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6 Quick Tips For Taking Better Photos of Your Home


Whether you’re taking photos of your new cabinets for Instagram, photos of the master bedroom for the real estate listing, or submitting an image of your fresh new sliding barn door to Rustica Hardware, you’re going to want the best images possible. Not everyone has the time, or money, to hire a professional photographer, so we asked our in-house pros give you 6 quick tips that will make your house photography pop. Whether you’re shooting with the latest and greatest in camera technology or pulling out the iPhone, these tips are suitable for any experience level.


  1. Turn off all your lights – This might sound counterintuitive but trust us, it works. Natural light is one of the first tricks in the book of photography. Lighting your room with just window light naturally adds beautiful contrast and drama to a photo that otherwise might be lacking. Another reason to turn off the lights is because natural light tends to be bluer in color than man made light. Turning off the man made lights helps keep the color of your image consistent. So wait until daytime (and open those blinds) to photograph your home!

artifical light vs natural light

  1. Check the edges of your camera screen– The most important part of the frame is the four lines around your image. By letting your eyes travel around the edges of your camera screen make sure you are capturing everything you want to. Ask yourself, “What’s in the photo?” Am I showing too much ceiling or floor? Does it show what you’re intending to show? Is there anything in the photo that the viewer doesn’t need to see? When in doubt, crop it out.

Check the edges of your camera screen

  1. Backup For Context– We all love to see a beautiful piece of furniture on its own, but seeing a door installed and in use is where it really shines. Here at Rustica we’re all about functional art, which means we love to see how your door fits into your home. So when taking that photo for Instagram, be sure to back up and show us the entire room!

Back up to get context for you photo

  1. Move Around – Don’t hesitate to move around your space and take photos from different angles. When professional photographers take pictures of a home, you might only see the top 5% of what they shoot, so don’t be afraid to get trigger happy. No one has to see the images that you don’t like, so move around and take a bunch.

Take photos from different angles. Move Around.

  1. De-Clutter – Look around your space and see if there’s any extraneous clutter in the room. Backpacks, shopping bags and other ephemera probably don’t need to make a guest appearance in your photography. By taking the 30 seconds to remove that distracting clutter, you’ll be ensuring that your photo is without distraction.

De clutter before taking your picture

  1. Steady As She Goes – It’s easy to overlook, but smartphones have some truly impressive camera technology in them. The downside of such light cameras is that they’re highly susceptible to being jostled. To get the sharpest photo possible, hold your camera with two hands.

Take sharp photos by holding camera or phone with two hands.

Bonus Tips for iPhone users: Lock focus by holding pressing on the spot you want to be in focus and adjust the brightness by dragging your finger up and down on the screen.

How to lock focus on Iphone How to adjust brightness on Iphone

Now that you’re a pro, submit a photo of your door and hardware using these tips Here!

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Rustica Lock Measuring Guide

Measuring Distance

This is the measurement from the top of your door to where you'd like the lock handle. This measurement allows you the flexibility to place the locking mechanism where it will not interfere with any existing handles or fixtures pre-mounted to the door. You'll need at least 2-1/8" clearance below. See Picture

Hole Placement

Introducing an easy solution to little ones slamming your barn door! Our new Closure soft-stop system slows you door down before it makes contact with the track stop. This ensures a smooth stop every time. The Closure system has been specially designed to be universal with all Rustica Hardware flat track systems, no matter the length of track this product will work with your flat track system. Product comes with (2) Closure mechanisms (one for each side of the track system) to protect your system whether it’s being opened or closed.

If you're just replacing a slab, fill in the exact measurements of the existing slab. If you're purchasing your slab with a jamb then a good rule of thumb is to measure your rough openings width and remove 2", that will be the width you want to input on the site. For height measure from the floor to the top of the rough opening and remove 2.25", this will be the height you need to input for the height.

Measure the existing slab, that you're wanting to replace, from the top of the door to the top of each hinge. You will format your entry in this format: Hinge 1- 10" from top of door. Hinge 2- 22.

Select which side of the door you'd like your pull/handle to be located when facing the front side of the door (the side of the opening in which you can see your track/rolling system). The back side handle will be placed on the same side of the door as your front side handle.

NOTE: The current lead time for Brushed Steel and Brushed Stainless Steel on the Box system type is 7 weeks.

Hinge Placement Instruction

Measure the existing slab, that you're wanting to replace, from the top of the door to the top of each hinge. You will format your entry in this format: Hinge 1- 10" from top of door. Hinge 2- 22.

Door Accessories

Spice Rack

The spice rack is great for holding an assortment of items.

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Four shelfs total, our biggest bookshelf.

Steam Engine Bookshelf

Two shelfs, with a beautiful design.

Coat Hanger

The perfect coat hanger for any office or home entry.

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