While it’s become pretty easy to snap a beautiful shot of your breakfast or a candid moment of your family on just an iPhone, it still can be elusively tricky to get a good shot when it comes to interiors. Clients ask me all the time how I get such bright and airy interior shots when they end up with photos that look like they live in a deep sea cave.
There’s a whole different set of tricks for architecture and interiors, these 10 tips and tricks will help!
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- No.01Take advantage of natural light
I find my favorite shots are right before the sun sets or in the mornings, depending on the setting of your space. Mid-day usually creates harsh shadows and blows out window scenes. Get familiar with the space and shoot mornings or early evenings.
- No.02Use flash when needed
Some spaces are just too dark for natural light so always have a flash on you to pop some extra light in the space. Its great to use a combination of natural light and just have the flash help fill the space.
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- No.03Go wide
I shoot on a 17-40mm lens so I can go wide when shooting in small spaces. Be versatile with your lens and have the ability to go wide for those hard to reach places. Be careful of going too wide, you don’t want to end up with a room that looks five times bigger than it actually is! Just go wide enough to get the shot.
- No.04Straight on vs corners
Shoot straight on for the editorial look. Don’t go too wide, maybe 24mm max. Shoot portrait and landscape.
If you’re trying to expand the size of the space for a real estate listing, shoot from corners getting a sense of the entire space and making it look spacious. Shoot landscape only for real estate.
- No.05Zoom in
Use a 50mm lens for details, the accessories create the ambiance of a space so it is important to not over look the beautiful details.
- No.06Use a tripod
A tripod is absolutely necessary in interior photography. You want straight lines and bright images so the aid of a tripod will help immensely with creating the perfectly straight architectural lines.
- No.07Clear the clutter
A wire here or a stack of papers there is not really noticeable to the naked eye but the camera picks up on everything when it comes to a good interiors image. Make sure to hide wires. turn off spinning fans, close the toilet seat, and clear off countertops before your shoot.
- No.08Photoshop is your friend
Just like clutter, there’s a ton of unnecessary architectural clutter that can show up in an image. Make sure to clone out plugs, ceiling vents, or light switches to clean up the shot.
- No.09Clear and Focus
The bokeh look is great for portraits but not for interiors. Make sure to have a deep depth of field so all objects are crystal clear.
- No.10Take Your Time
Lastly, slow down and have fun! You don’t have to deal with a fussy baby or miss a split second kiss at a wedding. You’re dealing with couches and lamps here so it’s super easy to play around and get that perfect shot!