How To: Photograph Your Home

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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

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