Tips For Taking Better MLS Pictures

Reblogger Valerie Zinger
Education & Training with House Proud Ottawa-Ontario-Canada

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.  

Original content by Sharon Tara

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!

photographer 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 :


Taking Better MLS Photos...


10 Photo Tips To Get Buyers Calling You


Stop Using Vertical Photos in MLS


Photographing Small Rooms


The Seven Deadly Sins...


5 Photography Tips For Listings


Photography Checklist...


Golden Hour and Other Photography Tips

Five Tips on Great Photography...




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Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Good morning Valerie,

Great repost on Sharon's tips for photography!

Sep 17, 2012 10:26 PM #1
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs


One of the basic keys to successful photographs is editing.  Every photograph should be edited.  We use the free service of and recommend it for those that need a photo editing tool.

Have a great week and be sure to have your camera in hand to capture the changing colors of the season.


Sep 17, 2012 10:51 PM #2
Pamela Smith
Award Realty - Sun City West, AZ
Sun City West, Corte Bella, Sun City Grand


I think pictures and virtural tours are very important.  We hire someone professional to do ours.

Sep 17, 2012 11:12 PM #3
John McCormack
Albuquerque Homes Realty * - Albuquerque, NM, Albuquerque Homes Realty

I think I've become a good acrobat while taking MLS photos :)  I've done everything except hang from the ceiling fan to get that perfect shot!  You think I'm kidding huh......

Sep 18, 2012 12:09 AM #4
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Thanks for the reblog, Valerie!  As for the links I've included....the 6th one is particularly good!  The next time John McCormack attempts to hang from a ceiling fan I hope he posts a photo!

Sep 18, 2012 01:54 AM #5
Patty Da Silva, Davie, Southwest Ranches Cooper City, Plantation, Weston, REALTOR
BROKER of Green Realty Properties® - 954-667-7253 - Davie, FL
Top Listing Broker

Great repost. Pictures are so important, and I see so many horrible ones in our MLS, it makes me just wonder whether they really want to sell the house or not.

Sep 18, 2012 04:07 AM #6
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
Hi Valerie, I don't see my three photography posts listed. Boo hoo.
Sep 18, 2012 11:52 AM #7
Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Valerie, I take 2 cameras in addition to various angles and perspectives....just took photos today!

Sep 18, 2012 02:04 PM #8
Janice Ankrett
Janice Ankrett Home Staging - Burlington, ON
Staging Professional

Valerie, Sharon is so right about the importance of MLS  photos. I am always trying to do my part as well. I choose items for the counters that will POP against the back splash and not disappear. There are so many facets to getting that great end result.

Sep 19, 2012 09:20 AM #9
Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Valerie - What a great post by Sharon - I've been known to look like a pretzel when taking a photo in a bathtub of the bathroom.  Lighting is huge.  I find that photographers will always have the perfect lighting, whereas my shots are hit and miss due to poor lighting etc.

Sep 19, 2012 12:42 PM #10
Valerie Zinger
House Proud Ottawa-Ontario-Canada - Ottawa, ON
Home Organizer


We can all learn something that will improve our photography skills.  

Thank you for your comments and I hope you also visited Sharon's post. 

Sep 20, 2012 04:05 AM #11
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Hi Valerie, I also use two cameras and take lots of photos. I just saw on our MLS one of the agents aded 104 photos on a listing...some didn't need to be there as some of the rooms were messy and looked bad.

Sep 20, 2012 04:19 AM #12
Valerie Zinger
House Proud Ottawa-Ontario-Canada - Ottawa, ON
Home Organizer

Rebecca.  Clients are expecting us to use taste and discretion on what photos to include.  104 is just bizarre!

Sep 20, 2012 04:27 AM #13
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