Curb appeal still matters, but most homebuyers begin their search online, so it’s important to photograph a home from its best angle. Bad real estate pictures, or none at all, can hamper the sales process. If you opt-out of hiring a professional, here are a few tips to make sure you get the best shots.
Before You Photograph a Home
You don’t need a fancy camera, but making sure your home is clean and free of clutter is the first step to taking quality photos. You want to highlight the space itself, so put away toys, and the dog’s bed. If this leaves things looking sterile, don’t worry— our real estate team offers complimentary home staging as an added bonus.
The Perfect Lighting
Nature provides the best lighting for interior photos. Open the curtains for warm, vibrant images. Avoid using your camera’s flash because it’s more likely to create unwanted shadows. When you photograph a home from the outside, choose a time when the sun most flatters your property- usually an hour after sunrise, or an hour before sunset. Those are the golden hours.
Angles to Photograph a Home
When you photograph a home, try shooting from different angles, rather than straight on. Positioning yourself in a corner or doorway includes more of the space, making it seem open. The last thing you want to convey is a cramped feeling, so go for depth.
Take More Photos Than You Need
Even professional photographers snap more photos than they need. Often they don’t get a second chance to capture the perfect moment. But there’s no reason you can’t also square everything away in one go. That’s the beauty of going digital. Review your options later to pick the best shots. Expect most of them will end up in your computer’s trash folder.
The Real Deal
When you photograph a home, a lot can be done with photo editing and different camera lenses. But, while you want to showcase your home’s best side, make sure you aren’t misleading potential buyers who will eventually view the property in person.
Home Staging Services
We can help you create a listing with high-quality photos that attract buyers. For more information on our complimentary home staging services, please contact our real estate professionals at (925) 595-8047.