All You Need to Know about Twilight Real Estate Photography

Twilight real estate photography adds an extra level of glamour and curb appeal that can take almost any home from ordinary to extraordinary!

As a real estate photographer, you need to master different techniques to succeed in the field. These skills include learning how to take twilight real estate photography.

Without understanding this process, you will be limited in the types of jobs you have to compete with.

We will cover all the things you need to know to shoot stunning twilight real estate photography in this tutorial.

What is Twilight Real Estate Photography?

A twilight photo is usually taken outside the property, at dusk after sunset. Many real estate agents like dusk real estate photography because they “look so cool” and make real estate look very different from the usual simple exterior ones.

Most likely, twilight real estate photos will attract buyers’ attention when searching the internet.

Here is a comparison. As you can see, the daytime shot is very average. After several rainy days, we finally got a bit of a clear blue sky. So here is an average photoshoot to finish off the exterior and interior before the next downpour.


However, with its rich colors and great lighting, the twilight photo will stand out much more when competing with other listings in the same area.

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We choose to shoot in the evening for most real estate listings to showcase the home in the evening. Most buyers watch the property during the day. Therefore, it tells them what the real estate will look like when the sun goes down.

Twilight can be appealing to marketing campaigns. Based on our experience, we feel that any house will look better at dusk than during the day.

Night lights add a level of glamor and appeal that can take almost any home from ordinary to extraordinary!

Get Your Timing Right!

Make sure you know what time your sunsets exactly and be there at least 15 minutes before sunset to figure out your composition.

Woman shooting with camera during twilight

We notice that during the fall and winter, the light drops very quickly. That is why it is necessary to plan accordingly. You can find this information online or by using an app like The Photographer’s Ephemeris.

read more: 5 Tips to get the best Winter Landscape Photography

Open All Curtains and Turn on All Lights

Ensure the timer is active and the lighting is ready before the shooting, which is unfortunately not always possible.

If owners are around, ask them if they can open the curtains and turn on all the lights before you get there.

If the house is uninhabited, get there earlier as it takes a few minutes to find all the hidden light switches.

It will help a lot if you are familiar with the house and know where hidden switches are located. I recommend staying away from exterior headlights

, as they are usually very bright.

What do You Need for Taking Twilight Photography?

First, you need a camera, preferably a DSLR. You can refer to Nikon D850. It is a decent full-frame digital SLR camera.

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Nikon D850

A tripod is a must-have for twilight real estate photography. If you do not know where to start, we recommend Manfrotto 190 Go!, which is very light and portable. You can also refer to some of the best tripods here!

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Manfrotto 190 Go!

The other most important piece of equipment for your photoshoot is the right lenses. Most likely, the lens is much more important than the latest camera gear.

The problem is there are too many brands and too many choices. And it gets expensive when it comes to quality. We suggest you use Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED. It is a truly versatile lens that is good for architecture and landscape photography.

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Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED

Finally, the cheapest device you will need is a shutter-release trigger that is compatible with your camera. With that, you will not need to touch the camera itself, which can add extra vibration to the image while the lens is open.

You may also need a large umbrella and lens cloth to keep your camera dry and possibly clean your lens. Removing raindrops in Photoshop is very time-consuming.

Speaking of twilight real estate photos, you cannot always wait for the perfect weather to take pictures.

To make your images perfect, you will need editing software. We strongly recommend Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop.

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But if you do not have much money to spend on Adobe Suite, there are still many good alternatives that you can use.

How to Shoot and Edit Twilight Real Estate Photography

Shoot in RAW format if your camera has this option. It will give you the highest quality files. And you will be able to adjust white balance and exposure in post-processing software.

When shooting in a format such as JPEG, the image information is compressed and lost.

Also, you ought to use the lowest ISO setting for better colors and less noise.

Set your camera to manual mode and use an aperture between f/8 and f/16. Lenses are usually sharpest in the mid-range of the aperture range. Adjust shutter speed to create a regular exposure.

If your shot is too dark or too bright, adjust your shutter speed. The appropriate setting for taking photos of sunset varies and depends on the scene and your vision.

While shooting, press the shutter button as many times as you can. We usually end up with about 10 to 15 images. We regularly make the final decision as to which one to do the cropping when bringing them up on the screen.

Dusk real estate photography also allows you to bracket several images. The actual process of exposure bracketing is pretty simple. You change the exposure compensation from photo to photo.

Bracketing has the potential to improve your number of beautiful shots under the right conditions (windy and rainy weather are bad ones).

Sometimes, the results of bracketing are great, and sometimes it does not work. For a beginner, this can be a huge learning curve. This article provides a comprehensive guide to bracketing in Photoshop.

For us, the most important thing is the images should look realistic, not look like virtual twilight photos.

Final words

Are you still wondering how to take your very first twilight real estate photography? The only way you will find out is to get out there and snap your very first twilight photo.

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