim then I recommend paying a pro to take the photos for you, this isnít something you just pick up from day one.
Last Edited by RobL on 06/10/2019 - 23:09

richandfleur

Link Posted 07/10/2019 - 00:53
RobL wrote:
Fellow Pentaxians, best take a look at Moolahutís website before offering advice.

I tend to shy away from any website/business that feels the need to state: "It's that simple! No scams, just honest business."

Jonathan-Mac

Link Posted 07/10/2019 - 11:35
I don't see why he can't learn. Results may not be perfect from day one but anyone willing to learn can pick it up, I'm sure.
Pentax hybrid user - Digital K3 & K200D, film 645 and 35mm SLR and Pentax (&other) lenses adapted to Fuji X digital
Fan of DA limited and old manual lenses

Algernon

Link Posted 07/10/2019 - 14:28
Just needs to get his ducks in line

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Pentax K-1 + K-5 and some other stuff

Algi
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