You bought your new house, the furniture is arranged, and those sweet consignment-store finds are arranged just so. You want to show off your new digs on Facebook, and you want to make sure you capture your home in all its natural beauty.
Doing that is going to mean taking some really good pictures.
Here’s how to photograph your home:
We’re not going to insult your intelligence by telling you to clean your house before you photograph it. What we’re saying is, less is more in these photographs. If you’ve got some full bookshelves or a coffee table with a few magazines and books on it, remove some of that stuff. You want the rooms to look hospitable and lived-in, but gently lived in.
All of the Lights
The lighting in the room when you take the pictures will more or less determine everything about the mood of your shots. So decide beforehand what you’re going for, and plan accordingly. It’s best to let your home’s natural charms speak for themselves, so think about when the lighting is best in each room. Does the afternoon sun shine pleasingly upon the fireplace in your living room? That’s a good time to shoot that room, then. Does the sunrise filter into your kitchen? Stuff like that. For rooms that need artificial lighting, do some experimentation, and don’t forget to bring in some lamps or switch to some different bulbs to help get the vibe just right.
Look, modern smartphones have amazing cameras on them now, but they still leave a wide gap between themselves and professional camera equipment. We’re not telling you to go out and drop $600 on a camera just to take some Facebook photos of your living room. But maybe if you’ve been thinking of buying a new camera anyway … this might push you over the top.
Take shots from up high, shots from down low, shots from the side, shots from straight on, shots from the other side of the house, close-up shots, faraway shots, every kind of shot. Keep shooting until you find the one that feels just right. And don’t be afraid to move some art or furniture around if it helps make the shot better. You can always move it back.
Modern photo-editing software is amazingly good and easy to use, so you might as well use it to make your photos a little nicer. Don’t just throw on a filter and call it a day, though. For one thing, filters are quickly becoming passe, but for another, they’re often too dramatic, ruining the natural appearance of the underlying photo. Use photo editing to sharpen up some colors or erase a dog toy you didn’t notice sitting under the ottoman, but don’t get crazy. You want your house to look real and natural, not like an art project.
Do you have any photos of your Chesmar home? We’d love to see them!