8 interior photography tips
So you’re looking for tips to help improve your interior photography, huh?
Well, you’ve come to the right place!
Take a second to prepare the space to improve your interior photography
One of the first things you should do before any interior photography shoot, before even getting your camera out, is to have a quick scan of the room.
Just take a couple of minutes to walk around and move (or remove) anything which you don’t think should be in the frame or may cause you issues with composition.
Doing this now could save you hours in post production. There is nothing worse than getting back to the edit suite and realising that there is a stray object in the shot which you really need to remove.
Use a tripod to create a rock steady shooting platform
A tripod is going to be one of your most important buys for your interior photography kit.
It allows you to keep your camera in the right place while you make subtle adjustments to the scene and also use much slower shutter speeds than would be possible if you were trying to handhold.
As a rule of thumb, if the shutter speed is anything below a 60th of a second, then I’m pulling the tripod out.
If you want a guide on which tripod to choose check this post out.
Choose your shooting height wisely for maximum impact
If you put the camera up to your eyeline, it’s more than likely you’re going to be shooting down on the whole room which will create some issues with perspective and have your straight lines looking a little drunk.
Conversely, shooting from too far down will mean you miss vital elements in the room.
I tend to find a good starting point is waist height or around a metre from the ground. Then, if you find there are bits you are missing out on then you can adjust the camera height up and down a little from there.
Use leading lines to transport your viewer around the image
One of the quickest ways to ruin your interior architecture photography is not to pay attention to your converging lines.
It’s important to pay attention to where all the lines in your image are pointing to, as the human eye will naturally be drawn along them.
You don’t have to use a straight line to lead your viewer’s eye – curved lines or items can work just as well.
Be careful of your white balance
White balance is one of the most overlooked tools in the interior photographer’s toolbox.
Every kind of light will have a different colour temperature and mixing them can often end up looking odd if you don’t know what you’re doing.
Have a play with the white balance on the back of your camera and see how it affects the colours in your image, paying particular attention to how the whites are rendered.
If you want to find out a little bit more, this in-depth video should help:
Use natural light as much as possible
One of the best (and cheapest!) lights to use is the sun, so you want to be making the most of this.
Plan the time of day you’re going to be shooting and keep an eye on the direction that the sun is going to be entering the room to really help your images pop.
If you’re really struggling with the amount of light in the room, then introducing some extra light is the way to go. For a more detailed explanation on how to do that, check out this post.
Bracket your exposures
Sometimes, even the best laid plans can quickly go south and that perfect light in a room can turn into a gloomy mess.
Learn to bracket your exposure. I usually shoot one exposure where the camera is telling me it should be and then a shot one stop underexposed and a shot over exposed by a stop too.
This gives you plenty of room to adjust the image afterwards and paint in the correct exposure, or if HDR (High Dynamic Range) is your thing then this will give you plenty to play with.
If you’ve got a particularly bright day outside, you may find yourself having to bracket the exposure for outside a number of stops under and the combining them in post afterwards.
Choose your aperture wisely
It’s more than likely that you’re going to want most of your scene in focus when shooting an interior space.
This means you’re going to want to have your aperture around the f8-f11 area, which will ensure your image is the sharpest it can be and you have enough depth of field to get everything in.
If you’re looking to shoot details within a space, though, you’re going to want to open that up to f5.6 and above.
I hope these eight interior photography tips have been useful – when you’re putting them into practice, be sure to get in touch and let me know how they have helped you.
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