Taking great photos of your home
Taking great photographs is a skill but with a few simple steps, you too can take fabulous pictures for your Love Home Swap listing. Experience shows that members are far more likely to hear back from and be contacted by other members when their profile displays clear, bright and insightful photographs. We're all here to meet new people, see their lovely homes and, in time, enjoy them ourselves after all. So today's guide is aimed at making that happen; one pretty picture at a time.
Taking great photographs is a skill but with a few simple steps, you too can take fabulous pictures for your Love Home Swap listing. Experience shows that members are far more likely to hear back from and be contacted by other members when their profile displays clear, bright and insightful photographs.
We're all here to meet new people, see their lovely homes and, in time, enjoy them ourselves after all. So today's guide is aimed at making that happen; one pretty picture at a time.
- Before taking any photographs, decide on the key rooms and spaces to capture. Think about those areas that matter and those that don't - small toilets, cupboard areas or dark hallways for example, may be spaces worth excluding. Including a few shots of nearby areas of interest like cathedrals, beaches or markets may help your potential swappers envisage living your life - inside and outside the home.
- Then, one room at a time, take a look at everything you love in it - followed in contrast, by everything that might just belong in the sink, bin or cupboard! Clean and move items that fall into the second category away, remembering that despite maybe being accustomed to a stray toy or glass somewhere odd, such items should probably stay away from your on-site listing! Tuck chairs and draws in, banish dark rooms by draw the curtains back and switch lights on if necessary.
- With everything you love, ponder on how best to show it off. Re-arrange flowers, neaten your beloved books and play around with ornaments so they look their best and most appealing. It is after all, nice to see personal items in photographs, especially when they look pretty and inviting!
Taking the photographs
- If your only camera is your Smartphone, consider asking a friend or family member (in the sharing economy spirit) to borrow their camera. Some camera phones may be fine however; it's just worth reviewing the photographs on your computer before taking every picture. Mobile phone pictures can look wonderful on small and large screens; you just want to be extra careful that they're fine when blown up PC size.
- Start by experimenting with shooting angles by standing in different points of a room whilst looking through the lens. Get a feel for which side best shows off each room. For example, your wall of books may better reflect your lovely front room, than the opposing TV and door wall. A few photos from different angles in each room is great, just avoid including ones that aren't showing off anything in particular.
- Lastly, standing in the corner of rooms whilst shooting, will almost always show off more of the room; especially handy if it's a little on the small side. For shooting the outside of your home face away from the sun, so that instead of in your eyes and lens, it's shining on the front of your home. If the sun doesn't typically point towards the face of your house, for best results take your pictures on a day that's slightly overcast. Generally, natural light around Midday is great time to photograph indoors, particularly to avoid that sun-rise/sun-set glare coming through the window.
1) consider the best spaces & places to shoot
2) set the scene - tidy, organize & beautify
3) capture the right angle - use light and positioning to take the best pictures.
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