Plenty of high quality photos will result in more home exchange offers. Our research suggests that photos are the first, and the most important thing our Members look for when choosing a home swap partner.
Making great photos may take some additional time, but it's well worth the effort. Follow our guide to to help you make great photos and present your home in the best possible light.
1. Prepare Your Home
When preparing your home for a photo shoot make sure to tidy up and to remove all the clutter. You can also:
- Close closet/cabinet doors
- Dust the furniture
- Put the toilet seat down
- Remove piles of stuff, old magazines, clothes
- Empty or remove the garbage bins
Before taking a photo of your bathroom, you might consider removing some personal items, such as toothbrushes, and makeup. You may also want to clean the mirrors. Simple and tidy environments will give you the best results.
Remove clutter and tidy up before taking home photos
2. Use a Good Camera and Seek Professional Help
A good camera helps tremendously in getting professional looking photos of your home. Clearly, a mobile phone camera won’t give the same results as a quality camera with a wide-angle lens. If possible, try to get help and advice from a professional photographer.
Good camera and help from a professional photographer can make a big difference
3. Plan Your Photo Shoot
Before you start taking photos of your home plan your photoshoot. Remember to cover all the important rooms, kitchen, and yes, bathrooms as well. Include some home details- they will give a personal touch to your photos. If you have a garden or a backyard, your Listing will look much more attractive with those photos included. People love views. If you are among the lucky ones with a nice view over a river, a forest or a city, make sure to include it.
Don’t forget local attractions—a nearby lake, the small castle, a great bar or any other place your neighbourhood is proud of. If your home and neighbourhood look especially attractive with snow, or when your garden is blooming, take a picture of that view, too.
Books? Why not, details can add a personal touch to your home photos
4. Choose the Right Light
Good light is essential to making quality home photos. Unless you are trying to showcase a special night atmosphere, your home will look best with a lot of natural light. Wait for a sunny day to take home photos. If some areas of your home don’t get enough light, open curtains and shades, turn the lights on, or use a tripod.
Early evening or late afternoon is the best time to shoot any exterior. You want the light to be soft because hard light will create strong contrast and shadows. When taking a photo of your garden or backyard, position yourself so the sun is behind you, shining on your house.
Setting a good light is essential for great home photos
5. Arrange Compositions
Simple photos work best. Dedicate some time to design careful compositions—
this will help you convey the best features of each room. Remove unnecessary items and keep vertical walls vertical (to accomplish this hold the camera parallel to the ground).
Use the rule of thirds. Draw a Tic-Tac-Toe board over your picture in your mind. Position the most interesting, or the most colorful items at one of the four intersections of the grid. Always remember—less is more!
Simple compositions work best
5. Choose the Angle
The shooting angle is very important. You can shoot lower to the ground, at about the height of your belly button, to make your images feel more intimate and make the viewer feel a part of the shot. Shoot into the corner of a room if you are shooting a small room, it will make it appear larger and more lively.
Shooting in the corner of the room works best for smaller spacesTop angle can be great for some rooms
Follow this guide when taking photos of your home and we’re sure you will be very happy with the results.