Tips to help you with your Interior Photography
Indoor Photography Basic Photography
Pixean
March 26, 2018

Each space has a story to tell and interior photography is the way to express that story out loud. Here are a few tips to help you with you interior photography.

Character

Before photographing a room, stop and observe the room.  Think about what you want the room to convey. In interior photography a picture sure does speak a hundred works. Once you’ve decided on the character of the room organize the objects in the room accordingly. If anything in the room doesn’t align with the character you have in mind remove it from the scene. Pay attention to the details; no object is too small, be it a crooked table or a crease in the carpet. Make sure that all the surfaces are clean. Remove unwanted objects that clutter up the scene and don’t add to the character. Everything has to be strategically and carefully placed.

Consider the image below. Everything in the image – the colors and the objects - gives an impression of rustic minimalism.

Lighting

As in every genre, lighting is extremely important in interior photography. Generally, it is best to use soft and natural lighting. When there is enough natural light turn off all other major artificial light sources.  The soft warm light of golden hours is best for interior photography. Avoid using artificial lighting as the main light source as this might add a color cast to the room. The nooks and corners may not have enough light falling on them making them look underexposed. You can bounce the flash off the ceiling to light up these nooks and corners.

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Tripod

As mentioned above not all areas of the room receive enough light so you will have to work with long exposure settings to ensure that no part of the image is accidentally underexposed. To avoid blurs in these situations, use a tripod.

Straight lines

One of the most important aspects of interior photography is converging lines. Make sure that the vertical lines in your image, like the walls don’t seem to converge. Walls in alignment with straight vertical lines have the effect of making the place look stable. One way of achieving this is by shooting straight at right angles from the walls. You can also use  tilt shift lenses to achieve this. You can also use a  bubble level to ensure that your camera stays level so you do not skew up the alignment. 

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Context

More often than not you might want to capture the whole room. For this you can go over to one of the corners and photograph the room from there.  Try all the corners and along with other key aspects see which gives the best lighting conditions.  Generally wide angle lens ranging from 16mm to 24mm are used for this.

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For some interiors you might want to take a close up image but make sure to capture enough of the environment so as not to lose context. For this you can use a macro or even a normal lens.

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Decide whether you want the whole room to be focused or if you want just a part of it to stay in focus. Choose the aperture accordingly. A smaller depth of field will allow you to blur the background while a larger depth of field will keep most of the scene in focus. Use Live View to ensure you’ve got framing and exposure right.

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Composition

There are two ways to frame the interior: one point perspective and two point perspective. You can use single point perspective in which the leading lines run away from the viewer, thus creating a sense of depth. The point where they converge is called the vanishing point and this where the viewer’s eye is drawn.

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In two point perspective you have two vanishing points and you’re shooting towards a corner. The viewer’s eye will be drawn to two areas.

Information is power:

Shoot your interiors in RAW. This will preserve a lot of information producing higher quality images and giving you higher control over correcting the problematic areas of your image. Another useful tip is to use Bracketing to capture the interior with different exposures. You can use the best bits from these and combine it in post processing.

Use these guidelines to capture stunning interiors and tell their stories right.

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