How to Shoot Home Photos Like a Pro
There are a myriad of tips that can make you a professional-level photographer; however, we will be discussing some fundamental tips to help out with your home staging/selling. Photography can seem expensive with all of these accessories, but you can rent them out for the day and get it all done if you prepare. Before we get started, these tips are not for your cellphone. They are for a DSLR camera. Alright, now let's get into business!
Tip #1: Use a Tripod
This tip is number one because if you don't have a tripod or something to stabilize your photo shots, all of your images may blur. Not using a tripod can mean an unlevel picture, which can tilt perspective lines and make it less relatable to real life. You want your photo to be relatable to real life because it helps the buyer see the home as their own.
Tip #2: Shoot Low for Indoors
Shooting low at about 3 feet 4 inches seems to be the sweet spot for most indoor photography. Doing this can help the room feel larger. Home magazines do it — so can you. Feel free to use this tip in any room of the house to make the room grander.
Tip #3: Shoot Forward and Level
In conjunction with a tripod to help you out, shooting straight and level can help your composition. It makes it easy for the buyer to think that you hired a professional photographer when, in reality, you did it yourself.
Tip #4: Avoid Wide Angle Lenses and Fisheye Lenses
Don't use these accessories because they are just bad for home photography. When used to take room photos in your home, it can make it look like a 90's rap video. Using these lenses isn't good for the image of the house and can ruin the sale. Stick to basic lenses for these shots.
Tip #5: Don't Use Basic Flash
The flash on your average DSLR Camera is undoubtedly more substantial than your smartphone but is still not nearly significant enough for your room photo.
Tip #6: Use Rule of Thirds
Now, we will talk about composition. In addition to keeping your photos straight and level with a tripod, you will need to know what can make a room interesting. The Rule of Thirds will do just that. The Rule of Thirds is an easy to use compositional measurement tool that will help you make an interesting photograph. It is a graph composed of 9 equal sections that can be applied to a viewing area of a camera or done in post-production to help you place objects within your image in an exciting way. The intersecting points are where you place items in your scene. These items can be bathtubs, poufs, desks, basically anything!
Tip #7: Use Natural Light Indoors
Natural lighting is your friend when it comes to indoor photography. It is the most perfectly balanced source of light that you can get, and when you do get it, it is usually abundant. Keep note of the times of day in which light goes into the room. Take a photo when that occurs.
Tip #8: Rules of Light for Outdoors
Here are the rules for the best hours to photograph the outside of your home listed below:
- If your property faces east, the best time to shoot is in the morning.
- If your property faces west, the best time to shoot is in the afternoon.
- If your property faces north, the best time to shoot is between 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM.
- If your property faces south, the best time to shoot is either early in the morning or during the golden hour before nighttime.
The question you may have is, "Why?" Well, it's all about the sunshine facing your house! Natural lighting is by far the most essential aspect of outdoor home photography, and this is because light accentuates the form of your house. Following these principles puts your home in the right spot when advertising online.
If you choose to photograph in the evening, you should turn on all of the lights inside your home. The lighting will provide an inviting appeal.
Tip #9: Use a Polarizing Filter for Outdoor Photography
Polarizing filters are just about what you think it is. Similar to how polarized sunglass lenses cut out reflective light, polarized lenses do the same for your camera. It is suggested to only do this with areas with a lot of lighting, like with your home's outdoor photography. It can increase contrast and color vibrancy to your photos, which is generally well-liked by most buyers. It can simulate darker green grass and cut out bright reflections of the sun on your home's windows. It is a cheap accessory that can change the way your home looks for the better!
Tip #10: Use a Light Diffuser for Indoor Photography
You aren't going to always have natural light pour into a room, which is why we suggest not using a flash — but using a large light source with a diffuser. Diffused light is an ideal light source in a room for photography and should be used in all rooms, especially rooms with light sources that are dim.