South Island Trip
I have just got back from a great trip in the South Island with my wife traveling around looking at the beautiful scenery, here are a few of the many pics I took.
Another Satisfied Customer!
I received this letter last week while traveling around the South Island.
Stephan van Lieshout & Maria Cataldo
110 Motuhara Road
11 January 2013
PHOTOGRAPHY OF OUR HOUSE FOR SALE AT 110 MOTUHARA ROAD
Thank you for your outstanding photography of our house as part of the marketing campaign for sale. Your attention to detail and the care you took with each photograph provided a terrific result which I’m certain contributed significantly to the number of people who subsequently came through the house.
You captured the views and the “specialness” of the house and location wonderfully.
The trouble you took to get it right, even coming back a second day to capture the optimal light was hugely appreciated by us. Your service was exceptional.
Stephan & Maria
Its good to know people appreciate the hard work!
A Perfectly Presented Property
This lovely spacious property in Camborne that has just gone on the market is a great example of how to present your property for the photos. The current owners have obviously taken great care of their property and it shows through in the pictures. If you want to see more take a look here
Beautiful Chapman-Taylor House in Auckland
These pictures were taken last week in a beautiful Chapman-Taylor house I was asked to photograph up in Auckland. It was a real pleasure to photograph.
Why I use PC lenses when shooting property photography
Architects, designers and builders go to great lengths to make sure that houses are built with perfectly vertical walls. I think it is important that the same effort is made to keep vertical lines straight in the photography too.
PC (perspective control) lenses, or tilt shift lenses as they are also referred to allow the photographer to look up, down, left or right without actually moving the camera.
Sometimes we want to include more of the floor or ceiling space in a shot rather than looking straight forward from where the camera is pointed. With a normal lens this means pointing the camera up or down which causes the vertical lines to converge either at the top of the image when pointing upwards or at the bottom of the image when pointing down and as you would expect it is known as converging verticals.
It may not sound a big deal but it causes the house to look wonky as if it has been built with walls that are falling over, and who wants to purchase a house that isn’t well built!
A PC lens has an extra set of controls besides the aperture and focus ring. These are the ‘movements’ that allow the lens to ‘look’ up, down, left or right without actually moving the camera. And it’s using these movements that enable you to get a photo looking up or down without any wonky walls in the shot
Of course a photo can be corrected in the software using the perspective control in Photoshop or Lightroom but this causes part of the image to be lost when cropping has to be applied to straighten the image.
Another useful feature of PC lenses when shooting property photography is the ability to create panoramic images that take in a larger view without using ultra wide angle lenses that can be prone to distortion and, in my opinion, change the shape and feel of a room too much causing your potential buyers to turn up and claim “it doesn’t look like it does in the photos!” It’s also helping to manage expectations, we really want the people turning up at your home to have a positive feel about the place, not one where they feel they have been duped by pictures that don’t tell the truth. Using the shift mechanism of the lens I will often take a set of three photos then use Photoshop to stitch them together to create a wider field of view which is often very important when you need to show something like an amazing panoramic view from your decking area.
It’s just one more small technique that will help sell your property.
In the area that I call home I only work with one agent and that is Jason Clark. We met Jason and Kelly when we were looking for a place to buy. My wife and I felt they were good honest agents that were listening to what we wanted and not trying to take us to houses that wouldn’t be right. When they asked me if I would shoot all their properties I felt it would be a good move as they thought like I did, spend the time to get things right and offer the best service you know how. Since then we have struck up a good working relationship as well as becoming good friends and if you are looking for a good agent in the Plimmerton / Mana and surrounding areas I can highly recommend them!