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Take Professional Looking Interior Photos

In this article, find some top tips for taking professional interior shots with your camera.

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In the last few years interior photography has branched out so it’s not just for professionals. With a rise in lifestyle bloggers, it’s become a keen pastime for amateur photographers. One of the main benefits is that you don’t have to travel far or even leave your home to experiment, which no doubt adds to its popularity.

From catching unique interior spaces to promotional work for restaurants and cafes, here’s five tips to make you more like a pro in no time. So, grab your DSLR and start experimenting:

Point of view

Naturally, interiors can be tricky to capture as you have to find your space within them to shoot around yourself, rather than exteriors where you’re separate from what you capture. Before you take any photos, walk throughout the space and get a feel for its size, learn all the boundaries and get an understanding of structure. When you can imagine your final image, go and stand against the wall to get a wider perspective on the room as your audience will want to see as much of the space as possible.

Most professionals will shoot at eye level as it looks the most natural. Try this and then go for something different to express your own style, like putting your camera on a tripod against the wall to get an even wider angle. This also adds an element of surprise as you won’t be sure what you’ve got until afterwards.

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Good lighting

When you’re first starting out, choose a setting that has good lighting already, where you won’t get dark shadows as this could set you up for issues in post-production. In your own home and family homes, it’s likely the kitchen designs will be set up with illumination ideal for interior shots like this. With under cabinet lights, ceiling lights and free standing lights, you can take your time and alter the brightness for the mood you’re trying to achieve. These can also be more appealing spaces than bedrooms and bathrooms, and also less personal when you’re starting out. Whichever room you choose, as it’s your home you can set the shot up by rearranging items if you’re going for a particular focus.

Natural lighting is also very important and can create a relaxing, homely feel for interior photos. Play around with it as sunrise and sunset lighting can totally change the final impact. These are known as the ‘golden hours’ in photography.

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Equipment for success

Unfortunately, you can’t take this up as a serious hobby or business without spending some money on a tripod. Anything less and you’ll set yourself up for blurred images that’ll damage your reputation and also mean the interior will look less impressive, which is bad news if you’ve got a client. It probably goes without saying, but you’ll also need a wide lens camera, preferably 24mm as you’ll be in the corners of spaces, and if you want to hone in on the details, also a macro lens.

If you intend just to shoot your own home as a starting point, it’s worth spending a few weeks improving your basic skills with the equipment you have, before investing in further products. If you have the eye for framing, using vertical and horizontal lines and know your aperture settings, it’ll be more than enough to get an impression of the sort of interior photographer you could become.

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Creative advantage

Always experiment and try new things to develop your skills and add to the creativity of interior photography. Your vision has the power to create something unique, so don’t be afraid to stand-out from the seasoned professionals. A good idea would be to try lesser used angles, such as floor shots looking up and using foreground elements to create unusual sense of depths. If you haven’t worked with props before, try adding something to the room that wasn’t there before, an item that maybe goes against the colour scheme or overall design of the space.

It should also be remembered that exteriors can be used for juxtaposition in interior photography, creating a clash between man-made shelters and the natural world outside. If you’re shooting your kitchen for example, try opening the door or windows and see how this alters the image. Does it actually make it more foreboding?

Good luck in improving your interior photography and don’t be too influenced by what’s come before. Innovation is always exciting, no matter the type of photography.


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