We've seen it numerous times where what is clearly a lovely home has been let down by photos displaying lots of clutter, dimly lit photos or worse... no photos at all!
The good news is that you don't need to be professional photographer or have expensive equipment to take good photos of your home - just grab your point and shoot and follow the simple guidelines shown below.
General Tips and Tricks
- Turn off the camera's date/time stamp.
- Don't use a flash when photographing windows or glass surfaces.
- Don't tilt the camera. Photographing a house or a room or a piece of furniture straight-on generally works best.
Tips for Shooting Interiors
- Tidy up the house. Put away clothes in the bedrooms, clean off countertops in the kitchen, and fold the towels in the bathrooms. Generally, clear surfaces of clutter and remember - less is often more.
- If possible shoot in natural light without the flash. Choose the time of day when the sun illuminates the room. However make sure your photos are not too dark - if you have to use your flash try to choose an angle that avoids harsh shadows.
- Select the best possible portion of a room to photograph.
- If your camera allows, try setting the lens to a wide angle to frame as much of the room as possible.
Tips for Shooting Exteriors
- Frame your home so that you include some extra space around it. This gives the building context.
- Try to keep the sun behind you. Whenever possible, utilize softer early morning or late afternoon light.
- If you have a garden you could try to take photos just after it rains - this can make your blooms look rich and bright. To recreate this effect, you can water everything well.
Send us your photos
If you are still unhappy with your photos please do send them to us at [email protected] and we will use our photo editing software to try to bring out the best in your photos before uploading them to your home swap listing.