How To: Photograph Your Home

How To: Photograph Your Home

Mar 30, 2007

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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