Then & Now – Chesham Place (Chelsea)

I’ve been doing photography real-estate photography for the past 3.5yrs and occasionally I do have to go back to properties I’ve shot before for various reasons.

Sometimes it’s due to some rooms not being completed and just having to grab the missing rooms, other times it can be the property has since been refurbished.

I had photographed a simple 2 Bed Flat in Chesham Place, Chelsea, back in December 2013 and today I had to revisit this property.

Nikon D7000 with Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-f/5.6 @ f/5.6, ISO400, 1/25sec, Flash (unknown)

Nikon D7000 with Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-f/5.6 @ f/5.6, ISO400, 1/25sec, Flash (unknown)

Upon entry I immediately noticed a few things had changed.

The rooms had been decorated and the furniture had been removed.

However, being back in this property made me realise how your ‘photographers eye’ changes over time.

Back in 2013 I was still getting to grips with this genre of photography but I did feel at the time I was at a good level. Looking back now, in August of 2016, I would have a lot more advice to offer my younger self for this genre of photography.

Simple things such as keeping the height consistent throughout your shots as well as using the correct focal length and positioning of the camera to minimise distortion whilst maximising space.

I’ve developed a standard over time which has allowed me to produce a consistent look and feel to my images. I am now able to enter a property and automatically know which angles to go for which fully showcases the properties.

I am currently in the midst of writing an eBook with everything I have learnt from and for Real-Estate Photography and it will be released early 2017. A few of the chapters from the book will be featured as blog posts over the next coming months whilst I iron out the creases.

This blog post was to demonstrate that not all photographers are the same. Even comparing 2013 ‘me’ with 2016 ‘me’ you can see a huge difference to what I am producing now with my real-estate work.

Below are a few before/afters for the same rooms/similar angles at this property.

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