Put lighting, angles and staging aside. The most important real estate photography tip in my opinion involves vertical lines.

I always like to start this conversation by showing the leaning tower of pisa. In our world, we see vertical lines as part of structures everywhere we look. Doors, walls and window frames are almost always perfectly vertical. Some rare exceptions are out there where the architect purposefully installed a curved wall or window, but for the most part we come to expect perfectly vertical lines.

If the photos you took of a property seem to be tilting to the left or right, we need to work on correcting our verticals. Here are the easy, simple steps to start taking real estate photos like a pro.

1You need to be sure the camera is 100% level. A good tripod will have a bubble level you can reference to be sure the shot is level. Shooting with a level camera will straighten the vertical lines in the frame and make the resulting photo more pleasing to look at.

2When you level the camera, you then have to lower the camera. Shooting real estate photos properly by correcting vertical lines means you can no longer shoot at eye-level as the frame would be ceiling heavy. Lower the camera to waist or just above waist level to get the important details of the space in the frame.

Take a look at the before/after photos below. Focus on the vertical lines in the shot – the door ways, the walls, the cabinets and the windows. Watch how they go from being slanted or crooked, to being straight upright and vertical, resulting in a more pleasing photo.

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