We really envy people who can take good photos of their homes. We used to be pretty good with our dearly departed 35mm camera, but we've noticed that a digital camera makes us rushed and lazy. Since our photos leave a lot to be desired, we've been experimenting, and we also asked other people for their tips. Check 'em out below the jump -- they might come in handy if you're taking pics for the upcoming Fall Colors Contest (just a few weeks away!).
- Take as many photos as possible
- Pay attention to lighting
- Try getting down on the floor and up on a chair, experiment with different angles
- Don't rush
- Don't be afraid of cropping. Standing back at different angles gives a room depth and dimension
- Photographing rooms in natural light helps
- Cleaning up clutter really helps keep the focus on the room
- Compose objects so that there is breathing room
- Find a time of day when lighting looks the best for the subject
- Take multiple shots, then pick out the ones you like. It's usually never perfect the first time around
- Take photos from every possible angle and use elements like doorways and furniture to frame the view. Sometimes the least likely angle creates the best shot
- It's ok to cheat and move things around a little for the shot
- Most people take photographs dead-on and focus on one thing (the couch, a table, etc). Sometimes you can find a good shot by looking through the viewfinder and moving around the room
Alicia has a tutorial here.
Also, make sure to check out Jill's tips on AT:NY.
Thanks, Alicia, Tom, Uyen, and Victoria!
Image: Jason & Janet's Layered, Complex Color - Fall Colors Contest