Wall of shame – We can see you!

When you have mirrors in a room, it is a sensible decision to try and avoid being in the shot. These people clearly forgot about the mirrors when taking these property photos, oh dear!

Quite a difficult one with a full length mirror, but the person could have stepped out of the door a little…

Looks harmless, until you look to the mirror!

It isn’t hard to miss the man in the suit against the white in this bedroom!

Send any shameful property images you find to me at sam@home-truths.co.uk and I’ll publish them next time!

About Sam Ashdown

Hello, I’m Samantha Ashdown, and I own HomeTruths. I’ve always held a passionate belief that people don’t buy homes on price, and since 2004, I’ve made it my mission to help frustrated sellers to move on with their lives. I sold my first property for Barratts at the tender age of 18 – the year I also bought my own first home, (I’m now on my 39th!). Read more..
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2 Responses to Wall of shame – We can see you!

  1. Mastering the ‘Dracula’ shot (shooting in front of a mirror without your reflection being captured) was something I fell foul a couple of times when editing my images in post production in my early days but there are a few simple rules or guides that agents / photographers can try.

    In the first image I would have taken 2 shots the first being in the doorway making sure what is in view in the mirror and the second would be with my back to the mirror shooting towards the door. This way I would show the size of the room plus I would avoid reflections.

    The second image is just down to pure laziness! If he used a tripod he could have set the height below the reflection and could have got away with it. Also I would have removed the bottle of bleach from behind the WC!

    The third image strikes me as another case of lets take the shots and get out of here quick! How much nicer could the image have looked if he took out the fan, which looks nasty, and stood against the wall at the foot of the bed. The image would have been framed nicely by the wardrobes and he would not have been in the direct line of sight. He could have then taken a second image from the mirrored door by the window shooting across the bed and through to the hall.
    Incidentally it looks like the third agent is using a DSLR with a top mounted flash unit blasting straight into the room. This has the effect of causing uneven light and producing a really ugly image. If he pointed the flash straight at the ceiling the light would have been defused by the white surface and given a more even tone and it would have lit the room a lot better.

    If you are going to the trouble of purchasing a DSLR camera a wise move would be to buy a cheap tripod (you can pick one up from eBay £25+) and possibly a remote control.
    Using a tripod reduces the chances of wonky shots as most tripods have a bubble level so you can see when you are level or not. It also reduces camera shake and looks a lot more professional with the customers who have trusted you with the sale of their most valuable asset. The remote control also helps you reduce camera shake as you don’t even need to touch the camera to shoot plus it enables you to position the camera in a tight corner.

  2. Sam Ashdown says:

    Hi Charles, thank you so much for your long and detailed comment, some fantastic points here, and great advice about the tripod! It is completely worth the effort in investing in a decent camera and equipment to ensure that you get the best possible shots.

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