If you’re selling your home you’ll want to take photos that show off both the inside and the outside of the property. Taking photos outside, however, is drastically different than inside. You’ll be dealing with a lot more natural light, which you can use to your advantage. However, you’ll also have the disadvantage of having to work with the elements: changes in lighting, shadows, weather and climate, and so on.
In this article, we’ll show you how to take great photos of your home with a digital camera. We’ll cover the settings and angles to get you started, and then it will be up to you to experiment to get those stunning exposures you’d see in a magazine.
Step 1: Setting up the yard
As important as how you take the photo is what you’re photographing. Even the best photography will fall short if they lack the right subject to shoot. Before you even reach for your camera, you’ll need to do some work in the yard.
Freshly mown grass is one of the most important aspects of outdoor real estate photography simply for the reason that it takes up so much of the frame. A full, lush yard will pop in the photo, plus it will tell your potential home buyers that the lawn is well-manicured.
Aside from the lawn, it’s important that other landscaping features be tidied up. That doesn’t mean you have to go out and buy new lawn decorations. Simply make sure that the lawn is edged neatly, that any mulch is fresh and not faded looking, and that trees, bushes, and plants have all been pruned and trimmed.
It’s also a good idea to clean your doors, windows, shutters, and siding of your home. A pressure washer works wonders, but you can often get them clean enough with a good car wash scrubber.
Step 2: Setting up your shot
There are many techniques to photographing the exterior of a home. Some photographers wait until the sun is setting and turn on all the lights in the home creating the sense that the house is the warm center of the property. Other photographers prefer to shoot in the day time with a sunny sky to show of the home’s architectural details.
Whichever way you choose, there are two important things to remember when taking your photos:
First, make sure you have shots with the entire house in the frame. Not only is it more aesthetically pleasing this way, but it also allows potential buyers to see what the house would look like with the naked eye.
Second, be sure to take detail photos of any aspects of the home or property that are of particular interest, such as a pool, patio, or excellent view.
Step 3: Camera settings
As a rule, you’ll want to take your outdoor shots using a tripod. Camera shake can cause blurry, out of focus photos even indoors. But when you’re outside, you also have the wind and uneven ground to deal with.
Move around and take shots rom several different angles. You’ll likely find that shots taken head-on with the house feel flat, whereas shots taken diagonally create more space, making the home and yard appear larger and more interesting.