Sharon has done aterrific job on this post. She advises us to get a professional photographer for those all important MLS photos. However, if you are oing to take the photos yourself there are some tips in her post and in all the links to other posts on the same topic. They are worth reading.
Tips For Taking Better MLS Pictures
My last post "The Eyes Have It..." was about the importance of quality MLS pictures. In a comment by Rebecca Cree I was asked this question:
"Any advice on actually taking the after shots specifically regarding lighting and angle? "
Great question, Rebecca!
I believe professional photography is the best option. If you are going to take your own photos, take your time, prepare the room prior to shooting, and shoot the room from different angles. The best shot may not be from standing in the doorway. Many times I stand outside and shoot rooms through an open window. I've stood in the closet to get a good picture.
Try different points of view....take a few pics while squatting on the floor, or standing on a chair. Keep in mind you are looking for a focal point of interest...something that highlights a positive feature of the room.
Taking a photography class is a good idea to develop technical skill....but I really believe you either have an eye for photography or you don't and some are just naturally better at it.
Lighting is tricky. When shooting exterior shots you want the sun behind you. Cloudy days are much easier to shoot. For interior....take shots with lights on and then again with lights off, there's a big difference and sometimes one way works better than the other. For best results with lighting....hire a professional!
Here are some helpful posts written by other ActiveRain members :
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