Here are a few tips if you’re trying to take real estate photos without hiring a professional photographer.
- Keep your cell phone level. Don’t aim it up or aim it down.
If you keep your cell phone level all the walls will be straight.
- Don’t zoom in – walk closer instead. Zooming in with a cell phone loses quality.
- Instead of getting way back to get everything in the photo try experimenting with the panorama function of your camera.
- Spend a couple of minutes examining the room with your eyes. Check that the doors, windows, drapes, etc. are all the way to want them. Don’t be afraid to rearrange the furniture, add some flowers or accent pieces – it can make a big difference. It’s really amazing how many things you can miss and only discover them when it’s too late.
- Try to find the best time of the day to photograph a room. Some rooms look better in the morning, some in the evening and some don’t matter. Since you probably don’t have any photo lights or strobes this can be an important consideration.
- Think about your composition. What angle should you shoot from? How much of the room should you include? Look at similar images online to get an idea of what you should do. Even professionals do this.
Practice on your own home. You can read all the books and articles you want about taking good photos but there is nothing like getting out and practicing and then viewing your results.
If you follow these tips you’ll have better photos not just for real estate but your all your photos!