How to take the best photos of your property

When it comes to listing your home a beautiful image can be the difference between someone scrolling past or clicking to make an enquiry.

Real estate photography is certainly an art, but there are a few simple tricks that can make all the difference and save you from shelling out extra dollars on professional shots.

Will Anlezark, Field Technical Support at Fujifilm Australia, shares his top tips for capturing great photos of your property.

Use a tripod

It may seem basic, but having a good tripod can greatly improve the quality of your shots.

“A good tripod helps to frame up a shot and remove an unwanted camera shake,” Will explains. “This results in a sharper quality image – especially important in real estate photography to showcase the finer details in the property – and you can shoot at slower shutter speeds to take advantage of natural light.”

Switch up your phone camera

Although the quality of phone cameras are undeniably great, Will says that when it comes to capturing interiors, you can’t go past the real thing.

Don’t worry, you don’t have to go out and get yourself set up with a thousand different lenses and a big DSLR camera, instead Will says mirrorless cameras (smaller, lighter and mechanically simpler than a DSLR) are the way to go.

“Mirrorless cameras can be used by entry-level users through to experts. With lightweight bodies and interchangeable lenses for different effects, they're easy to use,” he says.

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Use the self-timer

A highly underused function on a camera is the self-timer.

“Most cameras have a 2 to 10 second timer that allows you to set the shutter and move away,” Will says. “This can be a great tool when needing to make last minute adjustments to your couch cushions or the lighting.”

Horizons and straight lines

It’s no secret that a wide angle lens is great for property images, helping rooms to look bigger and allowing you to fit more details into the shot.

However, Will warns that if you’re not shooting straight, walls or lines can appear bent.

“The best way to overcome this is to shoot lower with the lens tilted upwards. And as above, use a tripod if the angle allows it,” he suggests.

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Let out your inner interior designer

An often forgotten part of taking your own property shots is a few simple styling touches to the area that you’re shooting.

“Before you get started, make sure to remove any distracting items from shot,” Will advises. “This can be anything from putting away fridge magnets to covering up power points with a vase.”

Golden Hour

The golden hour in a photographer’s world is dusk.

“This time of day, mixed with warm lights inside your home, can provide the perfect combination to showcase the property’s best elements,” Will says.

While interior shots can be taken at any time of day, Will advises you must be aware of where the light is entering the room.

“If shooting interiors during the day make a note of where light is coming in and create a plan for where the best and softest light is to shoot each room throughout the day,” Will explains.

For the hero shot, Will reveals that an exterior photo taken at dusk with all interior and exterior lights turned on is often a winner.

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