Atlanta Hotel and Apartment Photography

Atlanta Hotel and Apartment Photography

Professional Commercial Photography for Hotels and Apartments around Metro Atlanta by Real Estate Photographer Iran Watson 770-363-3350

Atlanta Hotel and Apartment Photography

 

Successful Hotels and Apartments around Metro Atlanta place a huge value on quality real estate photography.  Just as 9 out of 10 prospective home buyers use the internet to find their next home,  hotel and apartment tenants are really no different.  The images these prospective tenants see play a major role in their decision to take a closer look.  With over 75,000 hotel rooms and hundreds of apartment communities across Atlanta and the surrounding cities, tenants have more choices than ever before.  Too few or poor quality photos will lead to many missed opportunities.  The right amount of effective images, on the other hand, can be one of the most powerful marketing tools an Atlanta Hotel or Apartment community can possess.

Having created literally thousands of images specifically for the purpose of marketing residential and multi-family real estate, I understand these facts shouldn’t be taken lightly.  This blog discusses how a photographer specializing in interior, landscape and architectural photography can ensure prospective tenants are engaged with the type of imagery that motivate them to take action.

Commercial Photography for Atlanta Apartments and Hotels

Rooftop Apartment Terrace with Atlanta Skyline at Night

 

As both a licensed real estate agent in Marietta and an Atlanta real estate photographer, I understand how important these images can be to a marketing campaign.  Today’s consumers are better equipped technologically and have better access to the internet at speeds faster than ever before.  The days of slow loading images and consequently low resolution photos are a thing of the past.  Modern consumers have grown to expect a higher quality in presentation and the ability to deliver that online only helps to validate the reputation and credibility of an Atlanta Hotel or Apartment community.  Larger and clearer photos are just the beginning, however.  It is true that what you show is just as important as how you show it.  For that reason, a wide variety of images that capture the atmosphere and lifestyle of the Hotel or Apartment are crucial.

Atlanta Apartment Courtyard at Night

Twilight photo of Atlanta Apartment Courtyard

 

Among the most important images that an Atlanta Hotel or Apartment community should have in no short supply are interior photos.  Clean, well lit images of one or multiple model rooms or apartments are the foundation of an effective online photo gallery.  Portraying spaces like kitchens, master bedrooms and baths, living areas and even secondary bedrooms and bathrooms in their best possible light make it easy for a prospective tenant to see themselves living or staying in such a place.  These galleries should be diversified with both informational and emotive imagery.  It is important not only to give the viewer a idea of the flow of the floor plan but also give them a “feel” for the ambiance the space offers.

Hotel photography in Atlanta GA

Real Estate Photography of Atlanta Hotel and Apartments

Lifestyle Detail photo of Atlanta Apartment Model

 

High quality images of all common areas, such as a clubhouse, business center, gym or exercise room, laundry, courtyards or entertaining areas are also mandatory.  In addition to multiple views of key features like swimming pools or tennis courts, these images help to establish the quality of the amenities offered by the hotel or apartment.  In areas where prices are very competitive, the amenity package can be a deciding factor.  In some cases, the amenities are the deciding factor from the beginning of the tenants search.  If there is true value in the apartment or hotel’s amenity package, great images will only drive that point home.

Swim and Tennis at Apartments in Atanta

Real Estate photography of Clubhouse at Atlanta Apartment

Photography of Gym Exercise at Atlanta hotel

 

When customers search for “Atlanta Hotels” or “Atlanta Apartments“, they often want to know more about the surrounding area and businesses.  Incorporating high quality photos of important local businesses and familiar landmarks help tie the property to larger scale convenience.  After all, location is still one of the top priorities for most tenants and if a good location is part of the hotel or apartment’s virtues then it should be presented that way.  Shopping, restaurants, night life, parks, schools… if they are a part of the properties appeal they can help add to the overall value.

Atlanta Fox Theater commercial Night photography

Atlanta Real Estate Photography of Millennium Gate at Night

Atlanta stock photography Piedmont Park in Fall with colorful leaves

 

While there are no shortage of Atlanta photographers that may excel in one or two of the many specialized areas of real estate photography, there are few that possess the entire skill set.  Because of the limited time and financial limitations of many Atlanta hotels and apartments, the photographer must be able to produce both high quality and quantity with minimum resources.  With that in mind, this Atlanta real estate photographer has fine tuned his methods and techniques to deliver just that; publication quality photography at an affordable price.  If you are currently in need of new or updated images for your Apartment community or Hotel in Metro Atlanta, now is the time to act!  Don’t wait, call me now at 770-363-3350.

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 I invite you to take a closer look at my Atlanta real estate photography services.  Should you still have more questions you can probably find answers on my Atlanta real estate photography frequently asked questions page.  Information about my current rates can be found on my Atlanta real estate photography pricing page.  Atlanta Real Estate Photographer Iran Watson services all of the Metro Atlanta area including Cobb, Cherokee, Fulton and Paulding counties and the cities of Marietta, Kennesaw, Roswell, Alpharetta, Sandy Springs, Woodstock, Acworth, Atlanta, Dunwoody, Holly Springs, Vinings and Buckhead.

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Marietta, GA Real Estate Listing Agent

and Professional Photographer

Georgia Elite Realty

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email iranwatson@gmail.com

Real Estate website: Iranwatson.listingware.com

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Atlanta Real Estate Photography – An Electrifying Night in Kennesaw, GA

Atlanta Real Estate Photography – An Electrifying Night in Kennesaw, GA

Atlanta Real Estate Photographer Iran Watson - Lightning Storm Kennesaw, GA

One of the benefits of being an Atlanta Real Estate Photographer is that I often have a camera with me where ever I go.  Every now and then an opportunity presents itself and when it does, I’m ready to get lucky!  On June 22, 2010 a pretty nasty (albeit spectacular) lightning storm rolled through Kennesaw, GA.  The storm at one point was directly over our office building and while I do not recommend going outside and taking pictures under these circumstances, I couldn’t resist.  Capturing pictures of lightning like this has a lot to do with luck.  Typically the show lasts for a fraction of a second, so waiting until you see one pop and trying to react fast enough isn’t really an option.

Here’s how I got these pictures.  First, you will need a good camera, a wide-angle lens and a tripod (something an interior photographer should already have).  When I say good, what I really mean is a camera that has a manual mode and the ability to do long exposures.  Set the camera up on the tripod and adjust the focal length of the wide angle lens until you have a good composition with plenty of sky.  Second, you will need to dial in a few settings.  For this these photos, I set the ISO to 400, The aperture to f11.0 and adjused the shutter speed until about 6 secs indicated a correct exposure (metered off the sunset area).  From this point, simply trigger the shutter to open and wait.  If you are lucky, you will get a nice big bolt of lightning somewhere in the 5 seconds the shutter is open.  Rinse and repeat.

Lightning Bolt by Atlanta Real Estate Photographer Iran Watson

So with this approach, we still get a good exposure of some of the other interesting elements in the composition (like the sunset and starburst from the lights) and if we are lucky to get the lightning, it happens so fast that it does not mess with the overall exposure.  If your camera allows you to bracket exposures, you can also set it up to take three pictures back-to-back with exposures that are within a stop or so of the original (which is easy to correct later if the picture is a little too dark or too bright).  This technique essentially gives you about 10-15 secs at a time of the camera ready to capture the action.

Oh, and my disclaimer: *DO NOT GO OUTSIDE AND TAKE PICTURES IN THE MIDDLE OF A STORM.  ONLY CRAZY PEOPLE DO THIS…

Have fun and BE SAFE!

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Marietta, GA Real Estate Listing Agent

and Professional Photographer

Georgia Elite Realty

Direct 770-363-3350

email iranwatson@gmail.com

Real Estate website: Iranwatson.listingware.com

Atlanta Real Estate Photographer website: IranWatsonPhoto.com

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Photo-Stitched Panoramas – The Poor Man’s Wide-Angle

One of my favorite (and most useful) techniques as an Atlanta Real Estate Photographer is photo-stitching.  As a Marietta Real Estate Agent that does his own photography I had to find a way to capture certain scenes that were either too tight or too expansive and this work around does the trick.  The great thing about it is almost anyone can utilize this as it does not require any special features on a camera to use.  Using the free software sold with most modern digital cameras, taking multiple pictures and stitching them into one panoramic image is simple, if not automatic.

Here are the six separate shots I took out of our hotel room in Fortaleza, Brazil on Christmas Eve a couple of years ago.  This sort of scene is not unlike what I normally capture in my work as an Atlanta Real Estate Photographer.  These shots are hand-held as I didn’t bring the tripod.  I did use the “stitch assist” function on my Canon P&S, but if your camera doesn’t have that feature don’t worry.  I have taken many photo-stitched pictures just by eyeballing it and they turned out great.  Practice makes perfect!

pic 1 pic 2 pic 3  pic 5 pic 6

… and here is the result from the software’s auto-stitch.

photostitch rough

Now with just a little cropping and post work, I got this…

final

With some practice, it becomes very easy to get some great shots that would otherwise be impossible to capture with a standard cameras field of view.  This technique is especially useful when trying to get large, expansive spaces like a backyard.  In fact, you can also get a good bit of mileage out of this shooting interiors as well.  Just make sure you overlap each image by about 30% on the interior shots as it is easy for the photo to look “warped” if there is too much perspective shift from one shot to the next.  Here is a link for FREE software and great info you can start using today.

http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/panoramic-software.htm

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Marietta, GA Real Estate Listing Agent

and Professional Photographer

Georgia Elite Realty

Direct 770-363-3350

email iranwatson@gmail.com

Real Estate website: Iranwatson.listingware.com

Atlanta Real Estate Photographer website: IranWatsonPhoto.com

Photography Portfolio (Flash required): BestHomePhotography.com