Real Estate Photography Tips & Information

Taking Real Estate Photos

When you arrive at a house to take photographs you should treat it as an open house. Turn all lights on, remove clutter and straighten up as needed.

Removing clutter will also help outdoor photographs of the house. Remove garbage cans, lawn mowers, bicycles and other toys in the front yard. A freshly cut lawn is far preferred over an overgrown jungle. Also, if possible have all cars moved from the drive way and in front of the house.

The final format of your photos will most likely be small images displayed online at MLS and other real estate websites. Even the largest size photo on most real estate websites is considered small so it is easy to lose detail and a sense of size and space. For this reason it helps to have uncluttered pictures. For example, kitchen countertops will look much bigger and spacious when there is nothing placed on them. In some rooms you may have good results by repositioning or removing furniture such as a coffee table or a chair to open up the room and show more space. Moving furniture may also help you get a better unobstructed angle of the room.


For brighter interior photos you will usually get better results by pulling the shades and drapes shut in all windows. This may seem counterintuitive, but with the shades drawn the lighting will be more even with less contrast between the bright outside and darker interior. This will make it easier for your camera to calculate a correct exposure setting for the interior instead of the brighter view outside the window.

High Quality

Set your camera to shoot at the largest size and highest quality settings possible. Even though the final format of your photos may be smaller, you will get better results by manually resizing the photos yourself compared to letting the camera do it for you. Also, even if you only intend to use the photos on MLS you may later decided to run a magazine ad where you will need a higher resolution photo so it's better to have a high quality "negative" to go back to.


Use a tripod! A tripod will allow you to take photos with longer exposure times for sharper, brighter photos.

If you don't have a tripod one technique you can use is keeping your elbows against your body when you hold the camera. This will keep the camera steady more than if you have your arms extended straight out.

Take Photos, Lots of Photos

You can never have enough photos of a property. In fact recent statistics indicate listings with more photos sell faster and for more money. Take as many photos as you have time for. Try taking photos of each room from multiple angles.

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