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How to Photograph Your House 27 Stories

Composition is key to creating beautiful photographs. While photography is certainly subjective, some views are usually more pleasing than others. Study other photos to see what views you like; your perspective will vary depending on your audience and interests. I often vary my compositions: diagonal, straight on and even...
7 Pro Lighting Tips for Budding Home Photographers
It's easy to set a camera to auto mode and let it do everything for you these days. Often the photos look pretty good. But the difference between creating average photos and some of the best interior and architectural images comes from being more intentional....
Pro Photo Styling: Say It With Flowers
Flowers add instant life and color to potentially flat interior design shots. But there's more to styling flowers than simply picking up a bunch from the florist — the difference between a store-bought bouquet plunked into a vase...
People and Pets Bring Interior Photos to Life
As I type this, there are 597,721 photos on Houzz. The number will probably top 600,000 by the time you read this. But I'd wager that only a small percentage of these home design photos have people in them. Architecture and interiors tend to...
Take Great Home Photos the Easy Way — 5 Tips From a Pro
As a professional interior photographer for magazines and books, I've learned a few simple tips that can make a huge difference in helping you take better photographs of your home's interior or design project. Little things like using a tripod, shooting...
Architectural Images: Truth or Fiction?
More than 20 years ago I attended a lecture by writer and educator Michael Benedikt, who proclaimed that virtual reality would supplant the construction of real buildings. Clients would be so impressed with the "reality" modeled in the computer that they...
How to Take Beautiful Home Photos
Photography is one of those fine art forms that most people think is easy to do … until they give it a try. If you have a home design blog or website, you know how difficult it can be to truly portray how gorgeous your new office is on a dinky digital...
Take Better Photographs of Your House in a Snap
Interior photography can seem like an art form limited to glossy magazines and flashy design websites. But even if your home is far from being featured in Dwell, you can still benefit from having a few quality...
Take Better Photos of Your House in a Snap: Part 2
Do you swoon over beautiful interiors in your favorite design books, glossy magazines and Houzz photos? Do you see these images and feel underwhelmed by your own space? Beautiful interior photography is often the product of a professional photographer...
Design Photography: When the Fog Rolls In
Nine out of 10 professional photos documenting architecture in the daytime seem to be shot when the sun is shining. Sure, even on sunny days, the elements might give a photographer reason not to shoot, but the ideal is to show a building or landscape...
Step Right Up: Expressing Movement on Modern Stairs
In a previous ideabook I looked at how people and pets bring interior photos to life, and it included a couple of photos of people traversing stairs. In that piece I said that “stairs are static entities...
How to Hire an Architectural Photographer
Although digital cameras have made it much easier for architects, interior designers and contractors to record their work, there often comes a point when you need something a little better than what your $100 Canon can produce. Portfolios,...
Inside Houzz: How to Make the Most of Your Photos
The 2 million-plus stunning photos featured on Houzz manage to inspire, instruct and encourage all at once. The power of these photos for both professionals and homeowners is undeniable — but do you know how to take full advantage of it? We...
Meet 4 Basic Types of Home Photographers
The Houzz community has a wide range of services and service providers, many united in the need for quality photography showcasing their built projects. There are many ways to photograph a home and many photographers to work with. And many...
15 Props That Are Tops With Stylists
If your decorating is almost there but still missing a final touch or two, you may need a few of the top props on Houzz. These popular items are the cherries on top of beautifully appointed rooms. Don't get them twisted; these items are not just decorative...
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