Property photography tips and tricks
Taking photographs of your property might sound like a no-brainer, but it’s not as simple as you think. It’s not as easy as snapping a few iPhone photos, you need to carefully consider each image and the features you’d like to emphasise.
So often we see photos that don’t reflect the true quality of a property, and it’s normally because the photos have been taken in bad light, from a bad angle, or with mess or clutter lying around. CRINGE! Remember, you want to make a great first impression and make people fall in love with your property.
Whether you do it yourself, or hire a professional, here are our top photography tips to capture awesome photos of your property.
Declutter, declutter, declutter!
This is SO important! Decluttering your property before you take photos is ESSENTIAL and one of the best things you can do to make your photos look amazing! There’s nothing worse than photos of messy, cluttered rooms. Clutter will make your house look smaller, and sometimes even dirtier. You should remove all unnecessary clutter to show off the space and the size of your property.
You might think that you can get away with doing a quick clean before you take photos, but it pays to be thorough! Dirty mirrors and glass stand out like a sore thumb in photographs, and smeared benches are not attractive. Ensure all areas are clean, paying special attention to the kitchen and bathroom. Don’t forget to change your bed linen too!
Embrace natural light
When it comes to photography, natural light is your best friend! It can transform a dull, small space, into a bright, vibrant and tranquil haven. Natural light will add colour and life to your photos, so before you start taking snaps consider the time of day, the direction of light, and if you should open the curtains or blinds to let in some sunshine.
Work the angles
It’s not just a matter of point and shoot! Where you shoot from can make a big difference to the end result. Think about the space. How can you make the room appear larger and more spacious? How can you show off the property’s best features?
Don’t be shy to take a gazillion photos! Digital cameras give you the flexibility to take as many photos as you like. The more photos you take, the more chance you have of nailing a great shot. If you’re hiring a professional they will take hundreds of photos and choose the best ones for you.
Giving your property a fresh makeover doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Stores like Kmart and Target are awesome for decorating on a budget and adding that special finishing touch to your property. Fresh flowers are great for adding colour, as are cushions and throws. Beds should always look luxurious, so layer your pillows and cushions and make your bed look like it’s fit for a king or a queen!
Don’t have Photoshop? Find a friend who has! If you’ve taken the photos yourself it pays to give them a simple touch up. Brightening the image, or fine-tuning the colours will make a world of difference to the end result. But, please don’t over edit, fake photos are spotted a mile away and you don’t want people to be surprised when their expectations aren’t met when they walk through the front gate.
Overall you want the photos to show off your property in the best light and entice people to inspect further. Whether you’re taking the photos yourself, or hiring a professional, follow these simple tips and you’ll be thankful you went that extra mile.