5 Simple Steps For Perfect Pool Pics

by Pool Builders on 03-25-2013 in Articles

1. Sunny Days Are The Best

If at all possible, take your pool photos on a sunny day. The sun makes the water sparkle and shine. This makes the pool will look inviting. Sunny days are also the best days for swimming and fun in the pool. And that's, of course, what you're selling!

2. Remove The Cleaning Hose, Head And Other Loose Items

Ask the Seller to remove any hoses, cleaning heads, toys, balls and other items from the pool before you arrive to take your photos. This saves you the time and effort of dragging out hoses and other items. And it also allows time for any water that is drained onto the surrounds of the pool to dry out before you start.

The hoses need to be hidden behind the pool pump house or the surrounding garden, well out of sight. Or better still, get the Seller to put them in the garage.

It's also a good idea to ask the Seller to clean any fallen leaves and debris from the pool as well. A sparkling pool is a clean one.

3. Add Ripples As A Special Effect

Use the pool scoop to 'rough up' the water and make ripples across the pool surface. This reflects the light and adds sparkle and interest to the water.

This needs to be done immediately before you take a photo and may need to be done a few times over the timeframe for a complete set of photos, because the ripples will settle down in a fairly short time.

4. Feature The Features

If there is a waterfall, fountain or spray feature with the pool, make sure you capture a separate photo of it.

Sometimes the feature is the tropical garden surrounding the pool and adding atmosphere. Or, as in one photo shoot I did, it was the white painted Mediterranean style wall, complete with a hand painted scene, that went around one side of the pool.

If you have the option of a faster shutter speed on your settings, you can use it to good effect to catch the individual droplets in the water stream. Or try a slower speed to create a smooth look to the water coming out of a fountain.

5. Look Around For The Best Angles

Look around at the surrounds of the pool. If there are neighbour's houses that overlook the pool, it is best not to get them in the photo.

Most buyers want their pool to be their private haven and not have prying eyes overlooking. Remember, a picture can tell a 1,000 word story - just make sure it's the right one!

Take photos of the pool from as many different angles as you can - including looking back over the pool to an outdoor entertaining or alfresco area. Once again, it tells a story of casual dining whilst the family has fun in the pool.

And finally, kneel down on one knee and see if taking a photo or two from a low level enhances the look of the pool. It often does.

Need more information on taking real estate photos? Please visit my blog for easy to follow examples of how to achieve better photos for better sales results.

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