Take professional bathroom and interior photos on your smartphone

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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.
How to fix yellow colour cast issues on your smartphone interior photos
Option 1
Carry and install cool white light replacement globes rated at 5500k. Not really practical - especially a tenanted property!

Option 2
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.

Option 3
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. 
Poor lighting

You will notice the one element all professional bathroom photos have in common - gorgeous lighting.

Natural lighting is ideal, however not always available. Try adding more light by opening all the blinds in the bathroom and surrounding rooms. Please do not use the flash on your phone. It is a burst of bright light that creates harsh shadows and reflections.

Step 1
A portable light is a great solution, as it has a rechargeable battery and multiple outputs settings. It also has a cover in front of the light, providing even soft light. You can even use this light shining into the bathroom window from outside!

Step 2
Without great light, all cameras slow down to let in more light to capture a useable image. This can result in a blurry image where your hand movement holding the phone creates motion blur.

Stabilise the phone using a tripod. I do look a little silly when attaching an iPad to a large tripod. However, it does make you look more credible when you have a paying client expecting professional bathroom photos.

Step 3
The free Snapseed photo editing app by Google can adjust the brightness, highlights, shadows, sharpness, etc. I have a number of tutorials available on the YouTube channel.

Step 4
Quite often low light images can look really grainy and blotchy (technical term). This is one area that the phone camera has really, really improved. The noise reduction and artefact removal software get better all the time. If you are still not happy with the results – I have an app for that. Android users – check out PicsArt. Open the image, then tap on fx (effects), corrections then denoise. iPhone users – you cannot go past Noiseware. Tap on albums to open an image and it will automatically apply the default settings. Experiment with the options and pinch and zoom to see the results.

Low resolution

Shoot in RAW DNG file format
Saving a photo in this format captures and stores a lot more data and information of the original scene and does not compress the photo. The main benefit: more details in the photo can be retrieved and enhanced when editing the photo.

Android users have so many manual control options in the Pro mode. This mode can be named differently depending on the phone and software update. Each update seems to change the location of where to find the ability to save a RAW file. The latest Samsung update has the option under the picture size menu.

iPhone users will need to utilise a camera replacement app to access manual controls including the ability to capture a RAW file. My favourites include ProCamera, Camera+ and Lightroom (iOS and Android).

NOTE: Most online real estate marketplaces require images to be submitted in a JPEG format. Snapseed editing app allows you to set the output file type and resolution.

Small Space

One of the biggest issues when capturing interior real estate photography on a smartphone is the lens field of view. Yes, it is already what is referred to a wide-angle lens. It is, however, not wide enough for a professional bathroom photo.

There are many lens accessories available. You really do get what you pay for when sourcing a lens attachment. A $20 clip-on lens is going to produce a blurred image with a lot of distortion.

My recommendation is the Struman Optics wide-angle lens attachment for any other device. They have a very sturdy clamp system and quality coated glass that has little distortion and softness in the edges of the photo.

Distorted, bowed walls

Straight lines in interior images are critical. It is one of the first giveaways that the photo is captured on a smartphone. It does not need to be the case. I have an app for that!

The closer an object is to a smartphone lens the larger it appears. When pointing a phone in the direction of a vertical door frame, the point where the doorframe meets the floor and roof are further away from the lens. This causes the walls to be tilted, bowed and skewed. When you clip on a cheap lens attachment, the effect is even worse.

SKRWT and 4PNTS apps

SKRWT app by Mathaeus Jagielski is available in both Google Play and the Apple App Store has an in-app purchase called 4PNTS. This feature allows you to hold the corner of a photo and drag it around to stretch and shrink sections of the photo to straighten the walls. There is a bit of a learning curve – as you can quickly achieve some really exaggerated results!

Reflections

Drastically reduce the reflection as you capture the photo - using NiSi polarizing filter.

Simply clip this filter holder system onto any smartphone, tablet or iPad. The filter holder rotates in front of your lens increasing and decreasing the number of polarized light rays that enter the lens of your camera. It is incredible to see for the first time - the reflections just disappear!

See article: learn how the polarizing lens works.

Remove distracting elements after the photo has been taken using Snapseed app Healing tool.

Snapseed app also has a feature called Healing. This amazing tool replaces/removes unwanted objects. In this case, the reflected lighting from the light source was removed. This can also be used to remove personal, private pictures on walls or clutter that would otherwise be removed prior to an inspection day.

Capture professional bathroom and interior photos on your smartphone
Further in-house training available

Learn how to conveniently and quickly photograph a property, then send them directly to the office - all on your mobile phone!

Various Real Estate Institutes require you to earn Continuous Professional Development points. To accompany your pre-approval application for external points, we can provide the course outline, learning outcomes, session plan and course material.

Suitable for:
Real Estate Agencies, property managers, Airbnb hosts and managers, bed and breakfast hosts, property developers, etc

Course Outline:
This tailored, jargon-free workshop covers practical techniques, tips and apps to easily produce amazing images on your mobile phone or tablet. There is so much more to creating an image with visual impact than simply the tap of the screen. You will learn the limitations of the phone camera and how to easily overcome them.

Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Develop a checklist before capturing a photo
  • Know which camera replacement and photo editing apps to use
  • Capture photographs in different lighting scenarios
  • Learn practical, quick and easy photo editing techniques using phone apps
  • Identify smartphone accessories that can expand your capability
  • Practice applying the skills and knowledge gained during the session

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