Problems

The following photographs were taken from various estate agent's websites across the U.K.. They illustrate the problems that can arise when an inexperienced photographer is tasked with taking photographs of your property.
PROBLEM 1 - Converging Verticals

The wide-angled lenses used for interior house photography do a very good job of capturing a view of a room. However, they do suffer from a tendency to show walls to be falling inwards or outwards. This characteristic can be reduced by the careful height positioning of the lens when taking a photograph and fully eliminated in the post-processing of the image once back in the studio.

PROBLEM 2 - Incorrect Colour Balance

The human eye and brain cope very efficiently with different light sources. To us a piece of white paper, seen in sunlight, will appear white. Take it indoors and view it illuminated by a light-bulb (that gives off a yellowish light) and, to our eyes, it will still be white. This is not true of a camera which tries to make a guess as to the white balance of an illuminated scene and record it accordingly. This becomes obvious when a room is illuminated by both sunlight from a window and the yellowish light from interior lamps. There tends to be an overall yellow cast across the room that can greatly distort the true colours. This problem can be corrected in the studio, on an image by image basis, depending on the extent of the problem in each exposure.

Both of these traits are shown in the following image. The front door and stairs both appear to be falling over and give a distorted view of the hall.
The paintwork, especially around the hall light, gives the appearance of being yellow. Indeed the whole hall has an appearance of yellowish-orange colouring that I suspect bears no relation to the reality of an attractive hall.

Yellow Hall
 


PROBLEM 3 - Burnt Out Windows and Dark Corners

The light intensities across a room can vary to such a great extent that a camera cannot cope with the differences. Bright light can be streaming through a window whilst areas hidden behind furniture can seem very dark. As with colour balance this is something that the human eye copes with very well, but it is different for a camera.

This is shown in the photograph below. The camera has exposed correctly for the furthest yellow wall but is unable to cope with the intense light from the window. This appears as nothing more than a white area showing no detail whatsoever. The other extreme is the dark furniture where all detail is lost in the black colouring.

This problem can be overcome by taking a number of exposures at different settings and combining them back in the studio to give one overall image truer to the reality of the room.

Burnt Out Windows
 


PROBLEM 4 - Clutter

To be fair to the photographer in this case they took a well exposed and correctly colour-balanced photograph. However, and this is just as much the fault of the home-owner, the room is dreadfully cluttered and not shown to its full potential. A few minutes collecting the toys and putting them in the playpen and dragging it out of shot (along with the two large toys to left and right) would have greatly improved the image.

Clutter
 


PROBLEM 5 - Exterior Exposure Problems

In this example the photographer has pointed the camera at the sky and house which are well illuminated by the sun. However, because there is a deep shadow across the drive it has been severely under-exposed, with the result that it appears as a dark abyss. Essex House Photography would be able to overcome this problem with the use of camera filters or multiple combined exposures.
It is also notable, in this example, that this is a photograph of two houses. Whilst it could be argued that it is showing the property in the context of its neighbourhood, it would surely be better (for sale purposes) to show solely the house that is being offered for sale.

Dark Drive


THE SOLUTION - to these problems

Employ the services of Essex House Photography to ensure that the photographic presentation of your property is of the highest standard. See thegalleries section for a welcome antidote to the 4 images above.