If you’re already a Quotatis member, you’ll know that we encourage you to take photographs of the work you’ve completed to show potential customers. You can upload them on your Smart Profile with a description of the work so you can show off your skills and expertise.
But to really impress a customer, you’ll need to make sure you take a great photograph. But without much training, it can be difficult. Take a look at our 6 tips for taking better photos of your work.
1. Buy a good camera
Although many smartphones have high-quality cameras built in these days, a proper camera will still win. You don’t need to get an expensive professional DLSR camera, but a good point-and-shoot device is vital. If customers want to see examples of your work, a grainy photo taken on an old phone won’t do.
2. Work around the weather
Although it’s not always possible, try to take photos of your work on a sunny day. Your project will look much more aesthetically pleasing and will generally increase the tone of the photo. In photos that you’re taking inside, let in as much natural light as possible.
If you can’t get a bright day to shoot on, consider using black and white (unless your work relies on colour!).
If your work is all outside, try to photograph jobs you do in the summer. Trees that are bare can ruin the mood of a photo.
3. Tidy up before you shoot
Customers will be far more impressed with a photo of a stunning garden or beautifully-painted living room if they can’t see all the tools and equipment around. No one is attracted to a messy room, so ensure you clean up fully. It’ll also show customers that they can trust you to clean up after you’ve finished the work before leaving their home.
4. Use a tripod
Tripods aren’t that expensive and they can help you take a great photo. You can get them for as little as £10 on Amazon and you’ll find one a great help for taking clear photos that you can line up properly. Much better than trying to steady your hands after a long and tiring day.
5. Take the ‘Rule of Thirds’ advice from photographers
To take a balanced and interesting photo, use the Rule of Thirds. This involves breaking down the scene that you’re shooting into thirds horizontally and vertically. You’ll end up with 9 parts. This should help keep your photo looking focused.
6. Don’t be afraid to take multiple shots
Take lots of photos from different angles using the tips above and pick the best ones. It’s not like the old times where you’d run out of film – if you run out of storage, simply delete the photos you’re not happy with to free up room.
The more photos you take, the more likely it is that you’ll get some great shots.