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Top tips for taking great photos (part 1)

As promised in our blog post about being the host with the most, here’s a quick guide to taking, editing and uploading digital photos to Seeing as your photos will entice people to look at, and book your property, it’s worth taking the time to get them right.

1. Ready for your close-up?

Like an actor getting their hair and make-up done, prepare your room to look the best it can by cleaning it and removing clutter.

Clutter-free Trastevere loft

2. Lights, camera, action! But particularly: lights!

Unless you have professional lighting equipment, natural daylight is the best light you can use for your interior. Morning or afternoon is best. If there’s bright light flooding in, this creates shadows and too much contrast, so avoid is possible. No photos at night using a flash! The flash bounces off shiny surfaces and is distracting.

Artist’s Berlin flat with lots of light

3. What’s my best angle?

You could simply stand in the doorway and take a shot and move to the next room. Or you could assess your room and work out what elements would be interesting to viewers. To help your photos stand out, take shots from different angles, get down on the floor to take a shot of the intricate plaster mouldings on your ceiling. Stand on a (stable) chair to show off your hardwood floors.

It’s the way you look at it that matters

4. Multiple shots.

With digital cameras you can delete unwanted shots immediately, so don’t be afraid to take a lot of photographs. Then you can choose only the very best. If your photos need to be cropped, or the contrast or brightness altered (never fear, this is covered in part 2!).

To part 2: editing your photos…

Written by , June 23, 2011