How to Photograph Houses

 Photographers pick various specialties including macro, weddings, portraits, baby or engagement photography. It is hard to find a photographer who has specialized in taking photos of houses unless they do it for real estate companies. Even so, you do not have to be an expert to take photographs of your house if you plan on renting it out or even putting it up for sale in the market. However, you need to know a few things that will ensure your photos look great.


You need to choose an angle whenever you are photographing the house. This is necessary when you are taking photos of the exterior. Taking the photo from the front is boring and does not come out as nicely as when you pick an angle. One of the reasons you should pick an angle is because you need to provide the house with a backdrop. Picture composition dictates that your photo should tell a story. This means that it should have different elements to be the best shot.

Balancing Light

The art of balancing light is learned. Unless you have a lucky break on the first day, you might have to find the best time to take the photograph. Natural light works best for homes. However, you should balance the natural light outside with the manmade light from the windows when you are taking photos from the exterior.

The best time to photograph is when it is a bit cloudy since the clouds diffuse the light thus eliminating any harsh shadows. These photos will look much better. Dusk would also be a nice time to take advantage of natural light. The lights from the window, when timed perfectly, will give the house a warm feeling in the photograph. For this, you need to have set up your equipment before so you can capture multiple shots in the short time frame of the sun setting which is about twenty minutes at most.

Use a Tripod

A tripod is an important tool in photography of houses. It will help to create balance and yield nice, steady shots. This is especially necessary if you have shaky hands. When you have a small window, such as when you are trying to balance the light, you would need pre-set settings and steady, precise multiple shots within this short period. This is best done using a tripod.

Tidy Around

This might seem like an obvious tip but you need to tidy up around the house if you would like to take shots inside the house. Clean up then take your photos. Failure to do this will force you to spend hours trying to edit out the mess using Photoshop. This is clearly not efficient at all.


Photography of houses is not difficult. Anyone can do it as long as you have the right equipment and follow these tips. After all, you want to get stunning photographs, not just ones that ‘work.’ This is only possible with a little extra effort. If you cannot do it yourself, just hire a photographer instead. If there are a lot of cracks in the house, you can hire a concrete contractor to fix this for you. Especially in the driveway where there’s a lot of wear and tear going.