MY TOP TIPS TO PHOTOGRAPHING INTERIORS
Designing a space is one thing, but getting a good photograph is another! If you're shooting your own work, or even having it professionally photographed, here are some of the tips we always use when shooting interiors!
ALWAYS ALWAYS USE NATURAL LIGHT.
Those ceiling lights and side lamps, switch them off! They cast shadows and unnecessary yellow light that can look unflattering especially to the lighting fixtures you worked so hard to put it. You want the best natural light to be used and sometimes a good lens and camera is all it required. Also make sure you shoot at the right time of day. The best time to shoot is on a cloudy day as the light is naturally filtered. otherwise, shoot when the sun has the space lit at maximum but use your sheers or curtains as needed to filter the light too as you don't want burnt pictures of harsh shadows.
SHOOT STRAIGHT ON
Don't get too creative with the angle! We want people to view a home as if they are with us, and shooting straight on with a grid helps achieve that. Sometimes, we need to break this rule if we are shooting over furniture or in a really tight space. Always make sure your frame is nicely composed by turning on the grid feature and moving around till you have found the perfect magic midpoint. Nothing ruins a picture more than a crooked photo.
TAKE A STEP BACK
Vignettes are cute, but people love to see context! Cute shelfie, but let's see the entire cabinet style and cabinet color!!! Taking a step back allows viewers to take in the whole space, so they can really get an idea of how grand the home is. Show off ALL your hard work! Don't go too wide with the lens though, that tends to make the photo look warped!
MAKE SURE YOU GET A GOOD PORTRAIT (VERTICAL) SHOT!
Although landscapes are great for so many things, including showing context of floor plans, etc., for your blog, website and portfolio, however they don't work as well for instagram and Pinterest. Try to have you or your photographer make sure to get a portrait version of whatever you do! It's always great to have options!
Try to have a foreground, mid ground and background and Edit the space until you strike a balance. Make sure every corner of the image is interesting. Sometimes a few thrown magazines and some flowers are all the details you need to make a gorgeous image. Be scrupulous in your frame edit by removing any ugly items like remotes, cords, paper scraps and mess.
Take Macro & Micro images with details of items that you can curate and style together. They don’t have to belong where they are in real life but their similarity or contrast in colours can make them interesting.