This morning I read a great post by Michael Thornton, RadnorLake Photography & Video. Michael talks about setting yourself apart, Making the Ordinary, Extraordinary... It is a great post, Michael doesn't disappoint. Not in his thoughts, not in his photography!
I was perusing the MLS yesterday afternoon and ran across 3 listings that really stood out in my mind. All three had 2 things in common. The photos were bad, and they had the same photo inserted more than one time in the listing. One used the same shot 4 times! And it was a bad shot! I will not post the photos here as they are not mine, but I know you all have seen it.
I poured through my own photos and found some I could use as illustration. Before I got the camera I have now, I used a Pentax Optio Si, a great little point and shoot, but as you can see, not great enough. Now I use a Pentax K200D. There is a world of difference between the two cameras! And a big difference is made when you crouch a bit!
The biggest complaint I hear from my buyers when they are online searching for homes is that the photos are HORRIBLE! I wonder if home owners notice? Do they look at the listings once they go on the multiple listing service? Or are they so awe-struck with the fact their home is in "print" that they don't notice?
A few very simple tips for taking photos that I have learned along the way.
- Use a wide angle lens
- Get down lower to take the photos
- Take the room from all angles
- Try something different!
When you get the photos on to your computer, take the time to adjust the contrast, etc. I use a FREE program for that, Picasa. Once click, Picasa decides on the best contrast for the photo. Sometimes I have to make more adjustments, but not often.
And whatever you do, don't post the same photo multiple times on the MLS!
Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County Real Estate
2017 President, Greater New Milford Board of Realtors
2017 Connecticut Magazine 5 Star Realtor
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Litchfield County Regional Office,375 Danbury Rd, New Milford, CT 06776
© Andrea Swiedler 2009 - 2017
Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest. - Mark Twain