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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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
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Sally Weatherley
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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
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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
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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.

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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!

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