How To Photograph Your Office to Attract New Tenants

Want to rent out your office space but not getting the interest you were hoping for? The problem might not be the space itself but the poor quality images you’ve utilised for advertising.

Although mastering professional photography to spruce up your interiors takes years, you can enhance your picture-taking abilities even with a smartphone.

In this article, we’ve outlined helpful tips and techniques to assist you with making your listing stand out against the average office with outstanding professional shots.

Although mastering professional photography to spruce up your interiors takes years, you can enhance your picture-taking abilities even with a smartphone.

Lighting Is Everything

Knowing the right time of day to photograph your office can spell the difference between photographs that are washed out and overexposed, dark and out of focus or just right.

Optimise your lighting to make the areas you’re renting out bright, warm, and the kind of office space from which people can envisage themselves working.

Magic hour refers to the first and last hours of the day where natural lighting flooding your office space looks the most inviting, realistic and flattering.

Avoid using artificial light or supplementing natural light with a camera flash if possible because utilising these pieces of photography equipment won’t paint your space in the most attractive light. Turn the lights inside your home off as these may cast distracting shadows.

If you’re photographing dark rooms that receive little ambient light, turning off the lights might not be possible. Thankfully, there are these creative ways to create the illusion of natural sunlight.

- Add one or two mirrors across from any existing windows that will bounce sunshine entering the space around the room.

- Avoid using dark tones in dimly lit spaces because these colours absorb light. Instead, stick to lighter shades that reflect light.

- Not only does glossy or metallic decor add personality to office spaces, but they also have illuminating properties.

Conversely, if you’re taking photographs when the harsh midday sun is at its worst, there are still ways you use the sunlight to your advantage by keeping curtains closed and blinds drawn.

Magic hour refers to the first and last hours of the day where natural lighting flooding your office space looks the most inviting, realistic and flattering.

Don’t Be Afraid To Play Around

Take pictures from multiple areas so that the room can be viewed from different vantage points. By doing this, viewers will get a better sense of what the office looks like from all angles.

Wide-angle shots are also commonly used for interior architecture because more is featured in the shot. However, it’s important not to include too much because the purpose of wide-angle shots is to give onlookers a taster without giving everything away.

This photography technique aims to create enough intrigue and spark curiosity for interested parties to call for more information or arrange an office viewing.

Take pictures from multiple areas so that the room can be viewed from different vantage points.

Invest In Photographic Equipment

Playing with different angles is essential. By the end of the shoot, you’ll have a wider selection of images to upload to your online listing. However, certain angles should be avoided to prevent image distortion.

Pictures that are taken at waist-level using a tripod generate aesthetically pleasing results. Furthermore, with the stability that a tripod provides, there’s less risk of capturing images that aren’t in focus.

If there isn’t an abundance of light streaming because you own a south-facing office block or you’re shooting at night, tripods and associated instruments might not only be handy but necessary.

Most camera kits don’t perform well under low-level lighting; tripods provide the stabilization to produce clear snaps free of blur under these conditions.

If you can’t afford photographic equipment, you can employ proper camera holding techniques to assist, but these only work for individuals with a steady hand. To prevent camera shake, plant your feet firmly on the ground, shoulder-width apart with your right hand over the shutter button and your left on the lens.

Stage The Shot

Composition refers to the arrangements of elements in a photograph aimed at captivating the viewer.

Before you get trigger happy, set the scene carefully. This means adding furniture, removing clutter and paying particular attention to spacing items. Your objective is to create balanced and harmonious spaces without overwhelming your audience.

Don’t be afraid to add new items while discarding others until the space feels just right. Search for online examples if you lack inspiration. And don’t forget the end goal, to create a refuge that potential tenants can imagine operating their businesses from.

Keep the space spotless and remove items that draw attention away from the primary elements, such as tangled wires or anything that doesn’t add value.

Landlords sometimes make the mistake of photographing office environments that look cold, impersonal and sterile.

In short, the trick is to add enough items so that your space doesn’t look cold and empty but not to furnish with too much as the rooms may appear small and cramped.

If you’re not happy with your arrangement or final product or you find that you lack creative imagination, consider hiring an interior designer for the job.

In short, the trick is to add enough items so that your space doesn’t look cold and empty but not to furnish with too much as the rooms may appear small and cramped.

Be Mindful Of Reflections

Hanging mirrors on walls is an excellent way to personalise a space, create more light and open up the room.

However, taking pictures with your reflection showing isn’t very professional. Strategically position yourself so that you’re not in the shot of open mirrored cabinets and windows while photographing the space to ensure no part of you features.

Strategically position yourself so that you’re not in the shot of open mirrored cabinets and windows while photographing the space to ensure no part of you features.

Consider A Photography Beginners Course

Owning a DSLR camera and not knowing how to use it properly can be extremely limiting and frustrating.

A beginners photography course covers the basics to help you gain more control over your camera and do more with it, including how to shoot on manual, what aperture is, and so much more.

Not only will the skills you learn help to generate attractive photographs of your sublet, shared or private office space, but they can be used for other interests in your life.

Flawless Shots Without Editing Are Rare

Are you disappointed that the shot you envisaged doesn’t match the picture you took? The perfect image, the kinds you see plastered on interior architecture magazines, is usually the result of post-production editing.

Make the process of editing easier and your imagined final image, the one you see in your mind’s eye, achievable by shooting in RAW instead of a JPEG format.

Essentially, photographs shot in RAW format are unprocessed and untouched, whereas JPEGs are compressed files. With the former, you can digitally manipulate and enhance an image without limitations; the same can’t be said about the latter.

Shoot images of local attractions

Although your advertisement’s focal point should be the interiors, include a couple of pictures of the nearby attractions to give onlookers a sense of the surrounding neighbourhood. Incorporate a few shots of nearby barks, harbours, local cafes, and the building’s exterior.

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