How to make pictures of your own property.
1. Have a camera. At some point most photographers get asked what the best camera is and, though people are asking about the brand and model, the photographer likely replies: “the one you have in your hand”. If you have an iPhone, use it. If you have a low priced point and shoot or high-end DSLR or Mirrorless camera use that - it is the person who holds the camera that dictates the end result.
2. Prepare your property. Clean your property up. A lot. While we all pride ourselves running tight ships you don’t really see all of the flaws until they are photographed. Removing shopping carts, garbage, garbage cans, salt boxes and stickers on light standards will save you time and money in the long run.
3. Count on 1-2 hours to photograph the exterior of a small single pad structure-property (5 hours if you are creating dramatic panoramics). Do the first round of pictures then examine them on your laptop - look for the ugly things (like those noted in “2” above)
then go about either removing the items or changing your angles to hide them then shoot again.
4. Edit. Edit. Edit. You want your straight lines to be straight and your horizontal lines to be horizontal. You’ll want your building brighter and your skies darker, licence plates and pedestrians to be blurred and all garbage/carts removed from your final photograph. After editing you’ll have to save your files as JPGs cropped and sized to suit where you’ll be using them
5. If you don’t have the time, or the skills, to do it right, when will you have time to do it over? In this case we suggest finding a photographer who will do all of the above for you.
Special Offer: Message me, quoting this post with “Photograph My Property” in the subject line, and I will photograph your building in the Ottawa/Eastern Ontario area in April or May 2021 for FREE. If you like the pictures you can purchase the edited *regular high-resolution files for your non-exclusive commercial licence at $150 each or 20 for $1,500.
*Super Edited Panoramic High-Resolution Images are a separate offer at $500 for each file.
Note: pictures in this post illustrate the before and after processing for a commissioned job in Feb 2021.