Here’s a fact: you can take terrible pictures with an expensive, high-end camera. Here’s another fact: you can take professional looking photographs with even the most basic point-and-shoot camera. Follow these steps (in any combination your prefer) the next time you want to take excellent shots of a property to ensure quality photos – even if you aren’t a master photographer.
Always consider the angle of your shot. You will need to keep the horizon generally straight, and only tilt the camera if you really need to.
Follow the “Rule of Thirds.” The rule of thirds insists on visualizing your shot through a 3x3 grid (pictured below). Place your subjects/objects within or as close to the intersections and the lines of the grid to create more tension and direct the point of interest to where it is needed. This means that you should never put the focus of the picture in the center of your shot.
Turn yourself into a makeshift tripod. If you do not have a tripod with you, use your environment to hold your arms in place. Find railings, tables, walls, and anything else you can utilize to take that clean and steady photograph.
Zooming in makes it difficult to keep a steady shot. If you are close enough, just walk towards your subject and take your shot at a much closer distance.
Be wary of the lighting around your shot. When you hold the shutter button about halfway down, you will notice your camera adjusting its settings based on the light around you (known as “Metering”). For the best metering result, focus your shot on other objects rather than on your subject.
Try to keep all light sources behind you, especially the sun.
Don’t rely on Automode for your shots. Use Aperture Priority mode (pictured below), which controls the size of the lens depending on the amount of light that enters it. This also contributes to the “Depth of Field” of your photo. Depth of field, to put it simply, determines if your background will be blurry or sharp.
Turn the flash off. Resist the temptation to use the flash on your camera because it ruins the lighting of your surroundings. Most cameras can do just fine without the flash, and the only time you will ever need it is in the darkest of environments.