As you're walking around with a camera snapping shots of whatever interests you, there are many different cameras that will provide varying levels of quality and capability. Understanding how to use your camera to its fullest potential will not only help you to take crisp, clear pictures, it will allow you to explore your creativity.

Residential photography is a powerful promotional tool that can be used to sell real estate and spark interest amongst potential buyers. Just like portraits and landscapes it relies heavily on the use of colour, light and angles to help give added size and appeal to a room or building. If you're new to property development and would like to take responsibility for promoting the property, following these simple tips will help you to equip yourself with the essential tools needed to take the perfect shot. 

Camera

The camera is the most essential piece of equipment you will need, as it is clearly the tool that produces the all-important product, the photograph. Cameras come in all shapes and sizes, from retro instant cameras to digital single-lens reflex cameras (DSLR). For residential photography it is all about image manipulation, and a DSLR will be perfect for capturing shots that can later be processed using a wide variety of photo editing programmes. DSLRs can also be modular, allowing you to equip different lenses for different effects.

Lens

Lenses such as a fisheye will help to elongate the room if subtly used, whilst a standard zoom lens will provide general-purpose photgraphs with the option to focus in on particular items. This is great if you are creating artistic close-up shots or trying to highlight specific features within the house, such as an antique fireplace to display the character of a room.

Tripod

Using a tripod and an accompanying remote control will allow you to set up your shots and produce images that are consistent with the ambient light conditions, whilst offering you an element of freedom of movement. A tripod not only frees you up to manipulate items within the room and maintain the same camera position, it also allows you to make use of photographic light reflectors and light sources.

Photo Editing Software

Using good quality photo editing software will really make a difference to your final product. Free software is available from the Internet, but paid copies and monthly subscripted programmes tend to offer a wider variety of editing tools.

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