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How to take high-quality photos of your home using your phone

Joules prides ourselves on our photography & we utilise the service of, Jamie Felix who owns Felix Media & photography. Jamie is a celebrated photographer & the work he has done for Joules has resulted in Joules selling homes that other agents have been unable to. Unfortunately, during lock-down we can’t offer that facility but the next best thing is to experiment with producing your own. So, we’ve put together some guidelines with the help of Right Move to help produce the best response possible in the circumstances.

According to research from Rightmove, “great listings” achieve 93 percent more leads than “average listings”. But what makes a listing “great”? High-quality images of course! While now may not be a good time to be hiring a photographer for your home, there are many other strategies for how to take good photos of your home using your phone.

How to take high-quality photos of your home using your phone -start with a declutter

Before you take any photos, you must make sure your home is clean and tidy. This means decluttering each room, remove cars and wheelie bins from view, open all curtains and turn on the lights to brighten up the property, and remove any signs of owning pets (this can be off-putting to some buyers).

Taking photos using your phone

Now it’s time to grab your phone and start taking photos! Modern smartphones and tablets come with fantastic cameras. Here are some tips to ensure you get the most out of your camera:

·         Each image should be 3MB to 6MB in size

·         Images should be saved as JPG or PNG (PNG is the highest quality the image can be)

·         Shoot at an aspect ratio of 4:3, which is usually the default

·         Turn on HDR mode if possible

·         Turn off Live mode or Motion stills to ensure the image keeps still

Weather & time of day

British weather means there is no guarantee that the weather will be easy to predict. And as lighting changes throughout the day, even on the best days, the challenge will change as the hours’ pass. Bright sun is the trickiest to shoot under, so it helps to take photos when the sun isn’t out. If it is out, make sure the sun is behind you when taking external images. It also helps to shoot when no dark shadows are being cast that will negatively impact the image.

How many photos should I take?

It helps to have anywhere between 8 and 24 images depending on the size of your property, but it helps to take photos of everything you can. You know your home better than anyone else, so it’s always worth taking a photo of any details you think people might be interested in.

Composition

The angle you shoot from and the composition you choose play an important role in getting a great image. Here are some tips to make sure you get it right!

·         Shoot in landscape, not portrait

·         Crouch to shoot from waist height to reduce the illusion of leaning walls

·         Shoot externals from an angle for depth

·         Shoot internals from a corner or doorframe to get the most space

Sharing your photos via WeTransfer

It may seem like a good idea to send images via email, but this method can compress the quality of the image! We recommend using WeTransfer for sending images to your estate agent as it’s free and safe. Here’s how:

·         Head over to the website on your mobile device

·         Tap Send a file

·         Select your property photos

·         In Message, enter your name and property address

·         Select “Send an email”

·         Enter your agent’s email and your email

·         Tap Transfer

Using phone images to sell your home with Joules

And that’s it! Everything you need to know about taking high-quality photos of your home using your phone. If you are currently thinking of selling your home in the Heaton’s, then let us help. At Joules Estate Agents, we have the know-how on what makes a property sell and are experts on the local area. If you would like to learn more, get in touch.