Capturing Every Detail: Interior Design Photography

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.

  Photography by Ellis Creek

Photography by Ellis Creek

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.

  Photography by Ellis Creek

Photography by Ellis Creek

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.

  Photography by Ellis Creek

Photography by Ellis Creek

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.

  Photography by Ellis Creek

Photography by Ellis Creek

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.  

  Photography by Ellis Creek

Photography by Ellis Creek

Interested in professional, high-quality photos of interior design, stock, residential properties, and commercial buildings? Reach out to our expert team at Ellis Creek Photography. We also excel in daytime, twilight, and aerial photography. For examples of our work, click here.

Charleston Aerial Photography: Some Questions and Answers

Drone photography in Charleston, SC is an exciting field, to say the least. Over the past few years, we’ve watched drones become smaller, lighter, stronger, and easier to control, all of which are great things for Charleston aerial photography. At Ellis Creek Photography, we have fully incorporated these technological improvements into our photography services, offering our clients spectacular wide-angle shots of all sorts of large properties for lower costs than ever before. We recently interviewed Joshua Corrigan, the principal photographer and resident drone photography expert at Ellis Creek Photography, to find out as much as we could about how he and his team use these amazing machines.

Techniques of the Interior Design Photographer in Charleston, SC

Techniques of the Interior Design Photographer in Charleston, SC

Every photographer in Charleston, SC has their own unique set of experiences, education, equipment, assistants, and knowledge, all of which come through in their photographs. This is true whether the photographer in question works with photographing special events like weddings, architectural features, or beautifully decorated interiors. The average magazine reader or real estate shopper doesn’t typically see “through” the photographs they’re looking at to see all of that background, but it’s unquestionably the secret behind truly striking photography. With this article, we give you a little insight into that background, telling you how a photographer in Charleston, SC creates great interior design shots by pulling together all of their technological, intellectual, and artistic resources.

What to Expect from Your South Carolina Commercial Photographer

What to Expect from Your South Carolina Commercial Photographer

In the field of photography, we usually think of two main divisions: retail photographers and commercial photographers. Retail photography includes wedding, engagement, family portraits, and similar projects that individuals typically hire photographers for on a small-scale basis. Commercial photography, on the other hand, involves larger projects. The photos you see in magazines, books, many websites, and real estate listings are some examples of commercial photography. Of course, a commercial photographer may specialize in one of a number of different subcategories: interiors, architecture, real estate, or even the creation of stock images for purchase online. In this post, we’d like to introduce you to a few of those different subcategories and also give you an idea of what to expect when you choose to work with Ellis Creek Photography as your South Carolina-based partner in commercial photography.

Announcing our partnership with One80 Place

Announcing our partnership with One80 Place

At Ellis Creek, we are honored to photograph some of the most beautiful homes in the low country. However, many of our neighbors aren't so fortunate. and some don't have a home at all. As a company, we strongly believe in investing in our wonderful community. So, beginning in January we proudly began a partnership with One80 Place, a Charleston, SC-based organization whose mission is to end homelessness and hunger one person at a time, one family at a time.