Congratulations! Your new custom-designed sofa arrived today and you can’t wait to show it off. The delivery team placed it exactly where you wanted and it looks perfect in your living room. You grab your phone and start snapping pictures, perhaps you even picked out an Instagram filter that you think will enhance the image. In all of your excitement, did you happen to notice that the kids’ toys were scattered on the floor? Did you miss where the dog tracked mud on the area rug? You may not have realized it when you were snapping away, but all of these unwanted details will detract from your main subject – your stunning new piece of furniture.
Whether you are using the photos to enter a home design contest (Hello, HGTV!), or simply updating your social media followers that you have been upgrading, it is important to set yourself (and your subject) up for success.
It is okay if you are not a professional photographer, because luckily for you, we have some compiled some tips for getting that perfect shot:
Get the right equipment
Now would be the perfect time to dig out that camera you got for Christmas, read the owner’s manual, and take some higher quality photos. You do not need to have the most expensive camera to get nice quality images, but even an entry level DSLR will give you more tools to get an image you can be proud of. If all you have is your smart phone camera, have no fear, these camera phones have come a long way in recent years and you may still be able to produce an aesthetically pleasing image with the help of the remaining suggestions below.
Clean up clutter
Remember the toys and paw prints from the original scenario? This is the part where we tell you to look around and if anything looks like it would not be seen on the cover of a home décor magazine, then it needs to go (at least for the photo shoot, and then you are free to put them wherever you like). There is a difference between decorations and household clutter. Decorations add to a room, clutter detracts.
Natural light is your friend
Depending on the layout of your room, you may be set up for a big advantage by using natural light, perhaps from a large window, to highlight your subject. Any time you can use natural light, rather than harsh fluorescents, you will get much truer colors and a more elegant feel to the photo.
Use decorations to your advantage, but do not over embellish the piece. A few decorative throw pillows and some artwork on the wall will do the trick. The space should look casual and livable, not random and thrown together. If there is a table in the photo, find some decorations that fit the scene like candles, vases, books, and plants to place on top. Avoid over-accessorizing and mixing too many prints. If it looks like a fabric store exploded in your living room, you might want to simplify.
Choose flattering angles
Do not stand tall over the furniture, but rather, view it from its own level or slightly above. This will require you to either kneel or sit of the floor if you have a low sofa, or short cocktail table. It is also recommended to photograph an object so that multiple sides are viewable. For example, do not shoot your dining room table straight on, but rather angle your camera so that you can see the top, side, and front of the piece.
Filter out filters
Forget the Instagram filters and fancy effects, after all, you custom ordered the piece that color for a reason. Why would you want to distort the beautiful new fabrics with a generic filter that makes your room look like a scene out of the 1970s? Don’t let vintage filters take your modern room back to another era. Although filters can be fun, you will want to leave them off to keep your furniture looking as life-like as possible when sharing online.
If you are still unsatisfied after trying all these tips, it is time to call in the professionals. One of the benefits of being a Furniture Galleries customer is that we employ our own photographer who will visit your home (at no cost to you), photograph your special pieces, and feature your home on our social media feed.
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