Let’s face it, taking your own listing photos is risky. Chances are you’re not a professional photographer, don’t have amazing gear, and well, real estate photography is not as easy as it looks.
But since you’re reading this article, you’ve probably made up your mind already and want to learn how to take great listing pictures that will impress other agents on your MLS and buyers on Zillow. So to help make your life easier, we talked to 23 agents and brokers and asked them for their best real estate photography tips.
Here’s what they told us:
1. Don’t Show Too Much. Sometimes Less Is More.
2. Be Wary of What’s in Your Line of Sight Through Windows
3. Shoot Your Virtual Tour on the Same Day as Your Listing Pictures
4. Make Sure to Schedule Enough Time for Your Shoot
5. Ask Your Homeowner if They Have Shots of the Home in Different Seasons
6. Hire a Pro to Edit Your Photos for Just $5
7. Never Fake Views Through Windows
8. Remove Window Screens & Make Sure the Windows Are Clean Inside & Out
9. Make Sure All Light Bulbs Work & Make Sure They Are Consistent With the Fixture
10. Get Your Lighting Right
11. Invest in a Wide Angle Lens
12. Neutralize & Declutter Before You Start Shooting
13. Always Stage the Home, Even if It Just Means Rearranging Current Furniture
14. Avoid Developers’ Stock Photos of Amenities
15. Pay Attention to the Details
16. Don’t Post Too Many, or Too Few, Pictures
17. Open All Curtains & Blinds
18. Always Inform the Neighbors Before Drone or Exterior Photography Sessions
19. Ask Your Homeowner to Keep Pets Out of the Home
20. Take Photos of Your Photos
21. Whenever Possible, Hire a Professional Listing Photographer
22. Use Exposure Bracketing When Shooting Exteriors
Over to You
What do you think: Is real estate photography something that amateur agents should try on their own? If so, what are some great real estate photography tips our experts missed?