eBook: Real Estate Photography – Tips & tricks for great photos on low budget

My first eBook! It’s out and you can get it on Amazon! I’m super excited about it and I absolutely loved making it!

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This book is meant for anybody who needs photos of properties and would like to work with a small budget. It’s for real estate agents, brokers, rental property owners, bed & breakfast and small hotel owners, as well as for anybody else who needs good quality photos to promote their house, apartment or any other property. It’s specifically meant for anybody who doesn’t want to hire a professional photographer or can’t afford to, but would still like to get the best possible results. These tips and tricks will help guide you through basics you should be aware of when taking photos of any real estate properties. The focus here is on amateur photography and on using smartphones as the photographic equipment, but you might learn something new even if you’re using an advanced camera.

Who should read this book?
Are you usually walking around with a simple digital camera or only with your smartphone to take photos? This book is for anybody who needs photos of properties and would like to work with a small budget. It’s for real estate agents, brokers, rental property owners, bed & breakfast and small hotel owners, as well as for anybody else who needs good quality photos to promote their house, apartment or any other property. It’s specifically meant for anybody who doesn’t want to hire a professional photographer or can’t afford to, but would still like to get the best possible results.

Who is this book not for?
If you want to learn how to be a professional real estate photographer, this might not be the book for you. By reading these pages, you will not learn about specific camera settings, how to make walking tours, complicated panoramas, advanced HDR photos or use drones for aerial shots. Also, if you would like to learn how to sell or rent properties, this book may not be the best choice. However, it will teach you how to make better photos that will help you with that.

What will you learn?
By reading this book, you will learn some tips and tricks you can use with any equipment you’re using to take photos, from professional cameras to your smartphone. I’ll guide you through basic steps on how to prepare the area for the photoshoot, how to capture the place from the best angle, we’ll take a look at the common mistakes people do and how to fix them, and you will acquire some basic photo editing knowledge to make your photos pop out even more. No prior photography knowledge or skills are required.

Purpose of the book
During my career, I’ve noticed that many companies simply don’t have the budget to hire a professional photographer or know how to use expensive photography equipment. Many brokers and property owners take photos by themselves, using only their smartphone. But having a low budget doesn’t mean the photos will automatically be bad. With just a little bit of the appropriate knowledge, you can make excellent photos that will be of great help with your marketing. The purpose of this book is to teach you exactly that.

About the author
My father used to have his own real estate agency, so I somehow grew up with this business. Since an early age, I was in love with buildings in general and I knew I wanted my career to go somewhere in that direction, to be surrounded by architecture. I decided to study Digital Arts, with my main focus on photography and video classes. That’s where my professors noticed that most of my art had some architectural elements included. Passion for architectural photography led me to a few smaller projects in the real estate business and allowed me to work with some architects and brokers. All this led to the creation of this book.

Are you super excited to check it out? You can get it here.

Rotovž Caffe in Kamnik

About two weeks ago I took some photos of the second oldest building in Kamnik. It’s from 15th century and it is known as “Seydl house”, because of the first owner Jurlin Seydl. Building is in the old city centre and it is right next to the town hall. It was abandoned for many decades, but about 10 years ago it got new owners that renovated it and brought back it’s former beauty.
On a main ground of the building there is a copy shop, photographer and a bar named “Rotovž Caffe”. On a second story there are some offices and on the floors above there are some apartments. More or less the whole history of the building is written on a wall in a bar, so everyone can read it.
I didn’t have time to publish these photos sooner, so with some delay, here they are now.

Hairdressing salon in Šmarca

This time I took photos of a hairdressing salon in Šmarca (near Kamnik), Slovenia. This particular salon is quite new, probably about a year old and it is quite nice and equipped in modern style. Salon owner has another salon that changed few locations until now, and just recently it moved again, this time next to Lidl in Duplica, but I didn’t do any photos at that location.
Ok, now let’s focus on my photos. =) It is the first time I did a Dynamic Range Increase (DRI) photo (the one with outside view). Until now I just knew how to do it in theory, but now I had a chance to do it in practice as well. I think it turned out quite nice. For people that don’t know what DRI means – it’s when you merge two photos with different exposure. That is usually used in case where indoor space is much darker than outdoors, so you take one photo that makes indoors bright and another one that makes outdoors dark enough so you can actually see what is outside the window.
I must say, I am disappointed every time when outside view is beautiful, maybe it’s even a million dollar view, but photographer didn’t capture it – mostly because they didn’t know how, or they didn’t take time to work with flashes or in post-production. Views matter!
So, here they are, photos from today. =)

Apartment in a house

As I wrote in one of my previous blog posts I am building my architecture and real estate photography portfolio. This time here are typical real estate photos that are usually used for different promotional reasons.
I must say, it really annoys me when I check different websites for real estate selling and I see horrible, dark, cluttered and crooked photos of buildings. Do sellers think those photos will actually convince me into buying or renting? Well yes, ok, I might get some idea about the place, but for sure I will not be like: “Yes, I want to live here!” Let’s be honest, photos are the first impression and it should be a good one.
It’s kind of sad that most agents and sellers don’t think that good photography should be worth the money and they don’t invest in that, but I am certain that many homes would be sold so much faster if they would start thinking about quality photos. And no, simply buying an expensive camera and not knowing how to use it correctly will not help (I heard that a few times…).
So this time here are some photos of a apartment in a house, no bedrooms for now. I hope you like it anyway. =)

Florist’s shop in Komenda

I decided to stop with complicating my career and life in general and simply go for what my dream career is. I always loved architecture and interior design, I even wanted to study something like this. But it turned out I am not so good at drawing and even later, when I was thinking about this, I knew I somehow wouldn’t fit in this kind of career. But I was still more or less obsessed with this kind of art and design, I always loved magazines and photos with this topic, and different reality shows… Then I started taking photos and I started studying digital arts and that opened my eyes – I realized I want to be an architecture and real-estate photographer. For quite a while I was sure that I’m going to do that, but then everybody was telling me times are hard and I should just get an ordinary job and so on… But the fact is, at the moment it’s very hard to find a job, even harder to get the one in photography (even though I do have a part-time job, but I know that will end in September, so I need to figure out my future a little bit).
Well now I had enough of listening to others, I tried their way and it’s not working for me at all. So it’s time to simply follow my dreams of being an architectural and real-estate photographer. I’m starting to build my portfolio for now, even if it’s just by taking photos of places people let me to… =) Hey, everybody needs to start somewhere. =)
Anyway, as my first portfolio project I took some photos of a florist’s shop in Komenda, because I really love the ambience and cute design with so much character. It’s a start. =)