Today i've spent part of the day updating photography archives and all that tedious admin stuff that goes along with cataloguing both all my commercial and real estate photography work as well as my travel stuff.
This led down that rabbit hole, revisiting some of my past collections of travel collections. When i stumbled across what is probably my all time favourite travel portrait. This shy boy was taken during my trip through India back in 2011 and originally i processed it in black and white. The finished result was a gritty high contrast image that was in my opinion quite a moody powerful portrait. Looking at this image today though i thought i'd strip back any post-production to the bare-minimum and show a softer side to the image that probably reflects his quiet nature shy nature a little better.
This image was taken at a road stop where I'd rest and have some Masala tea on the way to Ranthambore Wildlife Reserve. As the saying goes Life is about the journey not the destination and the types of people I met along the way surpassed seeing all the wild animals in the nature reserve once i'd reached my destination.
Images like this are also another reminder of that you never know when a photographic opportunity will arise. This fleeting stop at a tea-hut lasted all of ten minutes but had i decided not to bring the camera with me, this opportunity to get one of my favourite travel images would of passed me by.
After finishing a real estate photography shoot last weekend i was driving home looking at the Perth skyline and clouds and made a last second decision to pull off the freeway and head to kings park to try and capture a decent Sunset and cliche Perth skyline photograph. I hadn't been up to photograph Perth's iconic skyline from the much visited viewing platforms at Kings park since the start of the Eliabeth Quay project began. Thinking it would be a good opportunity to update my Perth Stock Photography collection of standard landmarks, the sunset didn't turn out to be an award winning one. I'll post the final photo of the skyline in coming days.
However half an hour before sunset, the sun broke through the clouds while i was walking from the Kings Park car park. This photo of the Perth War Memorial and eternal flame was a result of fortunate timing. I've shot this same scene several times but particularly like the cloud reflection in the water on this one.
This was shot on my Canon 5D MK III, with the 24-105 Lens and with a Hoya Polariser filter to bring out the contrast in the sky. Shot on my Manfrotto Tripod the several second exposure has helped to hide people moving about in the distance.
The resulting RAW File was processed in Photoshop CS5 and had shadow detail brought out using the now Google owned Nik - Color Efex Pro filter.
This new home located just metres from the beach in the northern Perth suburb of Iluka, is another stunning residence from one of Perth's premium home builders, Beaumonde Homes. This stunning family residence features multiple large living spaces an specious alfresco area with outdoor kitchen, lap pool, cleverly designed under staircase cellar and a master ensuite bathroom that can only be described as amazing. In the running for the 2014 Master Builder Awards run by the Perth MBA this home is integrated with smart appliances, lighting and bespoke outdoor scupltures and art.
This beautifully renovated home is about to go on sale in Perth. Located in Bayswater, Western Australia. Photographed yesterday to be used on Real Estate brochures / signage and Real Estate websites such as realestate.com.au and reiwa.com.au. The high quality finishes, new appliances and use of timber throughout the home gives it a very welcoming and warm friendly feel.
While only being a 10 minute drive to the heart of the Perth CBD it should generate a lot of interest.
What are keys to shooting great Real Estate Photography?
1. Use a wide angle lens. These shots were taken using my 14mm Aspherical Fish Eye. This helps rooms look as big as possible.
2. Bracket your photos. As different areas of a room get different amounts of light i always bracket (1 shot correct exposure / 1 stop under / 1 stop over). This allows you more flexibility in post production.
3. Shoot late afternoon if possible. While this Real Estate shoot wasn't at dusk the late afternoon light does give the outside photos a warmth that reproduces well in Real Estate promotional items such as brochures, websites etc.
4. Remove as much clutter as possible. Some clients understand this better than others. Real Estate agents will generally help with this process, but there is nothing worse than arriving to photograph a house only to find excessive clutter on bench-tops.
When i arrived at this house, it was immaculate with nice little touches such as a vase of fresh flowers, the odd candle and decorative breadboard in the kitchen.
5. Always shoot in RAW format if possible. Then when processing save your RAW settings as presets in photoshop. This will enable you to work quicker in post production. As a general rule,
i adjust colour balance to compensate the warm tungsten interior lights against the cooler sunlight. Adjust the RGB curves to create a bit more contrast between light tones eg walls, and dark tones such as floors. Selective toning to warm up colours of floorboards etc.
Then once image is in photoshop, i correct the distortion of the image (caused by using wide angle within small rooms). and apply an unsharp mask to make the images really crisp. This is especially important for online real estate web portals which often degrade the images when uploaded.
If you are looking for Perth real estate photography, or to photograph your renovated home for historical value or to enter into building awards please contact me.
Real estate and architecture photography is something i have been doing a fair bit of recently. However nothing comes has come close to wow'ing me like the house i shot in Mosman Park on Friday. Built over several years by one of Perth's leading builders Beaumonde Homes this fine home is testament quality workmanship and the vision of both the architect and owners.
The only problem i faced was shooting it in a limited timeframe available as the setting Perth sun started to plummet quickly. The italian influenced stonework steeply worked itself up the cliff as the 3 story home boldy hung to its foundations to offer breathtaking views of the swan river and the city skyline in the distance.
Each year the Master Builder Association awards is a celebration of Perth's wealth of top end builders and while i'm no expert, i'd imagine this Mosman Park home is a big chance take home a prize.
Chris Bishop professional commercial, landscape & travel photographer based in Perth, Western Australia.