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03/30/2016 | Author: Editorial Staff

Did you know that the number-one feature buyers look for on your website is photos?  Don’t risk turning them off with images of cluttered spaces, poorly-lit rooms, or shots that don’t show off a home’s features. Either work with a professional photographer or follow this advice for the best results.

Use a wider lens. You can take decent photos with a smartphone, but its built-in lens limits your range. Try an add-on lens that clips to your smartphone’s camera lens. Many vendors sell kits with three or four lenses that offer even more flexibility.

Light it right. Don’t bother with a flash—it won’t illuminate an entire room, so turn on lights and open windows instead. A sunny morning or late afternoon works best for interior and exterior photos. If it’s sunny, any time of day works for interior-only photos.

Try a tripod. A tripod stabilizes your camera to avoid low-quality images, even if you’re just setting your device on a flat surface. Tripods are also ideal for long-exposure photos in low-light environments.

Keep your camera within reach. Hold your camera in both hands and use your elbows to steady your arms against your body. If you need to zoom in on an area, walk closer rather than moving your arms out.

Consider different angles. When highlighting one particular element—a fireplace or pool, for example—know that it shouldn’t necessarily be in the center of the shot. Shoot from several angles, and don’t expect to fit an entire room in the frame.

Stage first, shoot second. For indoor shots, at least clear off countertops and remove furniture from crowded rooms before you take out the camera. Outdoors, move toys and equipment out of the frame.

Take more photos. Give yourself options by snapping multiple photos from various angles and then selecting the best ones when you’re reviewing.

Tap into an app. Pair the convenience of a mobile device with the impressive results of a high-quality camera. REALTOR® Magazine reviewed a few cameras that wirelessly connect to your smartphone for easy editing and uploading with mobile apps.

If you do nothing else, rotate your phone. Snap photos while holding your smartphone or tablet horizontally, not vertically, to avoid those unsightly black bars on the sides of your photos.

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