I could start writing a whole post on how to shoot your place, yes. Since my time has been short lately (and I’ve had extra work this weekend, yay!) I found a nice post on Apartment Therapy that gives tips on how to take photos of your place.
Either you’re selling your home or just renting it – watch out, Airb’n’b-ers! – there are little things to consider when shooting spaces.
The whole post can be read on the blog, but I’m quoting here parts of it, so read theses points and go to the full post to get more information.
Make it crisp
We suggest using a tripod to capture straight and crisp shots. You’ll have results that aren’t blurry in the slightest, and using a tripod will help you line up straight shots when you’re capturing the architecture of a room.
Get a straight shot when you can
Don’t have a tripod or are not using a DSLR camera? No problem! Try to keep your smart phone straight up and down (parallel to the walls) when you snag your shots.
Shoot before and after photos from the same angle
If you are submitting a before and after project of a room you’ve transformed, make sure that some of the beautiful after photos are taken from the same angle as the before photos. This will help readers understand the changes you made more easily.
Aim for natural lighting when available
Your shots will look cleaner and your white balance (when the white surfaces in your photo look white and not yellow or blue) will be easier to get right. Shadows won’t look funky. If you have the ability to adjust the brightness of your shots before sending, try it. Brighter is usually better for seeing your home’s style.
Use one type of lighting per photo
Don’t mix different temperature and lighting types in one photo. (I personally prefer table lamps and light fixtures off or dimmed low). You’ll find your photos are much more natural looking. If the room just feels too dark without turning lights on and you are using a DSLR camera to capture your space, use your tripod and leave your shutter open longer to get the
Wider room shots
Readers don’t just want to see close-ups of design details; they want to understand how a room is arranged and how the design looks as a whole. It’s fine to include a close-up of a design detail or two in your submissions, but please try to capture your main rooms in their entirety so we can understand your whole space.
More meaningful vignettes
Supplement whole-room photos with more detailed vignette shots of elements that are worthy of a close-up or have a great story.
Toilets, clutter, and wires, oh my!
You don’t have to style these homes like a magazine shoot, but try to avoid highlighting TVs. Stuff wires out of the way if you spot them. Move your laptop and phone chargers. Angle yourself away from mirrors and reflective surfaces. Straighten pillows and picture frames. And put those toilet seats DOWN.
Even if you don’t need to take photos of your home, just try it for a second. That model isn’t going anywhere 🙂