Malia Campbell Photography

Seattle Real Estate Photography by Malia Campbell

Some (compositional) tips for shooting real estate

01) Remove small rugs and floor mats
02) Remove dish towels (or at least straighten them)
03) Ovens, refrigerators and sinks are quick and easy places to stash items when you’re trying to de-clutter counters
04) You never need as much ceiling as you’re probably shooting
05) If there is no fridge don’t shoot  the empty space (it just looks bad)
06) Remove magnets, photos, flyers, etc from refrigerator

01) Remove small rugs and floor mats
02) Remove towels
03) Straighten toilet paper so end is not visible
04) Open shower curtain unless there’s tons of clutter inside
04a) Even if there’s tons of clutter chances are you’re not shooting low enough to capture it so open the shower curtain
05) If your camera reflection in the mirror is unavoidable try to place it in an area of solid color to make cloning easier
06) If it’s too small it’s too small so don’t shoot it
07) Put the toilet seat lid down (!)

Living Rooms/Bedrooms
01) If there’s a fireplace, shoot it
02) If there’s a view, capture it
03) If there’s a window include it in the comp
04) Shoot into furniture; backs of couches and chairs are ugly and not very inviting
05) If there are blinds open them (this will make any necessary window replacements much easier)
06) If there’s the slightest chance of needing to do a window replacement shoot an extra frame just for the window exposure
07) Two walls are almost always better than three

I’m not very good at exteriors so I’d love to hear your tips

There’s probably a ton of other tips that I’m not thinking of (or don’t know about).  Have some tips that I missed?  Hit me up in the comments!

Written by Malia Campbell Photography

March 11, 2010 at 7:07 pm

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  1. Great tips, thanks! What’s the issue with exteriors? There are usually less HDR issues?


    March 11, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    • Processing-wise I think I’m okay with exteriors. I just can’t ever seem to capture a comp that I like. Exteriors just aren’t as interesting, to me, as interiors are.

      TulipChain Photography

      March 11, 2010 at 7:12 pm

  2. Ahhhh, it’s true, they’re usually not. That’s not your issue then. They should design more interesting houses.


    March 11, 2010 at 7:13 pm

  3. Yes, I’m looking forward to seeing that.


    March 11, 2010 at 7:23 pm

  4. My personal rule is to clear off the counters of appliances… Microwaves, blenders, etc. And clear fridges of personal effects

    Smith Fritzy

    March 11, 2010 at 7:31 pm

  5. You forgot the NUMBER ONE RULE of bathrooms……be sure to close the ________.

    (hint: rhymes with “spoil it”, appropriately enough)


    March 12, 2010 at 3:45 pm

  6. Less is more – clear as much as you can, provide a tip sheet to that the homeowners do it before you get there.

    Externals – make sure lawns and gardens are tidy, no washing on the line, kids bikes and toys (that are messy) removed, hoses and gardening equipment removed


    March 14, 2010 at 8:29 pm

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