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Analyzing the Good and Bad of a Property Photo Shoot

September 05 2019

Today, we're analyzing a recently completed photoshoot of a property and will highlight what could be improved and what already looks great in the images. The goal of this blog is to give some tips and suggest things to look out for when shooting your next listing.

Starting with the Exterior of the Property

To give that inviting feel to the home, always keep the blinds open for the front façade shot. This shot is also the perfect example of a photographer not using their hand to cover the sun which is causing the glare on the garage and side of the house.

When using this technique, avoid covering any foliage or the house itself and then continue to take your brackets as normal.

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Shooting the Back of the Property

We want to ensure the potential buyer's focus is on the space itself, and in this case, the smaller items like step ladders, equipment and plants could have been hidden around the corner ensuring they don't draw the viewer's attention.

Be sure to always include the whole home and roofline in your frame rather than cropping out some of the property. This allows the potential buyer to get a true understanding of the space.

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Moving Inside the House

We always recommend removing the stools and mirrors while shutting the open window and partially closing the blinds, where possible. As mentioned previously, we want to ensure the viewer's focus is not distracted.

In this shot, the entire hallway could have been included in the image to highlight the size of the room and the door should have been left open to show what is behind it. Furthermore, simple things like removing the mat and power cord will help the space feel less busy. However, the fan is turned off, which is a must when shooting a property.

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Shooting the Kitchen

You can see in this image the photographer has tried to adjust the blinds. However, the angle is in the wrong direction, which is less than ideal. We would also recommend removing the items on the benchtop to create a better shot. On the plus side, this is a great angle for highlighting the appliances and the abundance of storage on offer.

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Shooting the Bedroom

Quickly straightening the bedding and switching the lamp on would have made all the difference in this shot. In this case, the fan is bolted to the chest of drawers so we would suggest avoiding it in the image altogether. This item is not included in the sale and is very outdated, so it is not something that will appeal to a potential buyer.

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Shooting the Second Bedroom

Start by turning on the lights, removing the power cords and remotes, body lotion and quickly fixing the duvet cover to ensure the bed looks more presentable. By also shutting the window, the photographer could have given a clearer image of the external view.

As with the previous bedroom, by adjusting the blinds, you can block out any view of the neighbors and by changing the angle of the shot, the photographer could have included more of the door frame and door handle.

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Shooting the Living Area

It's important to bring a sense of calm and space to the living area by removing any clutter like the dish rack, oven mitts and soap dispenser. We'd recommend removing the rug and CD racks while also pulling up that plastic on the floor. You can also see that something has been hidden on the couch. However, the cushions need to be better placed to hide this entirely. Further to this, the fan was either on or still moving when the image was taken, which has created a visible blur.

Finally, by adjusting the angle of the shot, the photographer could have given a better idea of the space and also removed part of the object shown in the lower left of the image. We'd also suggest opening both doors towards the back of the room to give a better feel for the layout.

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Shooting the Lounge Room

This shot has been taken from a higher angle, which is likely due to the height of the couch. Again, we suggest the mirror, stools and chair be removed. The hanging keys could have been removed or tidied while the item on the window sill has the potential to draw the viewer's eye away from the focal point.

In most cases, we want to try and minimize lines in the window, ensuring a clear view for the potential buyer. By having the window open, this is actually made worse by creating extra unnecessary lines and unfortunately looks quite unappealing.

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Shooting the Bathroom

It's clear this image has been cropped as the basin has been partially removed. It's always better to include the basin and clear the glass shelves to remove any unnecessary clutter. These items could have been simply hidden in the bottom of the bath for the shoot. Further to this, we would recommend opening the door and standing a few steps back to take the image.

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So there you have it—that's our analysis of a professional photoshoot and, hopefully, we've given you some key tips to be mindful of.

To view the original article, visit the BoxBrownie blog.