How To: Take a Good Photo of Your Apartment

Ready for your close-up? In all our contests, photos play a pivotal role in the success and popularity of an entry. Which means that it is time to talk about how to take a great photo of your home (and submit it to the Small Cool Contest!).

Light: Take advantage of daylight. When using artificial light, use as much as possible. Don't use a flash as it can create shine and glare. Table lamps and standing lamps should be your friend, but can be your enemy...

You will have to experiment to see if they result in white blobs that distract from the photo. Mood lighting is great to live in, but overhead lights and the dimmer cranked all the way are better for the photoshoot.

Wide Shot: Stand as far back as possible in the corner of a room. Try to center the good stuff in the middle and cut out as much of the ceiling as possible. If you don't have a wide-angle lens and the room is too small to capture all at once, then do a piece at a time.

Close-ups: Don't zoom in but rather step up to whatever you think is an interesting detail in your apartment. Frame it well, meaning make sure that there are other things in the photo that complement it. It is also a good idea to get above the scene rather than meet it at eye level.

Focus: If you don't have a tripod, try to lean the camera on something stable each time you take a photo. Clarity is crucial.

Perspective: Don't take all your photos from the same vantage point. Stand on a chair, lay down on the floor, get on your knees. You might gain a new appreciation for your home.

Anyone have more tips? Please do share.

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