Join Scott Hargis for an in-depth discussion in this video Walk-through and room description, part of Real Estate Photography: Master Bathrooms.
- Alright, let's do this. So we're going to shoot this master bath now. This is the stuff I brought with me today, I've got my standard real estate set up. There's a 5D, there's a 1740, some speed lights, a couple umbrellas and stands, but we're not going to touch that yet, alright? We're not going to be in a hurry to start pushin' those buttons. We got to look at this room. Like, really look at it. Think about it a little bit. So when I first walk in here, the first thing I notice is that I've got the double vanity, the two round mirrors, and just from years of experience, I'm thinkin' about what am I reflecting in those mirrors, am I looking right back at myself? Am I lookin' into corners where there's going to be trouble? There's a lot of glass.
I've got windows all across me, in front of me, big glass shower, and there's even a sky light up here. So that's something to think about. Good news and bad news with the windows. So we've got the louvered blinds here. That gives us a lot of flexibility. The view out the window is kind of nice. It's kind of not nice. We're almost going to have to shoot it and see really what it looks like. There is a swimming pool right out there. It's going to be almost impossible to see it from where I think we're going to be shooting from.
And then there's a lot of cement, you know, which is just does not going to read well to the camera, and then there's some trees and stuff higher up. So we'll see, and there's even a vehicle parked out there. That's not a good thing. We're going to have to think hard about windows, but the great news is, again, we've got these blinds, so if we have to, I mean really, if it was just horrible, I can do this if I want to, right? I can do something in between that cuts the light a little bit but still gives you the impression that you're seeing out there, and I could also just lift them right on up.
Like right now, there's direct sunlight hitting white louvered blinds. That's like the brightest thing on the planet. The view would be much darker, so that's a situation where I would just pull those blinds all the way up, and my life would get much easier. And let's just talk about sunlight, I mean, there's a lot of glass, we even have a skylight up here. And there's a little bit of direct sunlight just squirting right down here into the tub area. If I like it, if I like it a lot, maybe I hurry up and shoot this room right now.
Of course, that can be a big problem, especially, you know, sunlight hitting the white porcelain or surface of a bathtub can be just much too hard to deal with, in which case, maybe I think, you know what, maybe I shoot this room later on. Go do something else in this house instead. Again, I've got pretty good control with the blinds, so we should be okay on that. The double vanity over here, this is going to be important to illustrate, at the very least, that there are two sinks, that's kind of a key component.
The tub is obviously one of these cool soaking tubs, it's got jets and stuff, so that's neat-o. We mentioned that this place is a nice bathroom. It has the veneer of luxury to it, but when you really start stopping and lookin' at it, this is all 80s. This is pretty dated. So it's nice, but it's not like, super duper nice, and we're going to have to work to make it look better. And then again with the shower enclosure, over here, it's big. It's going to be important to know that it's there. I would certainly want to know that it's there if I were lookin' to buy this place.
But there is no way I'm going to tie that to this in one picture. These are literally, 180 degrees separate. This is really going to have to be its own photo if indeed we're going to shoot it at all. It's not like anything to write home about. It's a glassed in shower enclosure, but it doesn't have, there's nothing particularly special about it. So this would be a situation where I would have to talk to my client. I'd say, look. Here's the deal. Got a nice bathroom over here. I can get most of it into a shot, but if you really want a photograph of that, we're adding a second shot to this room.
And if I were to do that, you know, we'd come back to here. I'm going to work on the assumption that we're going to make one photo in here, and that it needs to say as much as possible in a good lookin' way, and it seems obvious that that's going to be from the doorway, and we're going to be lookin' this way. And we'll catch a corner of that glass, so we're going to let people know that there is a glass enclosure there, they're just not going to see all the way into it. One last thing about bathrooms. They all have toilets in them. Luckily, in this bathroom, it's tucked way back into this corner, and I can tell ya, there's never in my wildest imagination is there a photograph that would ever need to be into this corner.
Out of habit, I have to do that. I wouldn't be able to sleep tonight otherwise. Put the lid down if you're going to shoot the toilet. If this was going to be in the shot, we'd have to remove the waste basket, the little scrub brush down there. You can't have those things in your photos. You could have a slice of the toilet in there, and sometimes it's perched dead center in your composition. If you can avoid that, avoid that. But there's a case to be made for including just enough of the toilet to read as what it is, so that people can help establish the layout of the room.
That's not a bad thing to know. I just don't want that thing sittin' right there, being the focal point of the photo, which it will be being like, bright white, this thing. We don't have to worry about it on this shot, that's a great thing. Alright. So I think we're going to be right here in the door way, lookin' in this way, it's going to be a pretty wide-angle shot. But still, before I even pull the camera in here, we got to tidy up.
There's some of this is okay. I don't know about this thing. The scale is going to have to go, the towels are messy, we got three different kinds of soap over here, I dunno about this mirror, so there's some work to be done in here. Let's start by making this place look as pretty as we can make it in a short amount of time.
- Styling a master bathroom
- Using three different approaches to capture the same space
- Finding your base exposure
- Shooting with one light
- Shooting with two lights
- Finalizing a shot
- Editing the final images