Interior Design Tips On Photography

With the rise in interior design websites and blogs, the need for excellent interior photography is at an all time high. panoramic print

As well as eye-catching initial designs, architecture firms, real estate agents, restaurants, cafes and hotels must get their interior photography and canvases with right or risk being lost in the crowd.

Well, who better to instruct them than the professionals themselves, right?

To help you stay ahead of the curve, here are our top 10 interior photography tips from the experts…

Stand in the corner. Squashing yourself as tightly into the corner as you can go will give you the widest perspective of the interior before you, allowing you to capture more of what makes it special.

Try all of the corners of every space to see what the perspective from each of them is like.

Some interior design photographers press their camera against the wall to get as wide an angle as possible.

Find the right light. Interior photography lighting is so important that it’s almost a specialism in itself. You need to balance the lighting so there are no overly dark shadows or overly bright highlights.

Use the light that is available to you in the room – lamps, overhead lighting, fireplaces, and natural light from windows.

Play around with different combinations of lights to try to achieve the best for every space.

As a general rule, you are looking for soft lighting, so try shooting with natural light from the windows during the photography ‘golden hours’ – early in the morning or late in the afternoon.

Organise the space. Don’t just start shooting the interior at random – think about the image you want to capture before taking the photographs.

Add features to a room to create a certain atmosphere, if you think the scene on its own is dull.

Some carefully placed cushions or a stack of newspapers can give your interior photography some much needed character.

Walk around the space and get a feel for it before implementing the interior photography tips in this article.

When starting on an interior photography project, you first need to think through what is the end goal of it?

Each client and each image have different requirements and things to consider.

How will those shots be used? Do you need to leave some space for graphic designers to put copy? How much creative freedom will you have?

For example, if you’re shooting for an interior designer’s portfolio, you will have to discuss what it is that the designer wants to show – is it the elements that were used to decorate? The lighting that creates specific atmosphere?

Remember in cases like this that it’s their work and they have their needs that you have to fulfill.

As another example, when shooting a restaurant, you usually aim to capture the atmosphere and include details and people in the shots.

It’s interior photography, but it’s not so much about interior, it’s more about the atmosphere and feeling of the place; you want to make the restaurant’s (future) customers want to be here.