Finding a photographer
When you need top quality photos, you want to know that you are in good hands. Several tradesmen, estate agents included, will claim to offer a ‘photography’ service, but they will rarely have professionals for the job, let alone any specialist equipment. When you need a real professional, you save a great deal of time and effort by using Plentific. The Plentific website can quickly put you in touch with some of the best photographers in your local area. Comparing them will be easy, as each Plentific Pro has their own profile page displaying their qualifications and customer reviews. By hiring a ‘Verified’ photographer you can also qualify for the Plentific Guarantee, which will cover your project from start to finish.
What do you need to know about hiring a photographer?
Something that you should keep in mind before starting your search for a photographer is that experience with one type of photography may not transfer well to another. In other words, a wedding photographer might not know the best way to take pictures of a property, and so on. Because of this, it is very important to check the portfolios and experience of your candidates; make sure that they have worked on projects similar to yours in the past and that the general quality of their work is good enough for your standards. Do they know how to use light and angles properly? Is there blurring in any of their photos?
You should also be prepared to discuss your personal requirements with your candidates. How many photos do you need and what quality do they need to be? Similarly, you should know exactly how you will receive your photos: will you get your copies in a CD/ DVD or digital format? Know what you need and what you are due, and you should have no problems getting what’s coming to you from your photographer.
Another thing to ask about is equipment. If a ‘photographer’ intends to use their camera phone or a basic model camera then you should hardly be paying professional rates, especially if you need high quality pictures!
When discussing your project with a photographer, you should also be sure to discuss prep work. Photos of a house are more likely to attract a buyer if the house is clean or freshly decorated. Ask about the best ways that you can prepare for the project; you may well need to hire a cleaner or decorator to get things ready.
What does a photographer do?
A professional photographer is an expert in capturing and editing high quality pictures. This kind of work can be vital for home improvement projects: an architect or landscape designer might need pictures of a finished project for their portfolio, or a homeowner could need top notch photos of their property to help them sell it.
Another thing that you can be sure of is that a professional photographer will have professional equipment and training. Although becoming a photographer does not technically require qualifications, most professionals will have completed an industry-recognised course. High quality candidates may also belong to a national organisation, such as the British Institute of Photography (BIP). These groups have strict entry standards (usually requiring specific-level qualifications) and members will be expected to deliver great work on every job.
Certain photographers may also offer more advanced services, such as construction 360° virtual tours, though these services will usually be expensive. Most photographers will also be familiar with image editing software such as Photoshop and will be able to improve or alter photos as necessary.
How much does it cost to hire a photographer?
When looking for a photographer you should always keep in mind that you are paying for quality. Because of this, it can pay to collect several potential quotes so that you have a clear idea of what the required service is worth. This should include any quotes offered by estate agents or other tradesmen, though you should take extra care when viewing the quality of their work and asking about their equipment.
Different photographers may charge a variety of rates. You could be charged by the hour, half day, full day or even per photo! Again, make sure you have a good idea of exactly what you require so that you do not end up paying for time that you don’t need.
Generally, you expect the day rate for a photographer to vary between £250 and £550, or between £150 and £400 for three hours. Once again, be sure to collect several different quotes for your project! You should also be aware that most candidates will have a minimum callout fee and that you could also be charged for travel expenses. To avoid hidden fees, ask for a price breakdown as soon as you are given a quote and ask about anything that you are unsure of.