Home Staging Pros Top “10”
Picture Tips for Home Sales
Here are some simple photo tips for creating great
pictures of a home. Photos are even more important in this digital age since 80% of
home buyers start their search online.
In this housing economy
having a beautifully, professionally staged home is critical in order to
Here are some critical picture taking pointers to
1. Go For Volume -With digital cameras, you can never have enough photos so feel free to
snap away! Plant yourself in every corner of the room and take the shot. Don't
simply stand there and shoot, get low or high (on stairs or chair) in order to
produce a more interesting picture that draws the buyers eye.
2. Turn On the Lights -Every light in the room must be on and your blinds
or drapes should be open! Indoor light has a photographic quality all it's own
that adds warmth and color which adds a rich effect that emotionally draws in a
3. Turn Off the Flash -Take a picture with a flash but ALWAYS take one without
the flash which will usually be your inevitable first choice shot. Why? Because
the flash adds a hard light quality whereas removing the flash forces your camera to draw in as much natural and
artificial light adding a warm, comfortable glow to the shot which buyers can
*REMEMBER - You must have a steady hand otherwise
there will be blurring. A photographers trick is to steady your arms against
your body, specifically, pushing your upper arms into your chest as you shoot.
At the same time, spread your legs wide so as to have a tripod effect. Another
trick is to lean against a wall or door frame to steady your shot.
4. Always Review Every Shot -Digital cameras allow us to review the shot in the
viewfinder after it has been taken so make sure you do this. A camera sees
quite differently than us! We are taught to be extra critical of what the
camera sees so many times you will catch things in the picture that you
wouldn't have noticed otherwise for, example bed; sheet sticking out, cluttered
counter top or faulty wall hanging.
5. Go Green -Savvy Realtors know that the trick to taking a great back yard shot is
to shoot from behind some greenery back at the house at the far corner of the
yard. This not only produces an interesting angle of the entire yard but many
times adds a fringe of green leaf/plant in the edge of the shot as to give the
viewer a sense of peering in from behind foliage.
6. Don't Center Everything -Create interest by positioning focal points to the
left or right rather than center.
7. Shoot for Magic Hours -An hour or two after the sun rises and before it
sets is when the light is it's softest, warmest and most flattering.
8. Avoid Back-lighting -Make sure the light from windows is coming from the
side or behind you to avoid glare. This tip is critical and most often the one
we see people not following on Realtor.com!
9. Shoot From Different Vantage Points -Squat low or climb the stairs to take a variety of
shots from different angles...it's digital so shoot away!
10. It's In The Details -Look at every detail and photograph some of the
emotional connection points in each room to "zoom" in on staging
11. Touch It Up -Use a photo optimizer like Adobe Photoshop to put
the finishing touches on your photos.