makes a strong photograph of a cottage?
to take strong images that will help you cottage rental? How
to increase the value of your cottage for sale?
Using family photographs to advertise your cottage will
not make the buyer look at the house. Buy a roll or
two of film or charge up your digital camera and take
pictures of your cottage for real estate use.
photographing anything plan out the best assets of your
cottage, what potential renters or buyers would want
to see. No, no not the antique flower pot, what is unique
about your property... Most importantly take your time
and be patient to get the kind of photographs your cottage
will need to have some summer time photographs of your
cottage. You may want to have some fall colours,
and winter activities to promote a year round rental.
Last, but not least you need photographs of the
cottage interior. If you are a cottage resort,
it also helps to have some photographs of your beach
that a strong photograph is worth a 1000 words, and
regardless if you are renting or selling your cottage,
this is the first image your renters will see!
general, photographs taken in early morning or late
afternoon will look better, as the light will not be
too harsh, and you will be able to see more details
in the shadows. You can use your flash even in
the day time. Use the sun by putting it behind you,
and try to get a softer look look for your property.
photograph of Bull
Lake Cottage in Arden, Ontario was taken in the
early morning which makes it look warm and inviting.
the Camera level to make sure your cottage looks straight.
Using a tripod or something to steady your camera on
can be a great help. Who would like to buy a falling
close to the subject you want to photograph. Have a
subject in mind for each picture. To much background
is not always good, while tight photographs don't show
space around the cottage.
is an example of a strong image from Blue
Spruce Cottage Resort near Algonquin Park, Ontario.
This is a clean, inviting photograph.
attention to where objects are. The cleaner and less
cluttered, the more appealing your property is. Putting
the main focus of your photograph in the centre is not
always the most interesting. Placing the main focus
point 2/3 up or down the photograph, will make it a
great photographs of cottage interior is not always
an easy task. You need to work with the limited
light, and often in tight quarters. Before
you begin taking photographs, it does not hurt to to
do some staging. Light up the cottage fireplace,
put a couple of wine glasses and a bottle on the table.
you have a wide angle lens, this is the time to take
it out and use it. It will give a board view,
and a feeling of open space. The other accessories that
will come in handy are a flash or a tripod.
are lots of different light sources for example window
lighting, lamps, over hanging etc. You can use just
these and shoot in "natural light". Try
playing with both long and short exposures longer-giving
you more of the natural light and shorter-giving you
less. Wen shooting inside make sure to use a tripod.
A dark interior photograph scares potential renters
it appears cold and damp.
photograph below of Beachfront
Cottages in Southwest Harbor, Maine shows a nice
clean uncluttered inside which makes it very appealing.
You can see that the owner has used natural light coming
in from the window on the right, while taking the photograph
from the corner of the room.
you may decide on using a flash, but careful not to
get splash reflections in windows an mirrors. Position
yourself at an angle to the reflective surface. You
may want to stand in the corner of the room, and position
the camera high, looking down. If your external
flash is hitting the sealing, turn the camera upside
do not recommend using photographs with people in it,
unless you have their explicit written permission to
use their photograph online for advertising purposes.
These signed forms are officially referred as a model
and Touch up
you did not shoot your images using a digital camera,
you will need to scan them in. To display the
photograph online, you will need about 80dpi, and an
image about 8cm in width. You can later make it
smaller as you need.
may want to touch up the photos a bit with any photo
editing software you have at hand. The standard
Auto Correct does usually wonders, seldom you will ever
have to go beyond it.
often we see photographs that were underexposed, they
have a characteristic white shade across the entire
photograph. In such cases, a quick correction
a Professional Photographer
you own a cottage resort or a planning a real-estate
sale, consider hiring a professional photographer. When
hiring a photographer, ask them to show you some sample
photographs they have taken both outdoors and indoors.
you want to save on price, talk to some of your cottage
neighbors. For a photographer the big expense
is the time it takes to get to your cottage. If
you can get a number of cottages at once, all of you
will benefit from the experience.