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Photographing house interiors


Georgias_Dad 14 60 England
11 Dec 2008 8:16PM
Hi I've been taking photos for a building firm and I'm really struggling to take pics inside the houses I'm looking for a relatively inexpensive wide angle lens which won't distort the picture too much.

Currently using a 18-200 on a canon 350d.

Many Thanks

Michael
Coleslaw 16 13.4k 28 Wales
11 Dec 2008 8:18PM
In what aspect you are struggling with?
Are you saying you want something wider than 18mm?
Georgias_Dad 14 60 England
11 Dec 2008 8:30PM
well it's just bathroom are so SMALLL!!!!

as well as it seems every room in these houses!!

sorry it's probably me just can't get the angles right
steve_p 16 1.2k England
11 Dec 2008 8:31PM
Sigma 10-20 is a superb solution, I am sure many would agree!!!
Georgias_Dad 14 60 England
11 Dec 2008 8:34PM
thanks steve I look at that

The customer is pleased with the photos I've taken It's just me I now I could do better!!!
User_Removed 14 2.2k 3 United Kingdom
11 Dec 2008 9:35PM
I've panostitched in small rooms. Keep the camera level, use small increments and stitch the result using something like Autostitch. It works fine but the smaller the room, the smaller the increments required.
SteveCharles 19 2.3k 18 England
11 Dec 2008 9:49PM
Sigma 10-20 can make a very small room look almost spacious. Take a look here (link) (click on the link in blue that says 'click here to see some examples of our work'), one of my commercial jobs. All 15 images were shot using the 10-20 (on a Nikon D200), no stitching. Image 9 in particular was a tiny cupboard of a 'room'.
spaceman 17 5.3k 3 Wales
11 Dec 2008 9:57PM

Quote:can make a very small room look almost spacious


As every estate agent knows.
Georgias_Dad 14 60 England
11 Dec 2008 10:39PM
Thanks Chris I'll try that before I buy a new lens

Steve those photos are fantastic thank you very much
nickfrog 15 333
12 Dec 2008 2:13PM
10-20 is ideal ; BUT, if the end result is to sell property, going too wide can backfire badly as punters can be very disappointed when viewing the property as what looked like a room in the photo is actually a cupboard. Over promising / under delivering.
Not that this would make any difference in the current property market...
ade_mcfade 17 15.2k 216 England
12 Dec 2008 2:29PM
if oyu're using a 10mm lens indoors, try and keep the lens as horizontal as possible or the vericals get so distorted that the place looks like it's caving in!!!!

also, it's a good place to use HDR - I've done lots of interiors for a building in Harehills and just used the "Average" in photomatix, no tone mapping at all.

Run them through an action that increases contrast and sharpens them a bit, and you're sorted.
Just Jas Plus
20 26.4k 1 England
12 Dec 2008 2:51PM

Quote:....or the vericals get so distorted....


Sounds painful, Ade! Wink
ade_mcfade 17 15.2k 216 England
12 Dec 2008 3:44PM
not as painful as when you straighten them out!
whipspeed 17 4.2k 22 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2008 3:49PM
I use the sigma 10-20 when I'm taking shots for the agency I work for. And, yes it can make a small room look a little bigger, but I've only ever had one person say that, (most viewers/buyers have been happy with the views in the brochure), and the brochure did get them to view and and eventually buy. You just need to make sure that if you have to correct the verticals that you make sure the shot is in proportion to keep the room size right.
digicammad 18 22.0k 40 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2008 5:23PM
I use a Sigma 10-20 for property shots and, like Ade says, it is important to keep the camera as horizontal as possible. I don't use HDR as I try not to use a tripod, they stop you getting right against the wall which can make a big difference in a small room.

Try to keep vertical lines (like cabinet edges) away from the edge of the frame or you will have to spend time removing the barrel distortion.

Ian

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