Tips for Taking Better Photos of Your Home Office

Tips for Taking Better Photos of Your Home Office

Taryn Williford
Aug 17, 2011

The best advice I've ever been given: Document everything. And never is that advice more fitting than when we're talking about apartments past. When you've moved on to bigger and better units, it's nice to look back at your old spaces. If not for nostalgia, do it so you can see what styles and layouts worked best for your former workspaces. Here's a few tips to capture your office in photos.

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)

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