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If you’re planning on putting your home up for sale it’s vitally important to make sure you have quality photos that will stand out online. However, if you’re on a budget and don’t want to spend extra on a professional photographer you still have options.

There are many ways to take great photos of your home. If you have an amateur photographer in the family, they might be more than happy to stop by and take some photos for you.

If you have a relatively new smartphone, you might be surprised to find that it could have the capability to take great photos and videos of the outside of your home.

In this article, we’re going to cover some simple tips to help you take great photographs of your yard.  

Setting the scene

Before you start snapping photos, it’s a good idea to make sure your yard, driveway, and the exterior of your home are in prime condition.

That means mowing the lawn, freshening up mulch, and trimming hedges. It could even be a good idea to sweep the driveway and power wash your siding.

Picking the right day

If you’re taking your own photos then you have one big advantage, you can make sure you take them on a nice, sunny day and use the lighting to your advantage.

To get photos on each side of your home, come back when the sun is fully illuminating the side of your home you’re photographing.

Photography tips

If you’re shooting on a smartphone, make sure you have your camera settings adjusted to the highest quality. Similarly, if you have the option, turn on HDR for taking photos outside. HDR, or high dynamic range, photography is essentially a way of combining multiple images of the same frame to get the best results.

What that means is that darker spots of the image will be brightened and spots that are too bright (like the sky) will be darkened, creating a well-balanced image. The best part is the camera does all of this work for you.

Basic rules for great photos

  • Take several photos of each spot. You don’t have to worry about running out of film, so there’s no need to be conservative with the number of photos you take.

  • Think about framing. When looking at your phone right before you take the shot, look at all four corners of the frame. If you can move slightly to cut out distractions, do so.

  • Use the photos that matter most. When it comes to uploading your photos, there’s no need for several photos of the same area.

  • Try your hand at image adjustments. Most smartphones let you change adjustments like brightness, contrast, saturation, cropping, and more. It’s easy to overdo it with things like saturation, so try to make your photos look as natural as possible.