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How to take awesome photos of your home that'll wow everyone!
May 9, 2017

Whether you are trying to rent/sell your home or have just done your home renovation, you’ll need to take awesome photos of your home to show it off. After all, research shows that homes listed with better quality photos fetch a higher selling price and are bought off faster in the market. But what if you’re a photography noob? Here’s how to take beautiful shots of your home, like a pro, without needing the vast experiences of one!

The good set up

First things first, you need to get your home ready before the shoot. So, keep it neat and tidy. 

If you’re taking shots of your bedroom, make sure the bed covers are neat and straight. Crumpled bed covers can make the space look really untidy. The same goes for your sofa, carpets and all things fabric.

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Interior Designer: Distinct Identity

Don’t leave things lying around, unless they are there to improve the aesthetics of your home photo, like these storm troopers.

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Interior Designer: Weiken.com

And, for all home accessories, make sure they are arranged nicely and neatly.

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Interior Designer: Free Space Intent

The best time to take awesome photos

Now, this has nothing to do with Feng Shui. Rather, it has to do with the natural lighting that you get at different times of the day. Our experiences in showcasing a huge library of home design photos tell us that the most popular photos are those taken during the day, with indirect natural lighting. These are also the photos that tend to look more professionally taken.

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Interior Designer: De Style

If the natural light is direct, or too glaring, you could make use of opaque curtains to keep the home looking bright, but not overly exposed. And, never ever use a flash for your home photography. That’s totally off!

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Interior Designer: Ascenders Design Studio

The best camera angle

If you’ve seen many professionally taken home photos, you would have noticed that most of them are taken either taken from a low angle (slightly below your eye level), or taken from an elevated angle (slightly above your eye level). This gives the photo a perception of depth which makes it more eye pleasing.

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Interior Designer: Rezt & Relax

And, in all cases, keep your camera straight, either vertically or horizontally. But sometimes, even professional photographers do end up taking slanted photos. The good news is, you can easily correct this, by using a tripod or mounting your camera fixed to a spot for extra camera stability, and using grids in the camera viewfinder (even smartphone cameras have this 🙂 ). The grid lines should give you a guide of whether your camera is straight, like in the photo below.

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This photo is taken vertically straight, as you can see from the red guiding lines. Interior Designer: Interior Doctor

There is also another use for those grids. In photography, there’s this “rule of thirds”, where it’s said that if you place the objects of interest in the intersections of the grid lines or along the lines, your photo will appear more balanced.

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The red lines are the grids you can see on your camera view finder. Notice how this photo has cleverly placed its sofa set at the intersecting points (orange circles), following the rule of thirds. Interior Designer: Metamorph Design

Also, if you are taking photos of reflective surfaces like mirrors, but you don’t want your cute self to be appearing in the photos, why not shoot them at an angle?

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Here’s an example of how the reflective TV console was taken at an angle. Interior Designer: Dap Atelier

The best photo orientation

Another question you might be asking is, should you be taking landscape or portrait shots? It depends. If you want more details to be captured, or if the subject of your photo is wide, take a landscape shot.

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Interior Designer: Imagine by SK66

But if you want to focus on just the photo subject, you could consider taking portrait shots.

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Interior Designer: Distinct Identity

Or, if it’s in a narrow space, portrait shots will make the deal too.

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Interior Designer: United Team Lifestyle

The right amount of detail

In most interior design photos, you will notice they come with a focal point – an object that’s the center of attraction in the photo. Having a focal point not only makes the photo more captivating, but also helps to ensure the photo is not overly cluttered.

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The green sofa, being the focal point, immediately attracts your attention to it. Interior Designer: Atelier Concept

But having too bare a space also makes the place look booooring! One way to spice things up is to add life into your photos. Be it plants, pets or even human, having some sort of life form in your photos can help to make the photo feel real and alive.

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Usually toilets are boring. So, by adding some plants into the picture, it makes the toilet seem more welcoming. Interior Designer: Free Space Intent

And, of course not forgetting something absolutely crucial! A walking path! Interior design photos that show a path for the viewer to imagine walking around the room are found to be much more inviting and hence more pleasing to the eye!

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This bedroom photo has ample walking space, making it easy for viewers to imagine exploring the room. Interior Design: New Interior Design

The right balance

People like symmetry. So having a home photo that’s symmetrical on both sides can appear more pleasing to the eye. And this need not just be a symmetry in design, but also a symmetry in content. That is, avoid having too many objects on one side of the photo alone.

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Take a well balanced photo, just like this where its focus (TV console set up) is spread across the entire photo, from left to right. Interior Designer: Distinct Identity

And in all cases, if you’re ever trying to focus a photo on an object of interest, never ever ZOOOOOOM in to capture the object. Zooming in often creates grainy photos which are a turn off. So, activate your legs and get your camera nearer to it. 

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Interior Designer: Design by fifteen

Another pro tip, is to make well use of negative spaces. Most people don’t like clutter. They don’t look good in photos either. Which is why, interior design styles like Scandinavian which focus on keeping things neatly elegant, are so hugely popular. So, keep adequate negative spaces in your photo, and make the place seem less cluttered.

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Interior Designer: Voila Design

There there, doesn’t it sound so much easier to shoot home photos like a pro now? Get ready to make your home a hot property!

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