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How to Take Better Photos of Your Home

Woman taking photos with iPhone

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 some interior photography 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.

Taking interior iPhone photos

1. Turn off all your lights

This might sound counter intuitive 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!

artificial light vs natural light

2. 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.

How to frame your photos

3. 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!

Interior photography tips

4. 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.

Woman taking photos from different angles

5. 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.

Decluttering before and after

6. 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.

Keep iPhone camera focused by using both 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 iphone camera focus How to adjust iphone camera brightness

Now that you’re a pro, show us photos of your latest project with Rustica Hardware through our Submit Your Project page!

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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.

“Slab” refers to the door only where “Pre Hung” includes the door, hinges, and the door jamb pre-assembled with Rustica standard hinge positions.

Our designer corbels are sold in pairs. Each pair of mantel corbels is made of solid alder wood and designed for use with our floating mantel shelves. Corbels are easy to install and add a substantial design feature to your mantel space. Corbels will come finished to match the color and texture of your selected mantel.

For borehole backset (horizontal location of the doorknob), measure the distance from the outer edge of the door to the center of the borehole.

This is the width, height and thickness of the door itself. If you are replacing a slab (door without the jamb), fill in the exact measurements of the existing slab.

To measure rough opening height, measure the distance from the stud above the door opening to the floorboard at the bottom of the door opening.

To measure rough opening width, measure the distance from the stud on one side of the door opening to the stud on the opposite side of the opening.

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

To identify hinge positions, measure from the TOP of the door to the top of each hinge.

Door Accessories

Spice Rack

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

Stories Told Bookshelf

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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