Take pro HDR photos

Perfectly exposed, professional pictures that will make your properties shine. With your smartphone.

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Written by Francesca M. Napoli
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It's simple. Open your Nodalview app, log in if you need to and tap on Create a property (on tap on and enter an existing one).

💡 Remember? A "property" is a folder containing all the media content related to one specific property (that can include photos, 360° panoramas, videos and floor plans). Makes sense, right?

Enter a name for your property. You can also enter the location now, or do it later. Click on save.

💡 The name of the property is publicly visible - don't use the name of the landlord or the address.

Swipe to get to the Photo tab. Allow Nodalview to access your camera and your location (don't worry, it will only be used to help you locate your properties more easily).

Tap on Take photo. The capture screen will look like this. Wanna make sure you understand everything? Keep reading. Would rather jump straight to the next step and take your first photo? We've got you.

1. Interior/exterior mode

Pretty self-explanatory, right?
Interior mode: to be used when shooting the interior of a property. Most of the time, basically.
Exterior mode: to be used when shooting the exterior a property (areas like gardens, terraces, rooftops, facades, streets).

What's the difference? The number of brackets that will be executed for the picture. In interior mode, more brackets are needed because of light conditions.
Feel like learning more about bracketing? Read this article!

2. Optical zoom levels

The following explanation is a bit complex - feel free to skip it if it's too much. All you need to know is - as you can easily guess - that this values allow you to choose between different zoom levels.

If you wonder why you cannot choose an in-between value like "1,7x", expand this toggle to keep reading! 🤓

The optical zoom uses the lens to physically magnify the image. The different optical zoom levels exist according to your smartphone cameras' specs in terms of hardware (the lenses).
Example: your phone has 3 cameras? You'll be able to choose between 3 different optical zoom levels.
Using the optical zoom ensures you get the best resolution possible for your photos.

So, why can't you choose an in-between value like "1,7x" as you can do with your native smartphone camera? Because then you would be using a digital zoom, which enlarges the image using digital signal processing, therefore reducing its quality. In short: optical zoom brings the object closer before you capture it - digital zoom resizes the image digitally after capturing it.

💡 Pro tip 💡
Using the optical zoom will allow you to obtain the best image quality.
Resize or zoom your image afterwards with the integrated Photo Editor.

3. Gyroscope

A smartphone gyroscope is a mechanism that provides simplified yet accurate measurements of orientation. In short, it's what makes your screen auto-rotate.
Within Nodalview, if the gyroscope is activated, it will show the axes lines in the middle of the capturing screen. They act as a levelling tool. When the axes lines are green, you will obtain a straight photo with a professional look!

⚠️ If you cannot activate the gyroscope (the icon is greyed) within the Nodalview app, it means that your phone does not possess a gyroscope or does not allow external apps to access it.

4. Timer

Allow you to set a delay of up to 15 seconds. The Nodalview app will count down and capture the image at the end of the selected delay.

Take your photos in landscape mode

Turn your phone horizontally - keeping it in landscape mode will give your photos more depth. Also, 4:3 is the most accepted format by Real Estate portals.

Make sure you have a steady hand. Or, even better: use a tripod!

Do you have a tripod? Watch this video to make sure you set it up correctly.

Ready? Tap on the central button. Observe the Nodalview magic in action. Yes, that's the automated bracketing 😉

Don't forget to tap on CREATE HDR after the preview to validate and save your photo.

The the transfer towards the web platform will start. You will be able to observe, edit and download your photos soon!

Select the transfer mode from the settings of the app

Tap on the settings wheel top-right of the screen and look for Automatic transfer.

You can choose between 3 transfer modes:

  • Always: will use your mobile data whenever you are not connected to a Wi-Fi network.

  • Only if connected to Wi-Fi: will only transfer your content whenever you are connected to a Wi-Fi network.

  • Never (offline shooting): will not transfer your content at all. We do not recommend this option (otherwise, how can you use those amazing pictures?!)

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