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5 ways to take better listing photos with your phone

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01/05/2017 | Author: Editorial Staff

If hiring a professional photographer isn’t in your budget, here are some tips to take better property shots with your phone.

Clean the lens

Your phone spends most of its life in your pocket or purse without a cover on the camera lens. Before you do anything, wipe away dust and fingerprints with a clean microfiber cloth.

Turn off your flash

The flash on your phone is meant to illuminate people and objects within five or 10 feet not to light up a room. Its lack of range will make large rooms seem dark and small. Instead, shoot interiors during the day with every light turned on—keep windows open and try to shoot with them at your back.

Have a plan

With so many buyers’ first impressions of homes online, you need images that capture the layout and flow of the property. Think of how you would walk someone through the listing. Do you start at the side door that leads to the mudroom or the front entrance that leads to the foyer? From what angle would you want someone to see the living room?

Use the grid

Go into your phone’s camera settings and turn on the grid, which superimposes a series of lines on your screen. These grids are designed around the photographic principle of the rule of thirds, which says you place points of interest where the lines intersect. But they can also help you keep your shots level—crooked photos are jarring to the eye and may turn off potential buyers.

Take more shots

Even with planning and good light, you may not get it right the first time—or the second or third. Take many snaps of each view you’d like. Experiment by tapping the screen to focus on different aspects of the room; see what that does to your exposure.

If you can’t hire a professional photographer, these five tips will help you capture your listing as well as possible.

Categories: Business tips
Tags: phone, iphone, listing photos

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