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What is Daylight Saving Time?

우리나라와 달리 미국은 썸머타임을 운영하고 있습니다. 
미국에서는 Daylight Saving Time 이라고도 하고 
영국등 일부 국가에서는 Summer Time (썸머타임)이라고도 부릅니다. 
 
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썸머타임 (Daylight Saving Time),  어떻게 시작하게 되었을까요?
썸머타임을 실시하면 그만큼 일을 일찍 시작하게 되고, 일찍 잠을 자게 되어 등화를 절약할 수 있는 
경제적 이유와 신선한 공기와 일광을 장시간 쪼이게 되어 건강도 증진된다는 이유로 시작되었습니다.
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썸머타임 (Daylight Saving Time), 미국과 캐나다에서는?
미국과 캐나다는 2007년부터 3월의 두 번째 일요일의 새벽 2시에 시작하여 
각 지역 시간 기준으로 11월 첫 일요일 새벽 2시에 해제하도록 바뀌었습니다.
 
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썸머타임 (Daylight Saving Time), 다른 국가들은?
제1차 세계대전 중 독일에서 처음으로 서머타임이 채택되었으며, 그후 유럽의 여러 나라가 이를 사용하기 시작했지만, 
일상생활이나 학술적인 면에서 불편하고 혼란을 초래한다하여 채택을 중단한 국가들이 많았습니다.

 

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핸드폰등의 디지털 전자기기는 자동적으로 바뀌지만
벽시계 같은 아날로그 시계들은 토요일날 주무시기 전에 
시간을 한시간 앞으로 바꾸시고 주무세요 ^^/
 

 

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Cherry Blossoms in LA

봄이 다가 오고 있습니다. 
 
미국 엘에이에서도 멋진 벗꽃을 구경 하실수 있습니다. 야외에서 파는 음식도 먹어보고, 
색종이 접는법도 배우고, 야외 라이브 음악도 들으면서 봄기운을 느껴보세요.
 
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지난 해(2017년) Descanso Gardens 동영상 하나 올려드립니다.
분위기를 느껴보세요.
 
 
 
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South Coast Botanic Cherry Blossom Festival
일시 : 2018.03.03(토), 11 a.m. ~ 4 p.m.
주소 : 26300 Crenshaw Blvd. Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274
입장료 : 일반 $9, 시니어, 학생 $6, 어린이 $4
 
Website:
https://southcoastbotanicgarden.org/event/cherryblossomfestival
 

 

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2018 Cherry Blossom Festival in West Covina
일시 : 2018.03.17(토), 12 p.m. ~ 6 p.m.
주소 : 112 Plaza Dr, West Covina, CA 91790
입장료 : 무료
Website:
http://esgvjcc.org/site/10-latest-announcements/225-2018-cherry-blossom-festival-2
 
 
 
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2018 Cherry Blossom Festival in Huntington Beach
일시 : 2018.03.18(일), 10:30 a.m. ~ 5:30 p.m.
주소 : 711 Talbert Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA
입장료 : 무료
Website:
http://www.welikela.com/event/huntington-cherry-blossom-festival-march-18-2018/
 
 
 
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Torrance Cherry Blossom Cultural Festival
일시 : 2018.03.25(일), 11 a.m. ~ 4 p.m.
주소 : Columbia Park, 4045 190th St, Torrance
입장료 : 무료
Website:
https://www.torranceca.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/8704/18?curm=3&cury=2018
 
 
 
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2018 Cherry Blossom Festival in Monterey Park
일시 : 2018.04.21(토), 11 a.m. ~ 7 p.m.
        2018.04.22(일), 11 a.m. ~ 6 p.m.
주소 : Barnes Park, 350 S. McPherrin Ave., Monterey Park, CA
입장료 : 무료
Website:
http://www.montereypark.ca.gov/673/Cherry-Blossom-Festival
 
 
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Cherry Blossom Month at Descanso Gardens
일시 : 2018년 03월~4월
주소 : 1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011
입장료 : 일반 $9, 시니어, 학생 $6, 어린이 $4
Website:
https://www.descansogardens.org/Visit/
 
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The Best Sweet Shops in Los Angeles

 
벌써 2월! 연인들이 사랑은 표현하는 날, 발렌타인데이가이 다가오고 있습니다. 
발렌타인데이는 연인들이 서로 사랑을 확인하는 날입니다.
LA에 달콤한 초콜렛이 있는 가게를 소개해드려요.

 
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Compartes Chocolate 

10250 Santa Monica Blvd. #1625, LA
Online: compartes.com
2013년 오프라 윈프리가 자신이 가장 좋아하는 
초콜렛으로 꼽기도 했던 곳입니다. 
세련된 맛과, 아름다운 디자인
 그리고 초콜렛 포장까지 예술입니다.
 
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Dylan’s Candy Bar
6333 West Third St., LA
Online: dylanscandybar.com
랄프 로렌이 사탕을 사달라는 딸 딜런에게 
사탕 대신 사탕 가게를 선물한 것으로 유명해진 곳입니다.
벽이고 바닥이고 온통 캔디, 캔디, 캔디 뿐입니다.
그야말로 캔디 천국 입니다.
 
 
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Jack’s Candy Store
777 S. Central Ave., LA
Online: jackscandyandtoy.com
선물을 줄 사람이 많거나 파티를 열 계획이라면 
Jack ‘s Candy Store보다 더 좋은 장소는 없습니다.
브랜드, 색상 및 테마별 등으로 다양하게
쇼핑 할 수 있습니다. 
 

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Sockerbit
7922 West 3rd St., LA
Online: sockerbit.com
달콤한 맛, 신맛 등 모든 젤리를 좋아하는 사람이라면 
Sockerbit이 당신을 위한 곳입니다. 
 Sockerbit의 사탕은 모두 non-GMO이며 
트랜스 지방이 없습니다.
 
 
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Munchies
8859 W. Pico Blvd., LA
Online: lamunchies.com
초콜릿 캔디의 모든 유형뿐만 아니라 
포장 된 사탕, 젤리, 막대 사탕 외에도 
말린 과일, 견과류 및 선물 바구니도 있습니다.
 
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Sweet!
6801 Hollywood Blvd, LA
Online: sweetlosangeles.com
엄청난 크기의 가게와 종류들로 놀라실 것입니다.
860 가지 초콜릿 제품, 140 가지의 츄잉껌, 
250 가지 종류의 막대 사탕 등이 그 시작에 불과합니다.
 
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Rocket Fizz
1067 Broxton Ave, LA
Online: rocketfizz.com
전국에서 병에 든 탄산 음료와 사탕을 엄선한 
Rocket Fizz에서 희귀하고 
찾기 힘든 상품들을 보실수 있습니다.
 
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Little Flower Candy Co.
1422 W Colorado Blvd, LA
Online: littleflowercandyco.com
LA의 작은 사탕 가게인 이곳은
작을지라도 수제 마시멜로와 카라멜이 가득하고
LA의 최고의 비밀 장소 중 하나입니다.
 
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The 5 best hiking trails in L.A. with waterfalls

추운 겨울 일과 스트레스로 심신이 뒤죽박죽 헝클어져 있다면
벅찬 일상을 잠시 뒤로하고 더 늦기전에 주말 하이킹에 도전해 보는것은 어떠세요?

사랑하는 사람과 손을 꼭 붙잡고 자연 속을 한발 한발씩 내딛다 보면
몸과 마음이 사르르 풀리실 거여요.

폭포를 함께 즐길수 있는 LA근처 하이킹 코스 BEST5개를 소개합니다.

아래 리스트에 있는 장소에 Pet과 함께 하실때는 Leashes를 꼭 준비하세요.

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Escondido Falls
주소: 27200 Winding Way, Malibu, CA 90265
거리: 3.8 miles   / 소요시간 : 120 mins
트레일 입구에서 폭포까지 약 1마일 정도의 거리쯤 됩니다. 
이 코스는 협곡 벽을 따라 나무가 우거진 길을 들락날락하며 서서히 경사를 오르는 코스입니다.  
 

 

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Paradise Falls
주소: 928 W Avenida De Los Arboles, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
거리: 2.2 miles  / 소요시간: 60 mins
 
우기가 아닐지라도 1 년 내내 물이 흐릅니다. 
하지만 물은  깨끗하지 않으므로 물에는 들어가지 마세요.
 

 

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Eaton Canyon Falls
주소: 1750 N. Altadena Dr. Pasadena, CA 91107
거리: 3 miles   / Time: 90 mins
 
크지는 않지만 시원함을 선사하는 폭포도 만날 수 있습니다.
초급 코스인 이튼 캐년 등산로(Eaton Canyon Trail)는 
하이킹을 별로 좋아하지 않는 사람들도 가뿐히 도전해 볼만 합니다.
 
 
 
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Solstice Canyon Falls
주소: 3998 Solstice Canyon Rd, Malibu, CA 90265
거리: 2.5 miles  / 소요시간: 60 mins
솔스티스 캐년은 그늘이 우거진 편안한 트레일입니다.
아기자기한 볼거리들이 많고 참나무, 오리나무를 비롯한 키 큰 나무들이 
우거진 계곡사이로 여러 갈래의 등산로가 마련되어 있습니다.  
 

 

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Sturtevant Falls
주소: Santa Anita Ave to Chantry Flat Rd
거리: 3.7 miles  / 소요시간:  120 mins
나무가 많아 그늘도 많고, 옆으로 물줄기가  흐릅니다.
경사도 별로 높지 않고, 거리도 멀지 않아서 누구나 쉽게 도전해 볼만 합니다.
 
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15 Best Pizza in LA

   로맨스가 +100상승하는 LA 인근 로맨틱한 저녁식사는 어디서?
   LA의 유명 영화·TV 속  레스토랑 촬영지
   LA 사진찍기 좋은 담벼락 찾기
   LA에서 최고로 맛있는 햄버거집은 어디일까요?
   바베큐 피크닉 함께 즐길 수 있는 장소 in LA
   국 비자의 종류와 비자 신청 대상자
   미국 부동산 종류와 몇가지의 팁
   국에서 집 구하기 (아파트 렌트,리스,룸메이트,하숙)
   LA 인근 추천 여행 명소
   LA 최고의 볼링장 7곳을 소개합니다.
   LA의 새로운 아이스크림 가게들
   LA근교 펌킨 패치 및 펌킨 페스티벌을 즐길 수 있는 곳
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New Star Realty Korean Site Renewal

   로맨스가 +100상승하는 LA 인근 로맨틱한 저녁식사는 어디서?
   LA의 유명 영화·TV 속  레스토랑 촬영지
   LA 사진찍기 좋은 담벼락 찾기
   LA에서 최고로 맛있는 햄버거집은 어디일까요?
   바베큐 피크닉 함께 즐길 수 있는 장소 in LA
   국 비자의 종류와 비자 신청 대상자
   미국 부동산 종류와 몇가지의 팁
   국에서 집 구하기 (아파트 렌트,리스,룸메이트,하숙)
   LA 인근 추천 여행 명소
   LA 최고의 볼링장 7곳을 소개합니다.
   LA의 새로운 아이스크림 가게들
   LA근교 펌킨 패치 및 펌킨 페스티벌을 즐길 수 있는 곳
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6 Easy Ways to Become a More Profitable Real Estate Investor

For many real estate investors, it’s tough to make a profit. It’s not as easy as the TV shows make it seem. But with some basic best practices, you can make some serious money.

I’ve invested in rental property for over 10 years now, and I’ve learned some tough lessons. However, I’m more bullish on real estate investing than I ever have been. There has never been a better time to be a landlord in America.

Real estate doesn’t change much, as it can take decades for a property to appreciate. What can change rapidly is how you manage your properties.

Before modern technology, tenants would:

  • Drive around and/or read the newspaper classifieds to find available rental properties.
  • Call and schedule a tour of the property.
  • Fill out a paper application.
  • If accepted, they would meet you at the property, an office, or a coffee shop to sign the lease.

If you’ve used any kind of technology in the past five years (like a smartphone), you’re aware of the benefits.

Real estate is prime for disruption because many agents and investors are using technology from the 90’s.

If you like the idea of using technology to save time, here are some ways to make your real estate business more profitable:

1. Install A Programmable Thermostat

Housing is a commodity and isn’t, by itself, personal. However, people crave personalization and want to feel special. If you are targeting a particular demographic, think of how you can offer extra and personalized features to the property. One of my friends caters to senior citizens, for example. He makes sure his doors are 33 inches wide and that the properties have security systems.

I like to target energy-conscious tenants. Even if you don’t personally care much about the environment, you probably don’t like having a high utility bill. I suggest getting the first-generation Nest to save money.

Nest is a programmable thermostat. Although programmable thermostats have been around a long time, the Nest is different because of its simplicity of use. My wife installed ours in less than 10 minutes and had it integrated on her iPhone in fewer than five minutes. And best of all: The Nest learns your behavior and automatically adjusts its settings. A Nest pays for itself in about a year.

Another great item to personalize a property for your energy-conscious tenant is the Philips Hue lightbulb, a programmable, color-changing LED bulb that gives users flexibility over the color of light emitted. This allows you to set the mood for any occasion.

2. Install High-Tech Locks

What happens when one of your tenants gets locked out?

Many tenants live on their smartphones and enjoy the productivity benefits. So consider adding a smart lock that can open with a key or bluetooth. This is a benefit to tenants in case they need to let a friend in, and it’s a benefit to you as you can grant temporary access to maintenance workers.

3. Use Online Systems

Offline and paper-based transaction methods are time-consuming and costly.

The cost with using a paper-based system is with the extra time it takes to sort through paper-based applications, screen tenants manually, and process checks. This problem is exacerbated in my business, since I have a business partner and we like to share information.

To solve this, I use Cozy. With Cozy, all these processes are fast and easy because we have a company log-in that we both use.

4. Collect Rent Electronically

The number one complaint I hear from tenants is that their landlord doesn’t accept electronic payments. Making tenants write a check and mail it to you is not timely, efficient, or convenient. Other tenants want to pay in cash, which requires you to collect in person, which is also inefficient.

Cozy offers a way for tenants to pay their rent electronically.

  • If your tenants set up an ACH transfer, payments are deposited within 3-5 days of the tenant initiating the payment, and it’s free for them.
  • If your tenant pays with a credit card, they pay 2.75%. The money is deposited 1-2 days after they pay.

I encourage you to visit the “How Payments Work” section on Cozy’s website for more information.

5. Develop a Niche Brand

Branding your business by clearly communicating who you are to the public can be beneficial.

I’m a coffee fanatic, for example, and I make it a point to buy a coffee mug from every title company I have a closing with. Recently, a title company was trying to get my business, and they brought my team and me branded glasses. I told them this was unique. They responded with:

We know you have everybody else’s coffee mugs, so we thought you should get glasses.

I guess my brand is getting around!

Business cards are often thrown away, but coffee mugs with the name of your company and phone number are incredibly useful.

You can also offer a monthly giveaway for local products and services. The cost of this branding doesn’t have to be expensive, and the payoff from longer-leasing tenants and referrals can make this a huge return on investment.

6. Upgrade Your Computer’s Security

With wireless connectivity for several applications in your properties along with Wi-fi that is sometimes public, security will be the forefront of any conversation about technology advances.

As landlords, we collect a lot of information about our tenants: names, phone numbers, address, income, workplace, next of kin, references, etc.  It’s not too farfetched to think of personalized services based on this information. However, what would happen if this data were stolen?

I recommend taking extra security precautions with internet-based tools such as using a password manager like 1Password, which saves all your PINs, passwords, and even credit card information in one place. When you need to sign into something, you just have to click once. 1Password information is encrypted, so you never have to worry about that information being hacked.

 

Credit to Jimmy Moncrief

Jimmy is a multifamily real estate investor and bank credit officer.

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Noisy Neighbors Drive Me Crazy. Now What?

Whether you’re a renter in an apartment building, a duplex, or any other rental home, you deserve relatively quiet living conditions, no matter how many neighbors live nearby.

While neighborly noise is to be expected once in a while, a neighbor’s blaring stereo, shouting matches, or late night dance parties might take things too far.  So what should you do when you can’t handle the noise?

What Not to Do: A Personal Story

During my renter years, I moved into what seemed like an ideal scenario: a budget rent price for a modest upstairs unit in a landlord’s house. Things seemed great at first, until the landlord and her teenage daughters regularly shouted at one another from 5 a.m. to 6 a.m., consistently waking me after just a few hours of sleep. If I tapped on the floor (their ceiling) to remind them of the noise, the landlord yelled at me to shut up! Unbelievable, right?

They also kept a young doberman in a cage while they were away at work and school. Naturally, he wasn’t thrilled about and he barked. A lot. When the kids came home from school, he barked even more, at which point the angrier of the teens would shake the cage and shout at the dog. I’m sure it was traumatic for the dog, and all the noise and anger traumatized me for years, even after I left.

I couldn’t afford to move out, so I dealt with the nighttime noise by turning on a loud fan before bed each night to help lessen the impact of the downstairs discord. I was afraid to complain too much for fear of eviction, especially since we didn’t have a written lease. Once I finally earned enough to move out, I moved, posthaste.

Quiet Enjoyment

Don’t put yourself through the anguish I suffered for years when I was too inexperienced to know how to handle such things. Every renter — even in a situation such as mine — has a right to quiet enjoyment, the right to a peaceful place to live. This doesn’t mean you won’t hear an upstairs neighbor walking or moving furniture from time to time. It means the place should be peaceful enough from day to day to sleep or to carry on daily activities without being interrupted by aggravating levels of neighborly noise.

Step 1: Give a Simple Neighborly Suggestion

If you know your neighbor — at least well enough to share a friendly smile or “hello” once in a while — point out in a calm, gentle manner that their speakers, dog, or television is so loud it’s disruptive. It could be that they’re unaware that anyone else can hear what goes on behind closed doors, or maybe they think their dog is quiet while they’re away for the day. For your own records, write down the date, a summary of what each of you said to one another, and whether the issue was resolved.

If you feel intimidated about approaching your neighbor directly, go to Step 3 below.

Step 2: Read Your Lease

If your neighbor isn’t responsive or repeatedly causes a cacophony that keeps you up all hours of the night, it may be time for more serious action. If you live in a building, read your rental agreement to look for any language about excessive noise. Make a copy of the page, highlighting the appropriate information, and give it to the noisy neighbor. Be sure to point out any verbiage about potential for eviction due to noise violations or information about “quiet hours” in which all tenants are expected to be relatively quiet.

Step 3: Contact the Landlord

Contact your landlord, and spell out exactly what’s going on: the type of noise, when and how often it happens, and any methods you’ve taken to try to resolve the issue yourself. If the noise has been going on for hours, ask an on-site property manager or the landlord to check out the situation while it’s happening.

Step 4: Get Your Town Involved

If your neighbor’s noise can be heard outside or from shared common areas such as a hallway, they may be in violation of local noise ordinances.  Contact the non-emergency police number if you can’t find this information on your town’s website. Ask the representative for information about noise regulations. If your neighbor is in violation of the ordinance, let the landlord know. It’s in the landlord’s best interest to deal with the problem since he or she could be held responsible and receive a warning or citation.

If the noise sounds dangerous or threatening or all of your efforts have seemed in vain so far, contact the police. This approach works best if the noise has been going on for hours or if it happens at the same time regularly. The police or a noise-enforcement official may visit with a decibel meter to determine whether your neighbors are in violation of local laws.

Step 4: Arrange a Meeting

Contact other neighbors to see if they’ve been bothered by the noise. If so, arrange a meeting with your landlord and all affected, including the noisy neighbor. Power in numbers may be enough to convince the neighbor to quiet down or for the landlord to evict a noisy tenant. If it seems the noisy person isn’t interested in quieting down, inform them that you and the others plan to take them to small claims court if things don’t change. Also say that the cause is well-documented by you, other tenants, the landlord, and even local authorities. All of this evidence may be enough to create a peaceful environment.

Alternate Action: Moving Out

Since you are guaranteed a peaceful living environment, you may have the right to terminate your lease if lack of peace is an ongoing issue.

Credit to Kathy Adams

Kathy is an award-winning investigative journalist, not to mention a writer, brand blogger, decor/DIY expert, renter, commercial landlord. She also writes for brands such as Behr, Kroger, Canon and Black+Decker on topics pertaining to home and apartment decorating and maintenance.

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4 Surefire Tips for Better Listing Photos

Simply understanding how to use a few key camera settings and pieces of equipment can make all the difference.

It can’t be stressed enough: Great photos help sell homes. The National Association of REALTORS®’ own research shows that well over 90 percent of home shoppers look online for at least a part of their search. For almost half of all buyers, accessing digital listings is the very first step in their process. And while there’s been much speculation as to the homebuying behaviors of millennials, this much is known for sure: Digital natives are much more comfortable with browsing home listings from mobile devices.

None of this is breaking news, but it does highlight just how important digital representation can be when you’re trying to show a home. One industry study found that when listings were accompanied by high-quality photos taken with professional equipment, they spent significantly less time on the market and fetched a premium of $3,400 on average.

Unfortunately, interior shots pose a variety of photographic challenges that are difficult for amateur photographers. Real estate pros shouldn’t be expected to transform overnight into professional camera wielders, but you can certainly benefit from a few tricks up your sleeve and some decent equipment.

Don’t Turn Toward the Light

This scenario might feel familiar: You want to show off the new windows in your client’s living room, but every time you snap a photo, the image is totally blown out. Photos with dark foregrounds and overexposed windows are a common problem that happens when ambient light from the outdoors tricks the camera’s light meter into overcompensating. A flash will balance out the lighting in the room, giving you a better shot. Alternatively, you can use your camera’s manual controls and settings. The right settings depend on the kind of equipment you have, however. For many point-and-shoot digital cameras, it’s mainly a matter of adjusting the ISO, although you may want to set the aperture to f/2.8 as well, if your camera offers that flexibility. For shots near a window, typically an ISO setting of around 400 to 800 works well, although you may want to go higher if you have particularly low light in the foreground. If you have full manual control of your camera, you can increase the shutter speed, which will allow less light into the camera sensor.

Try HDR Tonemapping

The main problem with photographing daylit interiors is that it’s difficult to balance between ambient daylight, artificial lighting, and dark shadows behind walls and in rooms away from the foreground. This situation presents a range of different exposures, and while the human eye automatically adjusts for the various levels, the camera will have a hard time making sense of it all. HDR, which is short for high dynamic range, is a common tool for handling such lighting situations. In essence, the photographer takes three or four photos in rapid succession, which are then combined into one image using specialized software like HDRSoft. Usually, one shot is at normal exposure, one is overexposed, and one underexposed. When those three exposures are combined into one, you’ll see all the details that the human eye can perceive. This results in photos with a vibrant, luminous quality.

Many point-and-shoot cameras have an exposure value meter, which can help you compose under- and overexposed shots. Generally, the meter reads a value of zero on the normal setting, +1 or +2 for overexposed shots, and —1 or —2 for underexposure. Use a tripod so you can play with different exposures while maintaining the same angle on each shot. You’ll also want to make sure automatic flash is turned off for this method. It takes time to perfect this technique, of course, but it can help you capture more detail in challenging settings.

Buy the Right Equipment

Unless you have a surgeon’s steady hands, you’re going to need a tripod in some situations. A tripod helps compose poised shots and avoid blurry photos, but it’s also incredibly important if you’re dabbling in HDR or mixing up shutter speeds. The longer your exposure time, the more likely it is that subtle movements will show up in the final product. You should use a tripod anytime you nudge the ISO to a higher range. Also, if you’re taking wide shots of the home’s exterior or enlarging your photos, even the tiniest shake will be a lot more obvious. In certain conditions, even the slightest breath can create a shaky shot. Avoid this dilemma with a lightweight foldable tripod.

You may also want to invest in a point-and-shoot with a wide-angle lens. When buyers are browsing through real estate listings, they really want to get a sense of the space. But that’s difficult to translate into photos unless you have a wide-angle option. This is important not just for exterior shots but for indoor compositions as well. A wider lens in the interior gives rooms a sense of luxury and space that you just can’t get with a regular shot. Point-and-shoot cameras that have a large range in their focal length specification are ideal; the lower the value at that end of the range, the wider the shot will be.

If you’re really interested in refining your shots, you’ll want a camera with manual controls that allow you to adjust shutter speeds on your own. Or it may be time to graduate to a digital single-lens reflex camera, especially if you want to experiment with wide-angle lenses (with focal lengths under 35mm, used for very wide shots). DSLRs have come down in price recently, especially since manufacturers like Canon and Nikon have introduced entry-level DSLRs aimed at beginner photographers. Usually these run for around $300 to $700, and they are available with bundled lens kits to get you started trading out lens lengths for sharper photos.

Get Rid of the Clutter

Staging photos ahead of time by cleaning off counters, tabletops, and floors can turn an ordinary listing into a real stunner. Clear your photography appointment with your client before you arrive, and tell them to clean, clean, clean. Even a detail as minute as a crooked picture frame or a rolled carpet edge can detract from your photos, so be sure to run over your shots with a fine-toothed comb. Decluttering means no power cords or vacuum cleaners in the shot—but it doesn’t mean completely sterile surfaces. A few welcoming touches like a stack of books, a vase of flowers, or a set of candles will make the space feel lived-in and homey. After all, that’s what you’re really selling anyway: a vision of buyers’ future lives in a new and welcoming abode.

 

Credit to Erin Vaughan

Erin Vaughan is a blogger, gardener, and aspiring homeowner.  She currently resides in Austin, TX where she writes full time for Modernize, with the goal of empowering homeowners with the expert guidance and educational tools they need to take on big home projects with confidence.

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