Tips For Taking Better MLS Pictures

Reblogger Valerie Zinger
Education & Training with House Proud Ottawa-Ontario-Canada

Sharon has done aterrific job on this post.  She advises us to get a professional photographer for those all important MLS photos.  However, if you are oing to take the photos yourself there are some tips in her post and in all the links to other posts on the same topic.  They are worth reading.  

Original content by Sharon Tara

Tips For Taking Better MLS Pictures 

My last post   "The Eyes Have It..."  was about the importance of quality MLS pictures.  In a comment by Rebecca Cree I was asked this question:

"Any advice on actually taking the after shots specifically regarding lighting and angle? "

Great question, Rebecca!

photographer I believe professional photography is the best option.  If you are going to take your own photos, take your time, prepare the room prior to shooting, and shoot the room from different angles.  The best shot may not be from standing in the doorway.  Many times I stand outside and shoot rooms through an open window.  I've stood in the closet to get a good picture.

Try different points of view....take a few pics while squatting on the floor, or standing on a chair.  Keep in mind you are looking for a focal point of interest...something that highlights a positive feature of the room.

Taking a photography class is a good idea to develop technical skill....but I really believe you either have an eye for photography or you don't and some are just naturally better at it.  

Lighting is tricky.  When shooting exterior shots you want the sun behind you.  Cloudy days are much easier to shoot.  For interior....take shots with lights on and then again with lights off, there's a big difference and sometimes one way works better than the other.  For best results with lighting....hire a professional!

Here are some helpful posts written by other ActiveRain members :

 

Taking Better MLS Photos...

 

10 Photo Tips To Get Buyers Calling You

 

Stop Using Vertical Photos in MLS

 

Photographing Small Rooms

 

The Seven Deadly Sins...

 

5 Photography Tips For Listings

 

Photography Checklist...

 

Golden Hour and Other Photography Tips


Five Tips on Great Photography...

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Good morning Valerie,

Great repost on Sharon's tips for photography!

September 18, 2012 05:26 AM #1
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Roy Kelley
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One of the basic keys to successful photographs is editing.  Every photograph should be edited.  We use the free service of iPiccy.com and recommend it for those that need a photo editing tool.


Have a great week and be sure to have your camera in hand to capture the changing colors of the season.

 

September 18, 2012 05:51 AM #2
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Pamela Smith
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Valerie,

I think pictures and virtural tours are very important.  We hire someone professional to do ours.

September 18, 2012 06:12 AM #3
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I think I've become a good acrobat while taking MLS photos :)  I've done everything except hang from the ceiling fan to get that perfect shot!  You think I'm kidding huh......

September 18, 2012 07:09 AM #4
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Sharon Tara
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Thanks for the reblog, Valerie!  As for the links I've included....the 6th one is particularly good!  The next time John McCormack attempts to hang from a ceiling fan I hope he posts a photo!

September 18, 2012 08:54 AM #5
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Patty Da Silva, Davie, Southwest Ranches Cooper City, Plantation, Weston, REALTOR
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Great repost. Pictures are so important, and I see so many horrible ones in our MLS, it makes me just wonder whether they really want to sell the house or not.

September 18, 2012 11:07 AM #6
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Hi Valerie, I don't see my three photography posts listed. Boo hoo.
September 18, 2012 06:52 PM #7
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Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Valerie, I take 2 cameras in addition to various angles and perspectives....just took photos today!

September 18, 2012 09:04 PM #8
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Janice Ankrett
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Valerie, Sharon is so right about the importance of MLS  photos. I am always trying to do my part as well. I choose items for the counters that will POP against the back splash and not disappear. There are so many facets to getting that great end result.

September 19, 2012 04:20 PM #9
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Valerie - What a great post by Sharon - I've been known to look like a pretzel when taking a photo in a bathtub of the bathroom.  Lighting is huge.  I find that photographers will always have the perfect lighting, whereas my shots are hit and miss due to poor lighting etc.

September 19, 2012 07:42 PM #10
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Valerie Zinger
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We can all learn something that will improve our photography skills.  

Thank you for your comments and I hope you also visited Sharon's post. 

September 20, 2012 11:05 AM #11
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Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
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Hi Valerie, I also use two cameras and take lots of photos. I just saw on our MLS one of the agents aded 104 photos on a listing...some didn't need to be there as some of the rooms were messy and looked bad.

September 20, 2012 11:19 AM #12
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Valerie Zinger
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Rebecca.  Clients are expecting us to use taste and discretion on what photos to include.  104 is just bizarre!

September 20, 2012 11:27 AM #13
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