Books for interior photography

 

It may not come as much surprise, but as interior photography is such a niche subject, there aren’t that many books for interior photography which are written specifically on the subject. Many that are seem to be lumped in with architecture photography as a genre or are just a catalogue of shots with little to no technical knowledge or guidance in them. If you want to look at pretty pictures, that’s fine, but I’d recommend saving your money and buying the latest edition of Homes & Gardens rather than a posh coffee table book. 

However, all is not lost. Below is a short list of five books for interior photography which offer a good mixture of images to aspire to as well as technical guidance to help you improve your own photography along the way.

 

Five books for interior photography

Architectural Photography: Professional Techniques for Shooting Interior and Exterior Spaces – Norman McGrath

Norman McGrath has spent close to half a century shooting buildings and has many great books on the subject, including the great predecessor to this, entitled “Photographing Buildings Inside and Out”.

This book is aimed squarely at both student and professional architectural and interior photographers who are looking to gain advice from an industry leader on the subject. It offers some great advice on the technical side of the craft, such as camera and lens selection, as well as an amazing array of images from the author to inspire you to create.

The one drawback of this book is the quality of the final product seems a little rushed and it even comes with its own errata that can be downloaded from Norman’s website.

Architectural Photography – Adrian Schulz

This is a great book to give you a good understanding of the basic skills you will need to shoot good interior architecture photography, including step-by-step guides which include images and illustrations on a wide range of helpful topics such as cameras, lenses and image processing software.

It also goes slightly more in-depth on the different problems you may face on your shoot, including external factors such as weather and movement, as well as how to balance ambient light with artificial light.

Architectural Photography (Construction and Design Manual) – Axel Hausberg and Anton Simons

Although this book is aimed more at architectural photography and sits within a series of construction books aimed at architects, it is perhaps the most comprehensive book currently available for the professional photographer.

The equipment used within the book is all extremely high-end and it covers the use of tilt shift lenses and medium format equipment in-depth.  So, if you’re looking for more of beginners’ guide, this may not be for you.

What you do get here is a beautifully illustrated book, with a history of architectural photography up to the current day explaining all the modern techniques, such as HDR and post-processing as well as some of the staples of the genre with focal lengths, white balance and filters are covered in great detail.

How to Take Photos That Move Houses – Ed Wolkis

On the opposite end of the spectrum to the above, this book by Ed Wolkis is written with the beginner in mind. If you’re just starting out or you are an estate agent or architect looking to take your own photography, then this is the place to start.

It offers plain guides, all the way from setting up your camera through to beginning to introduce light into your shots and even includes a section on how to hire a professional photographer if you still can’t get the results you require.

Shooting Space: Architecture in Contemporary Photography – Elias Redstone, Pedro Gadanho and Kate Bush

Although I did moan about posh coffee books in the intro to this post, I could make an exception for this.

It takes you through the work of a number of architectural photographers and gives specific techniques they have used as well as examples of their work to show how the two disciplines work together.

It is rather expensive at the moment and only available in hardback, but if you manage to stumble across a copy for less then £50 I would definitely snap it up.

Are there any books you think I have missed from the list of books for interior photography? Pop a comment below and I’ll check them out!

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