15 TIPS FOR PHOTOGRAPHING HOUSING (ATTENTION TO THE FIRST AND THE LAST, THE MOST FORGOTTEN AND NECESSARY)

I suppose there are many reasons why you may want to photograph your home although, surely, if you want to do it exhaustively, it will be because you want to sell it, rent it, throw it away, or because your best friend knows how good you are with that camera in hand and wants to ask for help to do it Be that as it may, since you are going to do it, it is best that you do your best, because, especially if what you are trying to sell is, you will already know that houses enter through the eyes. Most of the time we don't even bother to think of one that doesn't have photographs, or one in which the house doesn't look properly. So let's see a few tips to get the best out of your home for whatever reason.

1. EVERYTHING WELL ORDERED

Yes, it is not very photogenic, but I have decided to start with this advice, it would not be that I left it for the end, you would have already done all the other tips, and you would have to start over.  Order is essential for Make an image pleasing to the eye, so forget about unmade beds, shoes on the floor, books piled in any way. Take a look at the rooms before getting down to work and analyze them, reorder, hide ... whatever it takes to make it look pleasing to the eye.

2. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ALL AVAILABLE LIGHT

Find out (if not your home) what is the time when you will have more and better natural light , and go at that time. The photographs should be based primarily on this type of light, trying to make it as homogeneous as possible. Since natural light is much more powerful than any light you may have at home, to try to compensate for exterior and interior, try to turn on all the lights in the house. If even so the difference between exterior and interior is very noticeable (burned windows or interior too dark), try running the curtains to act as light diffusers .
  • Bracketing : If you can not compensate for the light, you can use what we know as Bracketing or bracketing, a technique that consists of taking different images of a photograph with different exposures and then combining them with a program, obtaining information for both the lights and the lights. shades.
Turn on all the lights

3. SET THE ISO TO A MINIMUM

Since we are looking for the highest possible image quality in the image, I advise you to lower the ISO to a minimum. Normally, cameras place this value at 100-125. It is there where they work with higher image quality, avoiding the noise that higher values can produce.

4. CLOSE THE DIAPHRAGM

As a general rule, what we want is to show clearly and clearly the room we want to photograph. To do this, we seek that the largest possible area of the image is in focus, and the way to do it is through the aperture of the diaphragm . In this case, we recommend closing the diaphragm to an approximate value of f / 8 of / 11. At this point you will have enough depth of field so that everything is in focus.

5. USE A TRIPOD

The use of a tripod in indoor photography is almost mandatory for several reasons, two of them derived from the previous two points: A minimum ISO means that the sensitivity of the sensor is quite reduced, that is, you have low light , which forces you to look for it by another of the variables of the exposure triangle (speed, ISO, aperture of the diaphragm). The logical thing would be to open the diaphragm so that more light will enter you, but unfortunately that makes you lose depth of field , and we have already commented that this does not interest us; on the contrary, the diaphragm must be closed to obtain the largest area focused on the scene. Therefore, we only have one variable left: the shutter speed. And the only way to have more light through speed is to keep the shutter more open time to allow more light to enter, which in turn implies that any type of movement that happens while the shutter is open will be part of your image, that is, that you will have a photo moved

6. WHITE BALANCE

If you still don't know what white balance is, I recommend this article where it explains it perfectly. As a summary, the white balance serves to compensate for the different shades of the different lights. That is, each light has the ability to dye the scene a color, although many times at first glance we do not see it. The white balance compensates for these tones leaving the image with a neutral hue.

7. SHOOT IN RAW ...

... and forget the white balance. You don't know what RAW is? Don't worry, here is all the information you need about it

8. EYE WITH REFLECTIONS

Mirrors, windows and other reflective surfaces are very treacherous Be careful not to leave involuntarily reflected in any of them. To solve it, the simplest thing is that you look for a new angle or perspective.

9. USE A WIDE ANGLE

If you have it, it's a great time to bring it out. Wide Angle lenses have the characteristic of having a very open angle , that is, it allows you to frame a larger proportion of the scene than any other objective. Since what we want a priori is to show the house as clearly as possible, this objective will be of great help.
Use a Wide Angle

10. PHOTOGRAPH FROM THE CORNERS

Unfortunately, not everyone is lucky enough to have a Wide Angle between their belongings, but don't worry, all the lacks are supplemented with some imagination. To get the greatest possible angle of the scene, it is best to try to photograph from the corners of the room.

11. SHOOT AT EYE LEVEL

At least in general scenes, the ideal is that you show the scene from the height of your eyes. This will look more natural for the viewer. Then you can (or should) improvise other angles and points of view to complement your images in a more artistic way if you feel like it.

12. THE STRAIGHT LINES

Pay special attention to lines of door frames, windows, pictures, tables ... A crooked line can spoil the scene completely. Itching and contrapicar accentuates this effect, try to keep the camera at a right angle.
Try not to tilt the camera to prevent the lines from twisting

13. DO NOT USE FLASH

We do not usually recommend that you use the camera's built-in flash. This is not an exception. The light is hard, you cannot direct it, flatten the image and modify the colors. In images of this style, you would only get a foreground probably too exposed and a background too dark. If you want to use it as a fill flash to compensate for the natural and interior light of some detail, go ahead. Otherwise, better keep it closed .

14. PHOTOGENIC CORNERS AND DETAILS

Once you have your wonderful general images, focus on looking for a cozy, photogenic corner or detail that enhances the beauty of the home. You can buy some flowers, set the table in a pleasant way, photograph an interesting piece of furniture, and so on.

15. TAKE CARE OF THE COMPOSITION

In all those architectural or landscape images in which you have time to plan and move around the scene, a good composition is basic. The composition balances the image and makes it pleasing to the eye. Do not hesitate to move yourself or move any furniture (if you can), seeking balance in the image. With these tips and your own art, surely the next time you get ready to photograph a home, the photos will be worthy of the Ikea catalog . Not? Take the test and tell us Oh, and as always, you do us a great favor if you spread it on social networks so that someone else can benefit from this information. Greetings and until next time
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