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!
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.
Don’t leave things lying around, unless they are there to improve the aesthetics of your home photo, like these storm troopers.
And, for all home accessories, make sure they are arranged nicely and neatly.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
But if you want to focus on just the photo subject, you could consider taking portrait shots.
Or, if it’s in a narrow space, portrait shots will make the deal too.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!