8 tips on how to photograph interiors professionally
Last month, we looked at the elements to consider for successful home staging. Now we'll look at the last item on that list, photography. As with home staging, it's a good idea to leave this to professionals. However, it is also possible to do it yourself by paying attention to certain points in order to make a good impression with a small budget.
1. Think about the composition of your photo
When photographing a space, it is important to think about several compositional elements. Will this angle bring out the best features of the house? Is there enough light? When preparing a house for marketing, it is important to do so through the camera lens. This will help to spot any flaws in symmetry, lighting, cleanliness, etc.
2. No creases or stains
In everyday life, wrinkled sheets are not a real problem. It will not change the way we sleep. However, it is different in front of a camera. The camera will make the creases stand out much more. We therefore advise you to use a professional steamer. The steam removes the creases and makes the sheets, pillows, shower curtains, etc. look perfect for a photo. Details such as the carpet should not be neglected either. If there are hoover marks on it or on your carpet, it will look worn. As a tip, you can sweep the carpet in random directions to bring it back to life.
3. Turn on the light.
Light can be your best friend or your worst enemy. If you don't know how to control it, your job is going to be complicated. The time of day and the weather conditions can have a big influence on the quality of the photograph. If the sun shines on the room and casts shadows everywhere, the photo will look "washed out", with some areas very dark and others very light. To combat this problem, choose the best time to have indirect light. Cloudy days are ideal for this. You should also turn on the interior lighting to balance the light in the room.
4. Look beyond your window.
Even if you are photographing the inside of your house, your exterior will also be visible through your windows. If there are piles of rubbish covered in blue tarpaulins right outside your window, this is not optimal. Clean up this area and if it can't be cleaned up, you can put a frosted glass film over the window.
5. Limit the use of colours.
There are neutral and non-neutral colours. Neutral colours include black, white, grey, brown, beige, cream and sometimes gold. You can use as many different neutrals as you like in a room. They can be an excellent base for brighter colours such as red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple. These should be used very sparingly. It is important to have only one "colour story" per room. We could imagine a composition with shades of blue or red or turquoise and yellow.
6. Use symmetry, repetition and rhythm.
Symmetry, repetition and rhythm are found in nature and are perceived by humans as aesthetically appealing. Symmetry is found in most animals and insects. Repetition is the reason we find flowers so beautiful. Rhythm could be illustrated by the waves of a sand dune. This is a quick and easy way to make a space more aesthetically pleasing.
7. Don't forget the rules of home staging!
In our latest newsletter, you will find tips for home staging. Follow these rules and your rooms will look great in the photos!
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8. Avoid reflections
Finally, try to avoid appearing in the reflection of mirrors. It is not difficult to find a suitable angle for this.