Interior photography is such a specialised genre to shoot within photography and there are so many accessories available which will make your job so much easier.
Here is a list going through lenses to laptops to help you choose the best ten accessories for interior photography.
There are a range of filters which you will find beneficial in your interior photography, but with the speed of modern post production your money may be better spent in other areas.
That being said, there are still two filters which you will find hard to replicate in post production and should find their way into your bag.
Neutral density filters for interior photography
The traditional graduated neutral density filter has had a great history of use for landscape photography as it allows you to balance the exposure of your shot by effectively darkening a section of your image i.e. the sky, by a set amount.
They are usually available from most brands in 0.3 ND (1 stop), 0.6ND (2 stops) and 0.9 ND (3 stops) configurations, giving you a degree of control of the amount of light they eliminate from the exposure. With the ability to shoot RAW and bracket exposures, the graduated neutral density filter has taken a back seat.
However, a non-graduated neutral density filter definitely still has a place in the interior photographer’s bag. It allows you to eliminate a set amount of light across the whole frame.
So, if your room is too light, or you want to reduce your shutter speed to introduce some movement into your image, then whack a neutral density filter on the front of your lens to get the exposure you need and you’re winning at life.
For more information on neutral density filters check out my post on how to use a neutral density filter.
Polarising filter for interior photography
A polarising filter is the second kind of filter I would choose to have in my bag. Basically, it allows you to eliminate glare and reflections in windows and polished surfaces, such as kitchen worktops. It does this by filtering out polarised light.
If you want to learn a bit more about polarising filters check out my recent post on how to use polarising filters.
Tripod for interior photography
One of the most important accessories you will take with you on interior photography jobs will be your tripod, like this Manfrotto 055 shown to the left.
There is a full discussion on tripods, check out my best tripod for interior photography post.
Interior photography often requires long exposures and a static camera.
The best way to eliminate camera shake is to attach a cable release to your camera.
There are loads of different types available and your camera’s manufacturer will more than likely have a specific one for your camera, so check their website out. However, third party manufacturers also offer cable releases and some of the current cameras can even be triggered via apps on your phone.
This allows you to control all your camera’s functions without ever having to touch it.
Lenses for interior photography
Chances are that if you’re shooting interior photography you will think you have to reach for that wide angle lens and get everything in.
While it’s a good idea to have your wide angle lens close to your camera, it’s also important to keep your options open and get creative with some different lenses, and speciality lenses, such as a tilt shift, can be a great addition to your camera bag.
For a more in depth discussion on lenses check out my best lenses for interior photography post.
Lighting for interior photography
There will come a time in your interior photography career that you arrive for a shoot and the lighting isn’t perfect, but you only have a very slim time frame in which to capture the images.
When this happens, you will have to add a little bit of artificial sparkle to the shoot. T
he easiest and cheapest way to do that is with a simple speed light flash, but there are great portable systems you can buy from most of the main manufacturers which will give you a more powerful and controllable light output. If you would like to learn more about them, check out my post on lighting for interior photography.
Interior photography is often a game of patience and you can sometimes spend hours after you have got your camera in position just waiting for the light to change or moving props around the frame looking for that perfect picture.
Using a CamRanger allows you to use the live view on your camera through your tablet or phone, so you don’t have to go back to the camera to check how things look.
This not only saves you time, but also gives you a larger screen to work with and helps you get your camera into positions where you would otherwise find it awkward to look through the viewfinder i.e. if it’s way up high or backed up into a corner.
Having the ability to tether your camera on set and shoot straight into a programme such as Capture One is great if you have clients on set. The range of cables from Tether Tools will have you covered for any situation.
Apple is pretty much the industry standard for photography.
Their laptops don’t just look stunning, but they can also withstand a constant battering from being thrown around sets.
A 13” MacBook Pro is compact enough to carry everywhere you need to go but powerful enough to be capable of doing anything you ask it to.
Editing software for interior photography
Once the shoot is over, sadly your job isn’t. It’s time to process those RAW files, edit out any little blemishes or combine those HDR images you have shot.
There are a range of software programmes available for your interior photography – the predominant ones I discussed in my editing software for interior photography post.
Colour calibrating system
Interior photography is one of the hardest genres to shoot, as there are so many technical nuances which you need to take into consideration while you are shooting.
Colour fidelity is key for many clients to represent their designs in a faithful way. Having a simple grey card such as the X-rite ColorCheck Passport Photo will ensure you can get the correct white balance on set.
Your monitor is one of the most important places to get your colour correct. There is no point spending hours retouching if you’re retouching to the wrong colours.
Calibration tools, such as the Datacolor Spyder5ELITE, ensure that your colours are exactly what they should be.
If you’re printing your own work, then something like the Datacolor SpyderPRINT is imperative to make sure your colours stay consistent throughout the whole process.
Pocket Wizards are a wireless trigger which can be used to trigger both your lighting (meaning you can avoid having sync cables lying around on set) and also to trigger your camera from up to 500 metres away.
There are loads of different models specific to camera manufacturers, offering things like high speed sync capabilities, but unless you have found some golden elixir, you’re not going to need all that for interior photography.
The PlusX offers you everything you would need in a wireless trigger and, if looked after, will last you a lifetime.
I hope this has given you some good ideas on which accessories will be handy to have in your bag for your interior photography.
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