Let's talk about how to choose the best photos for your Virtual Staging so that you get the best results from the Virtual Staging or Virtual Renovation.
There are really two factors that play into what we would consider a "good photo." Number one, the quality of your photo and number two, the angle of the photo.
As far as quality goes, we're talking about really the resolution of your image. If you're not familiar with that, you could do a quick Google search and just find some good settings for whatever the camera is that you happen to be working with. You want to be sending us the highest quality image that you have available.
You do want to keep some other things in mind such as what might be in the photo that you might not be thinking of, such as open doors that need to be closed, making sure you have enough light coming into the room, and so forth. This all has to do with the quality of the photo.
The other consideration is the angle of the photo. There are definitely different cases where you might be working with one angle vs another, but in general if you have a straight-on shot that's available to you to use - when I say straight-on, I mean you're looking directly into the room - if you have a shot like this, that is always an excellent choice for Virtual Staging. Because having 3 walls in the photo which happens when you have a straight-on shot really anchors the furniture. What I mean by that is that it gives the furniture some context and it helps the person's eye cement that furniture in that room, so to speak. If you have this photo angle available or you're able to go out and take one with this angle, definitely consider that as an option.
However, there are other times that you might not be able to use a straight-on angle. Maybe you have a rectangular room, or you're wanting to show the flow of one room to another room. Sometimes you might want to work with other angles as well. This isn't by any means saying "only use straight-on angles" - we certainly use other photo angles as well. It really depends on the room. What you want to be thinking about is, what do you want the buyer to know about that space?
For example, we had an agent recently that was virtually staging a lower level. It was an in-law-suite. It had a kitchen, a family room, a dining area, a living area. It kind of flowed from one to another kind of like a big Great Room. The agent had three photos of the same lower level (same room) from different angles, and it showed the flow of the space. She did one from the dining room looking to the living room, one from the living room looking into the kitchen, and so forth. Think in terms of angles that speak volumes about the flow of your space.
One other thing I want to mention about straight-on angles. (We do recommend using a professional photographer, because you will always get better Virtual Staging results if you have professional photos done. The photographers really know what they're doing as far as the composition of the photo.) But if you are for some reason taking the photo yourself, make sure that the line of the back wall is straight in your photo. Make sure your camera is positioned correctly so that that back wall is in a straight line. You want to try to show a little bit more of the floor than the ceiling in a straight-on shot. Keep the back wall centered in your camera frame, as much as possible.
These are some tips! We want your Virtual Staging results to come out as good as possible, so that's why we want to take the time to let you know some of the things - in our professional experience - that are really going to make your photos look stellar in the end Virtual Staging result that you're looking for.