Tips on Photographing Your For-Sale Home

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If you’re in the process of putting your home up for sale, you may find yourself unsatisfied with the staging photos you’ve taken. They might look dull, dark, or just not quite right. Here are several tips for taking quality photographs of your property.

Angle Your Photos
Consider the angle that you’re using for your photos. Without distorting the perception of the rooms, try to use a flattering angle for photographing. It’s better to focus on an area where two walls meet, rather than centering on a plain, flat wall. More dimension is shown with proper angles, and rooms look bigger when photographing from a corner, doorway, or even a window.

Proper Lighting
Include as much natural lighting as you can, but if you happen to be photographing during a stormy week, natural lighting can be replaced with the lights in your house. Consider replacing the bulbs with LED lights if you don’t already have them. White lights are great for making a home look its best, as they eliminate that orange and yellow glow that is common with older bulbs. Proper lighting makes a room more appealing to the eye.

Clean Up
No matter how good your lighting angles are, your photos are going to look bad if they’re focused on a dirty or cluttered space. Spend some time cleaning the house before photographing. The cleaner, the better. Stage the house the way that you think it should look if you were expecting visitors to arrive. Cluttered and messy spaces are detrimental for both photographs and showings. People in the market are more inclined to schedule a viewing if the space appears to be well-maintained.

Photograph Important Features
If you have one section of your home that stands out above everything else, showcase it. If you have a beautiful kitchen, take several photos of it. Draw attention to the more remarkable parts of the house. It’s better to see several angles of a great kitchen than three or four photos of the same empty room. If the back yard happens to be an exciting focal point, emphasize the mature trees, immaculate lawn, or lush garden.

Maintain Realism
You want your home to look its best, but that’s all. Don’t go out of your way to make the property look like anything other than what it is. Avoid using photos to distort the size of the rooms. Though it seems appealing, don’t completely cut out damaged parts of the house from photos. When potential buyers arrive for a showing, they’re going to notice that the house does not look like what the photos advertised, and it isn’t going to make them want to put in an offer if they feel misled.


Don’t Forget the Outside

The outside of a home is just as important to photograph as the inside. Exhibit the size of the yard, the condition of the entryway, and the surrounding area. Take photos showing the condition of the outside of the home and yard. It’s best to clean and maintain the area beforehand, as it will provide a richer viewing experience if the whole property appears to be taken care of. For aerial views, using a drone is becoming popular in real estate photography.


There you have it, several simple tips for getting the most out of your real estate photos. When in doubt, there is always the option available to hire a professional photographer for capturing the true essence of the property.