The bathroom photo is the biggest give-away that you are using a mobile phone to capture the property, instead of hiring a professional photographer. It is the most challenging room to photograph - you are not alone struggling with this!
The common problems you face with bathroom photos are:
1. Yellow colour cast caused by warm globes
2. Poor lighting resulting in a blurred and grainy image
3. Low-resolution image
4. Small space awkward space
5. Bowed, skewed walls!
The smartphone camera is amazing. It is quick, convenient, you can send the images straight to the office or client - and there is no additional cost to pass on to a client.
TIP: I recommend using WeTransfer for sending multiple full resolution images.
Whether you capture interior and bathroom photos as a real estate sales agent, property manager, Airbnb host or simply want to capture your awesome bathroom renovation.
How to fix the yellow colour cast?
The common yellow colour cast in bathroom photos is caused by the aesthetically pleasing 'warm' globes.
The phone can do an amazing job at compensating for the extra yellow by automatically adding blue. However, particularly in a low light environment (indoors), it can struggle.
Carry and install cool white light replacement globes rated at 5500k. Not really practical - especially a tenanted property!
This balance of colour tint caused by the lights is referred to as 'white balance'. The Android phone has a pro mode that allows you to change the white balance preset from auto to Sunrise/sunset. iPhones require a camera replacement app to access the manual controls. Two that I recommend are Pro Camera by Cocologics and Camera+ by Tap Tap Tap.
One of my favourite mobile photo editing apps is Snapseed by Google – and it's free. Available in Google Play and Apple App Store.
After opening the image in the app, tap on the pencil icon, white balance then auto white balance (AW). Most of the time this does a great job. You can further adjust the temperature and tint.
Option 4 - My Recommendation
Purchase a portable light that has a colour rating of 5500K. This work light from the Bunnings hardware store cost $59 and does a brilliant job. When using this light - trial turning off all the lights to almost eliminate all colour casting issues.
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