Mastering the Art of Capturing Winning Photos for Your Home Remodel Projects

Posted by Home Outlet Staff on 19th Feb 2024

Confident in your home remodel skills but feeling uncertain about your photography prowess? There is nothing more satisfying than seeing your vision come to life, and what better way to celebrate than by entering your before and after images into a photo contest? Whether it's a stunning kitchen renovation, a luxurious bathroom upgrade, beautiful new flooring, or a revamp of your home’s exterior with new doors and windows, great photos of your project help tell the complete story of your home's evolution.

Before you snap away, there are some things you’ll want to consider so you can showcase your space in the best possible way. Submitting blurry images, cluttered spaces, and blown-out exposures detract from the beauty of your remodel and can negatively impact your opportunity to win the big prize. But fear not! With a few simple tips and tricks, you can elevate your photography game and capture images that are sure to impress the judges.

1. Plan and Prepare: Before you even pick up your camera or smartphone, take some time to prepare the space you'll be photographing. Clear away clutter, tidy up surfaces, and remove any elements that might detract from the focal point of your image. A clean and well-staged space will instantly elevate the quality of your photos.

2. Lighting is Key: Proper lighting can make all the difference in photography. Natural light is your best friend, so aim to schedule your photo shoot during the day when the sunlight is at its brightest. Avoid harsh midday sun, which can create unflattering shadows and overexposure. Instead, aim for soft, diffused light that gently illuminates your space. Be sure to avoid directly photographing light sources like windows and light fixtures. This will prevent blown-out exposures and ensures balanced lighting throughout the image. If you're considering shooting in low light, consider adding lighting to shadow-prone places like under cabinets. 

Under-Cabinet Lighting

3. Mind Your Composition: Pay attention to the composition of your shots to create visually appealing images. Consider the rule of thirds, where you divide your frame into a grid of nine equal sections and place your subject along the lines or at the intersections. Experiment with different angles and perspectives to find the most flattering view of your remodel project.

4. Tell a Story: Your before and after photos should tell a compelling story of transformation and improvement. While it is perfectly acceptable to submit a single wide shot of the overall space, you might want to consider including close-up shots of intricate details and unique design elements that set your space apart. Capture the key features and highlights of your remodel project, from the sleek new kitchen cabinets to the luxurious tile in the bathroom.

5. Focus and Sharpness: Nothing screams amateur photography like blurry, out-of-focus images. Take the time to ensure your camera or smartphone is properly focused before you press the shutter button, making sure to hold still until the shot is complete. If you're shooting with a smartphone, tap on the main subject of your image to set the focus and adjust the exposure accordingly. Consider using a tripod or stabilize your hands to reduce the risk of blurry images, especially in low-light conditions.

6. Edit with Care: While editing can enhance your photos, it's essential to exercise restraint and avoid over-processing. Stick to subtle adjustments in brightness, contrast, and color balance to enhance the natural beauty of your images. Avoid heavy filters and effects that can detract from the authenticity of your remodel project.

7. Avoid Distractions: Finally, be mindful of potential distractions in your photos, such as cluttered countertops, messy rooms, or unrelated items. Consider the background of your shot. Even if the main subject is well-staged and clutter-free, distracting backgrounds can detract from the overall composition. Frame your shots thoughtfully to minimize distractions and keep the focus on the stunning transformation of your home.

8. Including People in Images: Sometimes, adding individuals to your home remodel project photos can infuse warmth and authenticity into the narrative. However, it's essential to obtain consent before featuring individuals, especially for contest submissions or promotional use. Respect privacy and boundaries, capturing candid moments rather than staged poses, and being careful to keep your remodel space the primary point of focus. Please be aware that any photo submissions that include people, Home Outlet will require a waiver.

By following these simple guidelines, you can capture stunning before and after images that truly showcase the beauty and craftsmanship of your home remodel projects. Remember, photography is a skill that takes practice and patience, so don't be afraid to experiment and learn from your mistakes. With a keen eye for detail and a passion for capturing the essence of your space, you'll be well on your way to creating winning photos for your next photo contest.