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Taking good Location Photographs

Interiors
Make it look immaculate, tidy away all your personal clothes and belongings, clean the windows and make the beds. A few strategically placed flower arrangements will work wonders. Hide unsightly wires, pets baskets bowls and misplaced toys. Pay special attention to the kitchen hiding any dirty plates washing up liquid containers etc in the sink. Open the blinds or curtains to the max, let the light flood in. Move all the soaps, shampoo bottles, towels, toothpaste etc out of the bathroom and only put back one or two attractive items. Wait for a bright hazy day. Photographers like to shoot with available light. Its best not to include direct sunlight in interior shots, as the sun lit areas will appear bleached out.

Use a landscape shape i.e. horizontal mode suitable for website format and a digital camera set to high quality jpg, interior (if avail) and high ASA (400), AWB (auto) balance .

If in doubt take things outless is best. Photographers like to see uncluttered space. For example when shooting the bedroom remove all the books papers etc. by the bedside and hide them behind the opposite side of the bed.

If the area your shooting is dark turn all the lights on & use a tripod if you have one. When possible shoot every room with a wide-angle lens from at least three corners. If you dont have a wide-angle lens take two pictures.
Wedge your shoulders into the corner holding the camera steady bend your knees slightly and slide down the wall till the camera is about four feet (1.2m) above the floor. Leave the door wide open (with a glimpse of the room or corridor beyond) for one shot. Line up the shot so that the vertical lines in the room are parallel with the edges of frame.

Keeping the camera Steady, level and straight gently squeeze the button. Listen for the shutter before relaxing your aim as many digital cameras have a built in delay. Check the results in the preview display before moving on to the next shot .The exposures should be bright and the image sharp. Do not worry if the windows bleach out, its the room we want to see. You can always do a separate shot of the view through the window if its spectacular.

In the main rooms shoot a few close ups of the fire place, a window detail, a special piece of furniture, a chandelier, a group of beautiful objects on a table or a work of art on the wall. Small rooms may only have one place to shoot from.
Include hallways, dining areas, kitchen, bathrooms, the front door open (looking in & out), stairs, kids rooms, cellars, playrooms, dens, loos, laundry rooms and attic rooms.

If you have a controllable/articulated flash head bounce it off a neutral wall behind you or the ceiling. Otherwise set it to minus 2/3 stop. Your flashlight must not dominate the picture but only add a softening light to the shadows. Available light is best, if your flash is automatic turn it off.

Exteriors
Include exterior shots of the front of the house, the entrance, any side alleyways, the back and the garden. Shoot garden furniture, BBQ , tree house, pool, slides etc. One shot from the end of the garden looking back at the house. Take a shot from a high window looking down onto the back and one onto the front are best taken on a sunny day when the garden is looking its best. photo-locations.com

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