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When you start out, try to think like a professional photographer. A pro wouldn't come into your home unprepared and spend a few quick minutes snapping shots — so you shouldn't either.
Before you pick up the camera, think about the story you want to tell with your images. Where are the critical spaces, and how do you want to express them? What pieces are stifling the scene? Map out your plan of attack, even breaking it up into stages if it feels overwhelming. Follow the advice below, practice and try not to rush the process.
DO: Show a continuation of spaces.
Viewers want to understand how rooms connect and how movement occurs throughout a home. Wide-angle lenses can capture most of a scene and make this possible in a single image. This shot draws attention not only to the living room but also to the dining room and the hallway, which leads to more spaces. In one photograph, the viewer can sense the size of the home and begin to understand the floor plan.
DON'T: Box in a room.
You want rooms to feel as expansive as possible. Ideally, your photos should show how they connect to other rooms or outdoor spaces. If you only capture a narrow scene, your image is telling less of a story. This picture has a very limited focus, so the viewer has no idea how this space relates to the others around it. Is it part of an open floor plan? Is it a closed-off space? Try to position the camera differently, ideally in a diagonal that can capture as much as possible.
DON'T: Clutter your shot.
The pictures of your home need to convey a story, and extra pieces — like all these picture frames and pillows — are not helping get that story across. Instead, the image feels cluttered. All this decor is charming, but it's not necessarily needed in the picture. A prospective buyer is just interested in understanding the space.
Clear away stray items and straighten up the pieces that are staying. Remember: You are not getting rid of items, just setting them aside for the shot.