Not every interior photography job is going to be in the most amazing and grand spaces. 

Some jobs are going to be (equally amazing but) in small spaces which are really going to test your skills as a photographer.

This post is going to go through some tips to help you photograph small spaces. 

8 Tips for Photographing Small Spaces

Use a Wide Angle Lens

A wide-angle lens can help capture more of the space in a single shot, making it feel larger than it actually is. 

I like shooting around 24mm but for smaller spaces you may need to go even wider.

The 17mm TS-E is a great option for small spaces if you have the budget for it but there are plenty of other good lenses for small spaces.

Just be careful not to distort the perspective too much if you’re using a cheaper zoom lens.

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Using a wide angle lens will make a space appear bigger.

Take Advantage of Natural Light

If possible, use natural light to illuminate the space. 

This can make the space feel brighter and more inviting, and can help avoid harsh shadows.

Some small spaces can often feel darker and the light source may all be from one location so you may also need to add a pop of flash to help lift the image.

If you do go the artificial lighting route, make it look as natural as possible by replicating the natural light in the space.

Consider Your Angles

Think about the best angles for photographing the space.

Smaller spaces often work better photographed at an angle to try and exaggerate the leading lines within the image.

Be careful when photographing any space on a wide angle lens at an angle that objects closer to the camera will look far bigger than objects that are further away.

You may need to consider where to put different objects in the frame to avoid this.

Declutter the Space 

Remove any unnecessary items from the space before taking photos and arrange any furniture to account for you camera position. 

This can help make the space feel larger and more open.

I’ve done a whole post on preparing for an interior photography shoot which has lots of tips on getting the space ready.

Use a Tripod

Using a tripod can help you achieve sharper, more stable shots. 

This is especially important when photographing in small spaces, where any camera movement can be amplified.

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Make sure you have a good tripod.

Pay Attention to the Details 

Small spaces often have unique features that can make for interesting photographs.

Talk to the interior designer beforehand to see if they have added any space saving ideas to the design. 

These will make nice lifestyle images as well as being really beneficial shots for the designer to use too.

Use Props or Models for Scale

If you’re having trouble conveying the size of the space in your photos, try using props or models to give a sense of scale. 

Be careful if you’re using people that you don’t put them too close to the camera and make them appear larger in the frame as this can actually make the space look smaller.

Getting a stylist involved to help you prop the photographs is a great way to really lift a space and their experience can be beneficial to making a space appear bigger.

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Using something as a point of reference, in this case a dog, helps people gauge the size of the space.

Edit Your Photos

Finally, make sure you’re shooting in a RAW format and don’t forget to edit your photos after taking them. 

Adjusting the brightness, contrast, and saturation can help make the space look its best and even out any areas which may draw the eye.

I hope these 7 tips for shooting small spaces have helped improve your interior photography, if you have any more tips, please put them below.

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