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This is our first Real Estate Photo Tip Wednesday.

As a real estate photographer we typically send a list to help realtors and sellers prepare for a property shoot. We understand however that in many areas agents are still taking their own MLS pictures. We would like to give some help to agents looking for some ideas for staging and tips leading to better looking pictures.

The easiest and most profound thing you can do to make great MLS pictures is to pick the right time of day to photograph a listing. That is almost always sunset (although homes facing east will have more difficult front elevation shoot until the sun is down). In general, get there 30-45 minutes before sunset, turn every light inside and outside on, have all cars and outside hoses moved from the area. Photograph the inside first. Start with rooms where shadows have disappeared and move to other rooms as they disappear. Catch the outside just after the sun has set and shadows are gone on the home. You will have 10-20 minutes to get some really great shots. That is almost always sunset (although homes facing east will have more difficult front elevation shoot until the sun is down). In general, get there about 1 hour before sunset, turn every light inside and outside on, have all cars and outside hoses moved from the area. Photograph the inside first. Start with rooms where shadows have disappeared and move to other rooms as they disappear. Catch the outside just after the sun has set and shadows are gone on the home. You will have 10-20 minutes to get some really great exterior shots.

Here is a before and after shot of the same front entrance 20 minutes apart as the sun goes down.Sunset shoot comparison