Photographing Your Property
The more photos the better! We can always edit them down but you should remember that the photos that we have in the library are there to effectively sell your property as a location. For houses / apartments please send us a minimum of 6 photos (but more if you can) of each room which you think is large enough to shoot in.
Well composed and well exposed photos really help. There are a few key rules that can help you here:
1: Wherever possible don’t use flash. If you can, set your camera to low light / high ISO rating so that it makes the most of the available light. Even on a bright day, turning some or all of the lights in a room on can really help add a little extra to a photo and make the room look warmer and more welcoming. If possible use a tripod or monopod to keep the camera as steady as possible.
2: Most interiors generally look best when photographed with the camera level and at the mid-height of the room – i.e. if your room is 10 ft high then the camera should ideally be 5 ft off the ground. Keeping it level stops the vertical lines of your room from distorting.
3: With interiors bright sunny days are not always the best time to photograph your property – quite often a flat grey day will work just as well if not better.
4: Don’t use super-wide angle lenses – these can give a distorted view of a room.
5: All of the photos that we use on the website are landscape format (i.e. the longest side of the photo is along the bottom – just as they would be with the camera held horizontally rather than tipped on its side.) Feel free to send us portrait format shots too if you think that they help tell the story but remember that they won't end up on the website and that the key shots need to be landscape format.
Digital - The technical stuff…
We prefer digital shots, but don’t worry, prints are also fine. If you are sending us digital shots they don’t need to be huge files. If you can re-size your photos then the ideal size for us is 1200 pixels x 800 pixels at 150dpi – we really don’t need larger files than this – it makes them easy to email to us too. Again, don’t worry if you don’t know how to re-size your photos – just send them to us (either by email or burnt onto a disc) as they come out of the camera and we can do all the re-sizing ourselves.
Which views to photograph:
The key shots are from each corner of the room – these show as much of the room as possible. Then also take shots of any features (fireplaces, views from windows, interesting items of furniture etc.). Particularly with fireplaces and windows these shots generally look best when shot straight on and fairly symmetrically. Always remember that our clients will want to be able to see as much as possible of a location so the better your photos tell the story or both the layout and the character of your property the better chance you have of it being chosen.