Real estate companies, hotels, restaurants, cafes, and other businesses rely on beautiful interior photography to attract customers and stand out from competitors. Whether you are photographing commercial or residential spaces, interior design techniques will always come in handy. Here are five tips for capturing every detail with interior design photography.
1. Create an ambiance
What do you feel when you look at the picture below? Are the open spaces calming, the light blue walls relaxing? Can you almost feel the ocean breeze from an open window? Are you imagining waking up to a warm, summer day at the beach? When you’re photographing an interior, consider the kind of ambiance you want to create. For example, opening the curtains will allow the space to feel larger, brighter, and more inviting.
2. Control the lighting
When shooting indoors, you’ll want to use a combination of flash and ambient lighting for crisp, clean photos. If possible, shoot during the “golden hours” of photography in the early morning or late afternoon. Open window shades and doors to give yourself as much sunlight as possible. The key is to limit your ambient light to one source to avoid color casts and confusing shadows.
3. Vary your angle
When photographing small rooms, it is easy to feel like you lack the space to fully capture your subject. However, if you are creative with your angle, you will find the room to photograph. Back yourself into a corner of the of a kitchen or bedroom to fully capture its contents. In larger spaces, a higher camera position is helpful. Consider a composition that allows the viewer to visually “walk through” the space by moving furniture and not shooting too low.
4. Shoot straight on
One technique that helps draw attention to a single arrangement is to shoot a “One point perspective,” where you align the camera to face directly at a wall. While this composition can tend to shorten the appearance of a space, it is great for highlighting natural symmetry and design of a space. . Align the camera with one of the walls and take your photo. Interior design photos are professional, meaning that if contort yourself in bizarre angles, bizarre pictures will be the result.
5. Use the proper equipment
First, invest in a good tripod for whatever camera you are shooting with. Tripods can be adjusted to any height and allow for longer shutter speeds. Unlike using your hands, a tripod will prevent blurry photos. For beginning interiors photography, you don't have to spend thousands of dollars on equipment, but its best to use a camera that offers a fully manual mode so you can control all aspects of the exposure.. For instance, by increasing or decreasing the aperture, you can blur out the background or foreground and capture the depth of the space you are photographing.