Tips of photographing your house and garden
1. Take a good look around before you start and remove anything that's going to look messy --- garden furniture, boxes, tools, a curtain half closed, a blind half down. You don't even notice these things normally, but as soon as you take a photo they stand out like a sore thumb. Remove cars from the driveway.
2. If you're wanting to take a series of photos of your house over time, choose the same week of each year, and the same time of day ... you'd be amazed how much the light changes over the seasons.
3. Choose the best light conditions. Never take photos looking into the sun. The sun should be behind you, lighting up the object you want to photograph. Try taking a photo on a clear summer/autumn day just before or after dawn, when the light is strong but no shadows are being cast. Sunset can also be an interesting time. And estate agents often photograph houses at twilight with the internal lights on to show some of the inside of the house at the same time as the outside.
4. Do you have other tips that you could share with members???
5. When all else fails.... go for a professional architectural photographic service!
For instance, see the fabulous shots on http://www.flickr.com/search/show/?q=BoydTour Andrew Wood, Managing Director for Latitude Group, www.latitudegroup.com.au
Tips for digitising old photos
To digitise old photos, you can take them to a photographic supplies shop. Photo Kew charges per slide on a sliding scale depending on quantity. Members of Studley Park Modern are eligible for a discount of 20% until 31st December 2010 for any photos of their houses or the immeidate area.
It is now possible to buy handheld devices that plug into your computer with a USB and enable you to see old slides on screen and save the image in digital format. See for instance
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5391131&CatId=297 Michelle has one of these that she'd be happy to lend to any members wanting to digitise just a couple of slides.
Those very old non-Kodachrome slides give a nice nostalgic feel, but if you're after an indication of the true colour of exteriors, there are programs which help you to correct out the tomato hues. See the auto-correct function on GIMP, for instance, a free program that's a lot like Photoshop