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How to take the perfect photo of your blinds

How to take the perfect photo of your blinds

Jordan Harling

By Jordan Harling

Mon 13 Nov 2017
Last updated Fri 10 Sep 2021

Photography is the currency of the internet. If you want to impress on Facebook, Snapchat or Instagram, you need to know how to take the perfect picture. Delicious food, gorgeous furniture, happy faces – no matter what it is, we just love taking photos of our home. Most of the time it’s easy to capture to look you want: just find the right light, snap, then choose that filter you love.

If you’ve ever tried photographing blinds though, you’ll know they are a little more tricky to get just right. So to help you out, here’s our five step guide to a perfect picture of blinds and social media success.

1. Choose your equipment


Of course, we all wish we had a DSLR with a good quality lens, it’s the perfect type of camera for taking almost any photo. If you have one, then you’re well set for getting a good photo (as well as making the rest of us jealous). But that’s not to say that a DSLR is necessary – you can get an amazing photo using the camera on your phone. When using a mobile there are a couple of extra things you need to take into account: take your photo in landscape mode to get a fuller feel and keep your hands as steady as possible to avoid any blurring.

2. Wait for the right light


Most of the time we try bathe our subject in natural sunlight to get the best photo possible. With blinds though, the opposite is true. You want to avoid any harsh direct sunlight coming through the window you’re photographing. Strong sunlight will cause streaks of light to pass through the blind, making it so all you can see is the silhouette. Instead, you want to take your photos while the weather is overcast as it will provide a soft diffused light which wraps around your blind. That’s right, we’ve finally found a use for those grey and gloomy days we all dread.

3. Set a scene


One of the great things about photographing blinds is that your scene is already mostly set. Your blinds aren’t going anywhere, so all you need to do is make sure that everything around them is neat and tidy. There’s nothing worse than taking a perfect photo then realising it’s ruined by a pair of pants hanging off the headrail. Have a quick look around your blinds to make sure there’s nothing embarrassing lurking in the shot and Tidy away anything extra that you can see. Most of the time your blinds will make a perfect picture on their own, but you can add in a thoughtful accessory or two to accentuate it.

4. Pick the perfect angle


This is where you can really let your artistic side take over. When photographing the whole scene with the blind you usually want to shoot from about waist to chest height – depending on the height of the window. If you have tall windows with curtains you can make them look even more dramatic and elegant by using a lower angle. Smaller windows, on the other hand, can be made to look large by getting up close and photographing a small part (such as a few slats or just a fold of fabric). Play around, experiment, and have fun with your angles.

5. Take your picture and enjoy


Now’s the moment that all your preparation has been leading up to. Hit that shutter button, tap on your phone screen, do whatever you need to do to get that photo. Then all that’s left to do is enjoy it however you please – whether that’s sharing it with your friends, admiring it on your own, or showing it off to us (we love to see blinds).

If you want any more info on how to take the perfect photo of your blinds, or you want to share your masterpieces with us, then send us a message on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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