Don't take bad pictures!

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As I scroll through real estate sites I always find poorly shot photos of houses. I always wonder why someone would take a picture of a house that makes the house look bad, when you are trying to sell it. So we have decided to give some free advice:) Hopefully this will help your home look better and more professional. 

The first problem we deal with is dark rooms. Especially if there is no electricity in the house at the time. So heres what to do. First of all try with taking the photo with a flash, however remember the flash can create weird light in your photos and make metal object shiny. So you can try this, but make sure you look at the picture and see how it looks before posting. Now lets try something else.

First, you will need a tripod (You can find a cheap one at wal-mart or most any other store). Put your camera on the tripod and set the mode to "Night" on the camera. The trick to shooting in night mode with a tripod is to use the self timer function. Most cameras will let you set a timer for taking a picture (refer to your users manual on how to do this). Turn on the timer and then click the button. The picture will take in about 10 seconds and should give the room plenty of light. Just be careful not to hit the tripod when the picture is taking, because it could make it blurry. 

If you have questions about this technique please feel free to contact us at or visit Also, don't forget to visit to start having videos shot of your homes! :) Have a great day!!

Posted by

Luke Williams

Truepix Real Estate

Comments (8)

Edward & Celia Maddox
The Celtic Connection Realty - Queen Creek, AZ

Thanks for posting. We always learn a lot from Active Rain blogs. Best Regards,

Mar 09, 2010 01:59 AM
Shanna Hall
Real Estate Solutions - Kirkwood, MO
I love selling houses!!!St. Louis, MO 314-703-1311

I always check my pictures before posting them- it can be listing suicide if the pictures are bad...

Mar 09, 2010 02:00 AM
David Obbee - Agoura Hills, CA

Luke: Those are great tips, thank you for sharing- and they're good for any photos, not just of homes!

Mar 09, 2010 02:02 AM
Joe Hansen
Joe Mortgage - Precision Mortgage Inc. - Phoenix, AZ
Joe Mortgage Team

This is so true. A picture is worth a thousand words, but it is better if those words are positive ones.

Mar 09, 2010 02:03 AM
Lori Bowers
La Quinta, CA
The Lori Bowers Group

Thank you for the tips ! With all of the buyers online these days, the photos need to be clear and appealing.

Mar 09, 2010 02:07 AM
Daniel Howell

Good advice! Good for people who don't know how to use the manual mode on their camera. I would even venture to say that people just take this advice and forget about the flash altogether. One addendum to some already good advice - when doing this, don't point the camera toward direct light sources, like windows, bright lamps, etc. Will keep the auto exposure from tripping out and avoid the likelihood of lens flare. Great job Luke!

Mar 09, 2010 02:08 AM
Luke Williams
Truepix Real Estate - Clarksville, TN

Good point Daniel! Having a bright light in the room while you are in Night bode can cause serious problems.

 BTW...If any of you ever get married or need family pictures in the east Tennessee area, Daniel is the best there is!!

Mar 09, 2010 02:15 AM
Don MacLean
New England Real Estate Center Inc. - Easton, MA
Realtor-Homes for Sale- Easton, Mass 02356

Take multiple pictures then decide.

3 pictures of the whole house does NO ONE justice

Enjoy the day

Mar 09, 2010 02:27 AM