Whether you're taking pictures for a magazine spread or your insurance inventory, you can always try to make them beautiful. Ok, so maybe State Farm won't care if you used a flash in your home inventory, but at least you'll have some nice shots of your former space to look back on someday, right? Here are a few easy tips for taking better photos of your home office:
- Unclutter the room. Nothing looks worse than a messy desk. Take a second to wrangle wires out of sight and toss any paper clutter from the desktop. If you're having a hard time spotting clutter, taking a test shot might help you pare down.
- Stage your office space. Leave some things out. Maybe a few colorful markers or a purposeful pile of paperclips. You want the space to look beautifully lived-in, not sterile and abandoned.
- Shoot at magic hour. The first and last hours of sunlight are doubtlessly the most flattering for any photography (they even named a photo effects app after it).
- Try a wide angle lens. Especially if you have a small office space.
- Don't use a flash. If you're shooting during magic hour, the sun will take care of everything.
- Try different angles. Snap shots from low on the ground or up high standing on a stool. The most interesting pictures come about this way.
- Show the whole room. As a general tip, get more in the frame than you think you should. Capture your desk, yes, but also a bit of the door frame next to it or a generous slice of the hardwoods below.
- Try out crazy & different effects. Stitch together a panorama or give HDR photos a shot. Even camera phone effects can give your workspace photos a little extra something.
- Get in the photo. Set up a wine-glass tripod and a timer and jump into your office photos. Our favorite shots are always the ones that feature smiling, happy (and sometimes blurry) home dwellers.
(Images: Flickr member kk+ licensed for use under Creative Commons)