Registering your property as a location that can be rented out for film and photo shoots can be a great way to make a little extra income. You might also experience the thrill of seeing your living room in the next big blockbuster! To have the best chance of your property being chosen as a film location, you need to make sure that the photos you advertise really capture the essence of the place.
Whether you own a state of the art mansion, a modern flat, or a regular family home, good lighting is essential. Your property photos are your chance to give a virtual tour to potential clients, so make them count.
Choose the right time of day
Poor lighting is one of the most common problems in residential photography. A dark, badly lit room is hard to see properly, and with so many film shoot locations available to choose from, directors will often skip over properties that seem to be poorly lit. Luckily, a bit of planning can make sure that your location is shown in the best possible light.
Go into different rooms of the property at different times of day, and analyze the level of light. Taking a few practice photos helps for comparison. Often, what you see through the camera is different to what the naked eye sees.
Take advantage of the golden hours
When photographing the outside of the property, keep in mind the so called 'golden hours'. These are the hours just before sunset or just after sunrise when the sky is softer and redder than it is during the day. The warm lighting of these times can give your property a magical glow that it wouldn't have otherwise. Experiment and see what works best for you. For example, for a spooky looking building that could be used in horror films, sunset could be the perfect time to accent its eerie features.
Check the weather forecast
Photos taken on cloudy, overcast days will look very different to those taken when the sun is shining brightly. Again, it's important to pick what you think is right for your property. Taking photos on an average day will give potential clients the best idea of what to expect. If you take photos on the one sunny day you have a year, directors might be a little disappointed to find out that the usual conditions are very different. Most types of natural lighting can be worked with, so don't worry if you don't live in a holiday destination.
Make photos of your property shine by creating the best possible lighting conditions. Professional residential photography can really increase your chances of turning your home into a film star!