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MLS Photos: The Camera Captures What the Eye Misses

There are some great staging photo tips below. I like the one about taking the photos with and without the lights. Also, remember to remove pets from the photos. Spruce up those floors.  Declutter. Watch for wires. Pay attention to sunlight. Each effort matters to get the best photos to get the home sold.

 MLS Photos: The Camera Captures What the Eye Misses

 As a Morris County home stager and MLS photographer I’ve learned that the camera captures distractions that the eye misses yielding poor quality MLS photographs. During my many years of taking MLS photos I have learned a few strategies, tips, techniques to get top quality, gorgeous MLS photos.

Start with a good quality camera (I shoot with a Nikon D5000 wide angle lens). Avoid these common pitfalls and you’ll be taking top-quality MLS photos, showcasing your client’s home in its best light. With 90% of buyers starting their home search online, this is the first impression buyers will form of your client’s home so it had better be great. They will either decide they must see this home, or move onto your competition.

1.      Pay attention to the sunlight. If it’s really sunny you may consider taking indoor MLS photos on an overcast day. That way you won’t have blinding sunlight coming through the windows which only gets brighter when you bring up the colors/contrast during editing.

2.      A very sunny day also casts a lot of distracting shadows that detract and distract from the overall  look of a room. Moreover there is no way to edit them out.

3.   Ask your buyers to vacuum and mop their hardwoods. If you have any dust or lint around or underneath their furniture, the camera polarizes it. If you take the time to clean them, they will shine and look gorgeous in the MLS photos.

4.      Always take a photo with the lights on and off. You never know which will look better until you download them to your computer. Incandescent bulbs cast a bright yellow hue that detracts or changes the room’s actual color or creates a big yellow, unattractive glow. The same can happen with Florescent lighting which has a more bluish hue. In most cases use a flash for the best results.

5.  Pay attention to wires. There are a few tricks you can do like taping them to the furniture, tucking them underneath or behind the furniture. If there are a lot of wires like in home offices, use "wire hiders" found at most hardware stores. You can also edit them out with some editing programs using the clone feature...if you are really good!

6.      Check for anything underneath the furniture, especially beds because while you don’t notice it with the naked eye, it will show up in your photographs.  

7.   Take down or open all curtains, window treatments and blinds, showcasing the windows. Remember, you’re selling the home, not its décor and people love airy, sunny rooms.

8.    You would think this would be obvious, but if you’ve been on MLS lately you see this all the time; a photo of a pet, person or a reflection of yourself in a mirror.

9.    Sunlight is always best, but it’s not always an option. If a room has only one or no windows use extra lighting in each corner and especially the furthest from where you’re standing because you’ll get light from your flash which will actually darken the far side the room.   

10.  As a Morris County Home Stager, I always stage from the room’s entrance because that’s what forms buyers first impression and there should always be a focal point. Keeping that in mind, always take a photo from the doorway and stand as far back to showcase the size of the room.

These are examples of using all the above techniques:

If you're looking for professional, expert MLS photos, call Kristine from Elite Staging and Redesign  in Morris County, NJ at 201-602-2562!

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Comment balloon 8 commentsCheryl Ritchie • March 26 2012 02:58AM


LOVE the puppies in your photo!

Posted by Donna Derrick Ponte Vedra Beach, Jax Beach FL (Davidson Realty Inc) almost 8 years ago

You are soooo right...the details you didn't want to show....are seen...and captured...and eye for all of those things from wrinkles to wires is crucial.

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) almost 8 years ago

Good reblog with  nice reminders. Especially taking photos with and without lights and compare. Number seven..always open windows unless the view is not pleasing.


Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) almost 8 years ago

Selling the listing is the Kodak moment.

Take a pciture of the closing for marketing.

Posted by Erv Fleishman, Luxury Prop Specialist Realty Associates (Realty Associates) almost 8 years ago

Cheryl - good morning and thanks for re-blogging this excellent post by Kristine.   I am amazed at some of the photos that get published in MLS.  Do the agents not look at the photos before submitting?  In most cases the poor sellers don't have a clue how badly their home is presented.    

Posted by Barbara Hensley, Homes for Sale in Rockwall County, Texas (RE/MAX Properties) almost 8 years ago

The camara really does pick up everything!!!! These photos sure tell the story.  I love the after staged photos.  Really professional, clean, pretty space!!

Posted by Cindy Edwards, CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677 (RE/MAX Checkmate) almost 8 years ago

Cheryl - thanks so much for reblogging my post and I hope it illustrates the importance of preparing homes for the market and capturing them with professional MLS photographs. The camera really does see things the naked eye doesn't and it's never a good surprise when you download them to your computer, lol.

Posted by Kristine Ginsberg, NJ Home Stager (Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Cheryl  That was an excellent post to reblog.  Kristine's points are well made

Posted by Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS" (RE/MAX Executives) almost 8 years ago