If you can’t use a professional to take your listing photographs, avoid these visual mistakes. The photographs below were chosen to emphasize errors.
1. Exterior photo with distracting elements
These include cars, bicycles, trash cans, pets, children, etc. This example also has several other mistakes — it doesn’t capture the entire house exterior; the angle does not flatter the house; and trees obstruct the view. Are you selling the house or the car?
2. Subject too far away
Get as close as to can to your subject. This common mistake can easily be corrected by cropping. The objective is to have the image fill the frame. Use Photoshop or any of the many free photo editing tools like Paint.net or Picnik.com. Many computers come with a basic photo editor. Mine has Micrsoft PictureIt! and it works great.