Photographing a Real Estate Interior with Bright Windows Tutorial

Photographing a Real Estate Interior with Bright Windows Tutorial

In Part 1 of this tutorial, I’m going to
show you how to take a series of photographs with the intention of seeing
both the interior of the room and what’s outside the window. First of all, turn on all the lights in the room: the ceiling lights … up-lighters … floor lamps or any architectural lights you may find. Next, set the ISO to 400. Now we need to select a suitable aperture:
how much light we let into the lens. For good sharpness in your photos
with a wide-angle lens, I suggest f/8. Select Aperture Priority and make
sure your flash is switched ‘OFF’. The common abbreviations for
Aperture Priority are the letters ‘Av’ or ‘A’. Aim your camera to a point in the
room which has an average brightness level. That is to say, not directly at the darkest area
with shadows, nor at the brightest, like the window. Make a note of the shutter speed. What you see here is just an example as
your shutter speed may be a different value. Switch the camera to Manual Mode and
check that the shutter speed didn’t change. If it did, then change it back to what you
saw after aiming at an average brightness. In your cameras Settings Menu, find the AEB function. This is Automatic Exposure Bracketing. If you are unfamiliar with the AEB functions of
your camera, then refer to its user manual. Set the exposure compensation of your camera
to + and – 2 EV – if it supports a 2 EV spacing. Otherwise set it to the maximum EV spacing it allows. Depending on your camera model you may
now see 3 markers on your display: One marker at – 2 … one in the middle on 0 … and the last marker at + 2. These represent the 3 shots you are going to take: 1 underexposed 1 normal and 1 overexposed. Some cameras are capable of taking more
than 3 bracketed photographs at once, some 5 or 7. If so, use the maximum allowed by your camera. Before we take the required shots, switch your
camera to Continuous Shooting Mode. Mount your camera on a tripod, if you have one. If you don’t, look for a steady surface
you can rest the camera on. Next, frame the shot … check the focus … then press and hold the shutter button
until the bracketed photos are taken. So, there you have it, 3 bracketed photographs
ready to import into Photomatix. Download a free trial of Photomatix at The trial doesn’t expire, it just adds
a watermark to the final image. And one final tip: if you are using a tripod,
which is always recommended, then try using the Timer Function to fire the shutter. Or, even better, use a remote shutter release cable. The more stable the camera during
the shooting process, the better the results.

5 thoughts on “Photographing a Real Estate Interior with Bright Windows Tutorial

  1. Thanks

  2. I thought you weren't supposed to have the lights on in interior photo? Great video though thanks!

  3. what format your using? is it jpeg or raw file?

  4. Nice, you setting f/8-iso 400 both crop and FF?

  5. Very useful, thanks.

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