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Shooting professional interior videos

a guest post by Chris Feltus

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Just a quick little snippet about me, I am a Realtor in the Dallas area and I have been using professional video (and photography) in my real estate business for several years now. Elisabetta asked that I share some of the secrets to shooting professional interior videos with you guys. It’s really a neat tool to have in your belt and has many applications for interior design, architecture or even home stagers. So here are the top five tips to help you do just that.

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Shooting interior video top tips

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Tell a Story

Video is one of the best mediums to tell a story, so use it to your advantage.

Take the time to film sweeping establishing shots that show the scale of the house or building. Guide the viewer through the home, show them what it’s like to live in this space. Show off the scenic gardens in the back yard, what it’s like to relax on the patio or cuddle up by the fire place in the living room on a cold day.

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Make the Space Feel Alive:

I see a lot of home interior video that looks a little, stale, too pristine and looks like no one has ever lived in it.

To get away from that sterile feel I love to make the spaces I film feel alive.

There are a few cool little tricks that I will share with you to help accomplish that. Peel the curtains back and let the sun shine through, or if it’s a nice day, consider opening the windows and letting a slight breeze blow through. If it’s during the winter consider lighting the fire place or some candles. A few other good tips would be to turn on water faucets, ceiling fans and light fixtures. All of this will help add a sense of movement and a dynamic feeling to your videos that make them feel alive.

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Let Natural Light through

When it comes to video, having adequate exposure is very important. Not only for the feeling of the scene but from a technical point of view.

Often times when filming professional interior scenes we will want to color grade the footage or edit it in some way in post-production.

To get the best results, the image must be adequately exposed. This can be done by shooting with a wide open fast aperture (f1 to f2.8). In addition, turn on all of the other lights in the house as well (light fixtures, lamps etc.). It will look really crisp and clean as different edges of the architecture reflect the light as you guide your camera through.

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Transitional Shots

When it comes to video and home interiors you need to help guide the viewer through the space.

I like to move through the house in a logical manner that helps them invasion what it’s like to live there. For instance setting an establishing shot of the home exterior, to the foyer, through the living room and so on.

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Get the right Equipment

 With video, to get the type of shots that I am talking about, you will need some professional gear.

Specifically a tripod and a slider.

The slider is the secret sauce that you see in my videos that gives you a sense that you’re gliding through the space. There is no abrupt movement, everything is smooth, professional and controlled. Preventing any shaky camera movement (along with correct exposure) is the most important thing to do to get professional interior video.

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Hopefully you guys will enjoy taking a look at what a typical home looks like over here in the United States (Dallas, Texas area).

Probably much different than what you’re accustom to in Italy I’m sure! This is how it looks in photographs…

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…and this is a sample of the same interior presented through a video:

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If you are interested in learning more about shooting home interior video, check out my ultimate guide on real estate video for further reading, it covers all the technical aspects of video too!

PS: Chris and I met “online” as we were both involved in a round up about home improvements (the result was this interior infographic, do you remember?). His post is a nice continuation of Italian Bark shooting interior tips , I thought it was a good idea to give some tips for shooting interior videos as well 😉

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profilo The post author is Chris Feltus and he’s a Realtor living and working in the Dallas area.

He has been using professional video (and photography) in his real estate business for several years now.