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Do it yourself photography tips.

Written by Brad Errington.

List4Free agent services provider.
Licensed Real Estate Agent.

Interior photography can seem like an art form limited to glossy magazines and flashy design websites. But even if your home is far from being featured in a magazine,  you will still benefit from having quality photographs to showcase to buyers.pexels-photo-442573.jpeg

With a little bit of planning and setup, anyone can take more inviting home shots by learning to navigate a few camera settings.

You don't necessarily need professional gear to take great pictures — it's just a matter of compensating for the limitations of your camera by following a few basic tips. 

Before you get to shooting, spend some time arranging furniture and accessorizing to help tell your home's story.

DO: Shoot with a wide-angle lens.

A wide-angle lens can capture more of your scene in a single shot and also make rooms appear more spacious. But too much of a wide angle can cause distortion — also known as the fish-eye effect. 

Use a lens that has a focal length of 14 to 24 millimeters and try to shoot only a few pictures at that extremely wide angle. In the below picture, the entire kitchen is captured in a single image, which allows the viewer to understand how the kitchen flows into adjoining rooms. Wide-angle shots reveal a lot about a space. pexels-photo-271647.jpeg

DO: Utilise your natural light.

Pull back your curtains and open up your blinds so that as much natural light as possible gets into each room. Colours will stay true, and your picture won't have as much of that yellowish tinge.

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Ideally, you should try and compose your shots around the light. Avoid areas that are very dark or bright.

The natural light from this window is flooding into the bedroom, which is great as you can avoid using the camera flash that will produce shadows.

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Again, using the natural light to light this room is also better as it ceates an even light distribution throughout the room.

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In this case the shuuters are left open to bring in any additional light and to minimize shadows on the right side of the image.

DON'T: Use a flash unless your experienced.

In the auto mode, camera settings may trigger the flash if the room is too dark. It's tempting to use it, but pictures look much better without it. Adjust your camera settings to slow the shutter speed and turn off your flash. Let in natural light instead. 

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In this picture the flash creates a strong shadow under the vanity cabinet  

DO: Mix artificial and natural light.

Even in a space a bright window, it can be advantageous to turn on a few lights to give the space warmth.

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A bedroom, for example, will feel more cozy or warm with the pendant and side lights turned on.

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Always try to avoid excessive use of fluorescent lighting, which can give the photo a slight green colour in, for example, a kitchen.

If lighting is proving tricky for you, adjust your camera's white balance settings. Most digital cameras have auto features that will adjust for certain conditions.

DON'T: Rely on artificial light alone.

This picture was lit only with artificial light. Not only is the image dark, but the whites are very yellow and the colors are dull. This furniture in this large display floor appears to be dull and uninviting but in real life are truly stunning .

by Lauren Donaldson

Do: Remove the cars.

Your photgraphing the house not the cars. Remove them from all shots.

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DO: Don't be afraid to shoot at a downward angle.

Mirrors and glossy surfaces should always be captured at an angle to avoid you making an accidental appearance in the image and it makes tiny rooms feel more spacious ...BUT make sure you close the cupboard and close the toilet seats, they can easily ruin the shot. However, it is always good practice to avoid the drastic angles like in the image shown below and use a lower camera position.

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DON'T: Intrude on the shot.

It is best not to show pets or children and try to avoid photographs that show any personal identification.

Don't Rush.

The most critical tool you can have when photographing your home is patience. Making adjustments to your space or figuring out settings on your camera can take time, but that practice will only make your shots better. 

If the challenge of photographing your entire home feels overwhelming, take it on in pieces. Build your confidence by starting with one room and work to make that shot perfect. Only tackle the rest when you have successfully captured your first space. 

Great shots are possible even with minimal equipment. With a little effort your home photos will shine.

Not for you?

Remember, if it's not for you, why not chat with a List4Free professional photographer who can photograph your property for you.

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