I love it when Angie's List members include photos with reviews. Images bring to life the wonderful ways people use Angie’s List to transform their homes and property.
Member-submitted photos not only flesh out a service-provider review, they are sometimes featured in articles we publish.
With Thanksgiving and other holidays almost here, this is a great time of year to practice basic tips for taking better photographs. The ones listed below come from Mike Fender, who leads our multimedia team. The holidays offer plenty of photo subjects, from decorated rooms to family portraits. And if you're an Angie's List member, plan to include pictures the next time you submit a review!
How to Take Better Pictures:
Show as much of a scene as possible. But if a detail or specific element is important, photograph that, too.
Keep your focus point on the scene’s important element. Preview the photo after you take it to make sure you like what you shot.
Don’t forget “before” pictures! It’s hard to fully appreciate a decorating project or a room renovation without seeing where you started. Aim to shoot both versions from the same angle.
Pay attention to lighting. Available light is usually more appealing than flash, especially with smartphones. For outdoor images, the best lighting is usually in the early morning, late afternoon or early evening. Avoid high-noon sunshine.
Add personality. If you photograph someone in action, show faces. When shooting a room, consider including a person or pet in the scene.
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