To Take Home Design Photos
You may take an absolutely stunning home, but when it isn’t photographed well, you won’t be able to share the space with design publications, and your listing will not stand out amidst a sea of real-estate pictures. A few simple techniques will allow you to create the best of your spaces from beneath the lens, and your photos will shine.
J. Hirsch Interior Design, LLC
Play with symmetry. When taking photos of bedrooms, an asymmetric photograph of this mattress and side table is a classic. Simply cut on the bed in half visually and add a proportionate amount of detail from the side table and window treatments on the opposing side.
Focus on details. Working with a very low aperture is a simple way to concentrate in on details at a distance. An aperture of 2 to 3 is perfect for focusing on an object in the foreground and then blurring out the rest of the background. For pictures that are sharp and crisp in every corner of this photograph, use a greater aperture.
A different way to catch detail is by producing a simple diptych. 1 photograph is taken up shut with a wide aperture, blurring out the background and focusing on detail. Another photograph consists of the entire furniture piece or the entire space. Placed side by side, they give a comprehensive picture.
Utilization framing. When composing photographs, make sure you use the frames already inherent in your design. In this picture, the posts perfectly frame the curved sculptures in the lawn. A couple of actions into the right or left and framing could vanish. It helps the photographer to underline the design of this space, the perspectives it generates as well as the sculpture itself.
Jason Ball Interiors, LLC
Framing can also be vital for inner spaces. Here, photographing two chambers at one time indicates the viewer the open texture of this space and highlights architectural details like the arch. If the photographer had taken this photograph straight on from the coffee table, the seat could have blocked the dining area table. With this angle on the area, the dining area table is framed perfectly and the two spaces can be appreciated.
Play with angles. When photographing art and sculpture, experiment with different angles to produce the makeup that most clearly captures the sense of this art. In this picture, the bubble sculpture seems small and somewhat immaterial.
In this picture, however, the sculpture seems more imposing, more to scale and contains more depth. The photographer used a shallow depth of field, beginning at one end of this sculpture and photographing its length.
Modern house architects
The same technique may be used to catch and subtract the length of a space, like this hallway with adjoining study areas.
Peter A. Sellar – Architectural Photographer
Show life in the space. Adding a little life to your design photos is always useful once you are selling a home. This stairway is superbly crisp and clean, but also a bit sparse with no decor. The accession of a female figure walking through the space gives the home a lived in feel that’s attractive to potential home buyers.
Chang + Sylligardos Architects
The figure in this photo accomplishes exactly the identical effect for the exterior of a home.
Taking a photograph of a door half open may also add a lived-in texture to the photographs of your space. Just be sure that you don’t use this trick too often photographing one home. Once or twice in a listing is a lot!
David Howell Design
Utilize a lens that is mirrored. A wide angle lens is a must at the toolbox of anyone photographing real estate. A wide angle lens allows you to stand at the corner or a room and still capture the entirety of this space. You do not need to necessarily get a new lens. Only check the kit lens that came with your camera. Anywhere out of 10-24 mm provides a good wide angle.
Wide-angle lenses may also be wonderful for outdoor views of a home, capturing both the home and the surrounding environment in 1 photograph. In this particular photograph, the photographer is standing below grade to take up at the house, showing the home, the surrounding vegetation as well as the wide open skies above — all variables in a home buyer’s choice to potentially get this property.
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Combine techniques to catch the feel of this space. In this photograph, a wide-angle lens can be used to catch the whole space; the chairs in the foreground are used to frame the mattress and ceiling detail; and also the photographer uses a high aperture that allows everything to be sharp and clear.
Do not worry if your photos don’t look this wonderful straight out of the camera. Photographers often use Photoshop to raise the colour, contrast and lighting effects after the fact. You can use free programs like Photoshop Elements or Picasa to bring a little bit more oomph to your photos too.
Start by making small modifications to the levels, curves, brightness and contrast of your photos to improve the look of your photographs and ultimately sell your property.
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