This is easily one of the biggest issues I see when looking at real estate photos online. But here’s the good news: this is one of the easiest problems to fix! The results will make a profound impact on your images, and best of all, this fix won’t cost you any money to implement.
Let’s take a look at the problem. Suppose that Real Estate Agent Bob is taking pictures of his latest listing. Agent Bob is 6 feet tall, and he is holding his camera at about eye level. He is about to take the shot when he realizes that there’s too much ceiling in the photo and not enough floor. What does Agent Bob do to fix this? He points the camera down. Unfortunately, now Agent Bob has made all of the straight lines in his photo slanted.
“Why is this a big deal?” you might ask. Take a look at the photo below:
The red vertical lines were added to show how slanted the windows, wall art, fireplace, and other vertical lines are. Anytime you point your camera left, right, up, or down, the lines that were straight in person become slanted in your photo. If you’re a buyer shopping for homes online and you come across a picture like this, your brain is likely to respond with, “Huh? Something isn’t right here.” Others may even think that there is something structurally wrong with the house, even if they can’t put their finger on why.
The Solution: Actually, there are many solutions. You could use any one of these and find success, but I’d recommend a combination of all of them.