The Big Picture...

I've always had a knack for being able to take the occasional good snap shot (haven't most of us?). However I want to take my photography to the 'next level' so I've set myself a goal: mastering property photography.
This blog shares my journey along my way to mastery of property photography, from the outset to where I am now, and gives you the opportunity to get involved too.

Project Status...

Project 52 AU (a project by Evan Walters to photograph 52 Canberra-region properties in 52 weeks) is currently in "pre-season" status and kicks off September 1, 2009.
I am quickly running out of rooms in my own home to photograph. If you have access to a presentable property in the Canberra region I need your help. I'd love to photograph your property for you. Please contact me.

Thoughts on my first ever real estate photo shoot (just messing around really)

I was about to post to twitter that I was messing around with some of the first ever real estate photos I ever took with my wide angle lens (for the geeks: I use a Sigma 10-20mm lens, for the non-geeks: a wide angle lens let's you capture more image detail, my lens allows me to capture around a 90 degree view so I can capture a lot more image than a standard lens) but twitter is down (?!... This is all very new to me so bare with me while I get things sorted out if I'm wrong).

The funny thing about looking at these images is that I am already pulling things to pieces:
  • "that shot was taken too low"
  • "what's a cat doing in the photo?"
  • "wow, I really blew out (over exposed, resulting in a loss of image detail) those windows"
  • "the kitchen is better lit than the living room!"
  • "the walls look straight but the roof is crooked"
  • "why are there magnets and other bits of fluff on the fridge?"
  • "that bookcase is so dark it almost looks scary"
  • "maybe I should clean up before I take photos to try and show people I know how to take photos, maybe cleaning up a bits a good idea regardless"
  • "wow, check out how much the walls are curving around the edge of the photo" (will someone with more tech knowledge than myself please tell me, is that vignetting or barrel distortion?)

Ok, seems like I'm starting to get a little ranty here so I'll sign off and upload the photo to flickr so you can have a look and pass judgment for yourself. Please keep in mind that some of these things can be fixed with editing and others are just a newbies mistakes (there's a reason why I'm not starting until September you know). I'm hoping my tripod might help and I really need to get into some tutorials on using the SB-600 (flash unit) too.

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