Photos of a home on the Multiple Listing Service can do a lot to show off a place, but a bad photo can quickly turn buyers off. Kathryn Learie, professional photographer of Owen Imaging in Kamloops, B.C., offers several pointers to taking better property photos:
1. Take horizontal photos. The MLS may not properly support vertically captured photos, so you're better off shooting horizontal.
2. Have the right equipment. Use a wide angle lens--28mm or wider--and a tripod.
3. Remove clutter before you shoot. Take note of anything that has the potential to distract in the photo and remove it before you take the photo, such as brightly colored blankets or stereo wires.
4. Take photos in the early morning or early evening of the exterior. The timing of day when you shoot the exterior can make a big difference with lighting. Early morning or evening hours can create the most dramatic lighting for your photos. Turn off your flash and use a tripod, and to capture the best image, use a ladder to shoot the home from higher ground.
5. Watch your interior lighting too. Don't shoot in a room when direct sunlight is pouring into it through the windows or you'll get dark shadows and really bright highlights. Subdued lighting conditions are optimal, Learie says, adding you should avoid turning on any harsh overhead lighting. Try photographing the interior at dusk and turn the lamps on to create a warm, inviting feel.
Source: How to Shoot Photos of Your Home for the Real Estate Market, The Globe and Mail (Jan. 21, 2011)