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Tips for Taking Your Own Listing Photos

Posted by admin on June 4, 2020
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Did you know that more than 90% of homebuyers start their home search online?

This means that they have to scroll through tens or hundreds of home listings on a laptop or mobile device clicking only on listings that grab their attention.

Therefore, if you are listing your property for sale, your primary goal should be to capture great photos that will make a potential buyer slow down, take a look, and read about the house. The secret to capturing the buyer’s attention is to make sure all photos showcasing your home are great.

In this post, we discuss essential tips from pros that can help you capture a picture-perfect house and snap the best shots of your home for listing.

1.    Invest in a good camera

First things first. If you want to take great photos of your property, make sure you set your mobile phone aside and invest in a good digital camera. Any point-and-shoot digital camera with at least five megapixels will produce great shots for your listing.

However, if you are willing to spend more on a powerful camera, then go for any digital SLR which offers a wide range of settings and allows you to use different lenses.

2.    Use a tripod

No matter the type of camera you are using, positioning it on a tripod provides you with a chance to steady the camera and be more deliberate in making your composition. As long as you are using a digital camera, you can always take a quick test shot and review it to identify areas where you need to make adjustments before taking the final shot.

The first thing you need to do is adjust the overall composition and the details within your frame by changing the lens or moving the camera- this process works best if your camera is on a tripod.

From there, feel free to make the next adjustments by moving or changing the furnishings and objects in the room so you can capture the most captivating photo.

3.    Light it up

Light is a critical element of photography. In fact, proper lighting is the key to capturing great photos that will wow potential buyers. Therefore, it is always a good idea to schedule photo shoots during daylight hours.

Open the windows and doors to allow in as much natural light as possible. Open the blinds and curtains and let it shine. You can also consider turning on all the lights in the room when you are photographing it.

Try as much as possible not to use the camera’s inbuilt flash function because it can sometimes create shadows and dark corners in your photos.

4.    Choose the best angles and compositions

The best way to show a room in your house is to shoot from the doorway or corner of the room so you can capture as much space as possible. This trick helps to provide context and makes a room look much more spacious.

When taking exterior photos of your home, make sure you start at an angle to the house other than taking it straight-on. This will allow potential buyers to see your home’s depth quite well. Avoid taking photos of objects that obscure your home, such as poles and wires.