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3 Tips to Optimize Your Real Estate Photography This Fall

real estate photo in autumn

It’s that time of year again when the leaves turn into vibrant reds, oranges, and yellows, overcast days are king, and daylight fades quicker midway through the fall season.  Now, you might be thinking that this is a recipe for disaster when it comes to real estate photography in fall. But believe it or not, fall is a great time to schedule a shoot of your property and wow buyers searching for their dream home.

That said, here are three tips to help you optimize your real estate photos this fall and impress potential buyers!

1) Schedule early

During the fall months, the sun’s position in the sky is much different than it is during the rest of the year. As it rises earlier, it also sets much earlier.

When the afternoon arrives, even if the sun is still out for a while, the angle at which your home receives direct light will be lower, producing more glare.

In other words, morning shadows are your besties and afternoon shadows should be avoided full stop.

This is why morning hours are ideal for real estate photography in the fall. It’s the time when your property is exposed to the most direct light of the day, so it’s best to schedule early.

How early depends on where you live. But as a rule of thumb, your real estate photographer should aim to wrap up the photo shoot before noon.

White and brick house with a large front yard in the autumn - HomeJab

2) Don’t be afraid of a cloudy day

Contrary to popular belief, cloudy days are optimal for capturing stunning real estate images, not sunny ones. Ask any experienced real estate photographer and they’ll tell you that overcast days aren’t just ideal. They’re a godsend.

This makes sense. The best way to avoid sun glare is to avoid being exposed to the sun. Cloudy days offer that.

They also allow for more balanced lighting throughout your home, especially with window shots. When the lighting is balanced, capturing a lovely kitchen or living room with wide windows and a panoramic view becomes much easier.

And if you’re concerned about your outdoor photographs appearing drab, consider adding a touch of blue sky to them as if it were a perfectly sunny day.  Photo editors can easily include this effect in post-production.

3) Schedule in advance

With fewer daylight hours in the fall, your favorite real estate photographer will have less time to shoot your property.

Also, it’s good to remember that only a few morning hours are optimal for your lighting needs. This is why “timing it right” in the fall is crucial for producing impeccable real estate photos.

So be sure to contact your real estate photographer a few days in advance. You’ll want to make sure that they have mid-morning availability within your timeframe.

Back yard of a white house with steps in the autumn - HomeJab

HomeJab’s Real Estate Photography Services this Fall

A professional real estate photographer will know exactly how to make the most of each tip in this article. After all, they have the experience needed to optimize your real estate photography efforts this fall, including how to adjust to any lighting situation.

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