5 Tips For Interior Photography

The need for interior photography is at a high demand in our age, with the rise in websites, blogs and interior designs wanting more photos than ever before.

Some of the industries that need this kind of photography are Architecture Firms, Restaurants, Cafe and Bars, Hotels and Tourism Sites and the list goes on.

  1. Try to take photos always from the corners

But don’t face the wall.Squashing yourself as tightly as you can into the corner will give you the widest perspective of the interior before you allowing to capture more of what makes it special.Try all of the corners of every space you need to see what the perspective from each of them it’s like.

Interior Photography by Stavros Marmaras

2. Focus on Good Light

As in all genres of photography, Interior Photography lighting is very important, you need to balance the available light so there are no overly dark shadows or bright highlights with some exceptions.Use the light that is available to you in the space like lamps, overhead lighting, fireplaces and natural light from the windows.Play around with different combinations of lights to achieve the best for every room.As a general rule,  you try for soft lighting so try to capture with natural light as possible and use minimal flash heads.

The best hour is during early in the morning or late evening, also try to take night shots for a different approach and more artistic result which can be very appealing to some occasions.

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3. Organize the Space prior to shooting

Don’t start shooting the interior at random, visualize the images you want to capture before taking the photographs.Add features to a room to create an appealing atmosphere, especially if you find the space on its own dull.Some carefully placed props that fit with the type of interior can give a significant boost to the whole photograph, for example, a stack of newspapers or magazines next to a cup of coffee for a cafe shop will give to your interior photography a character about the place.Walk around the place for a while and get a feel for it before starting taking the shots, speak with the owner and ask him what he wants to highlight most.

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4. Equipment to make you succeed

When photographing interiors a wide angle lens is always a good starting point.A 14-24mm lens will allow you to take a great perspective from the corners of the space.Always take a standard lens with you for the close-ups of details you might want to capture and support the wide lens.Depending on the space, you might even want to take a macro lens to take fine details, for example on a 5-star Hotel, Bar or Restaurant which are always offering a wide variety to play around.Remember to always ask the owner to guide you in spots that you might miss or dont know.

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5. Careful your Lines

Ensure that all your vertical lines in your interior photography are going straight up and down and converging at the top and bottom.Always use a tripod with a spirit leveler to make sure that the lines of the features like bookcases, doors, windows, tables e.t.c – are all parallel within the frame.If the lens is tilted slightly up or down the lines will be going diagonally, providing an undesirable distraction to the viewer in most cases and detracting the impact of the interior and as a result, you will have a photograph that appears to be falling away or tipping towards the viewer.Of course with post-production software like Lightroom or Photoshop you can easily correct it but its always better to consider it on camera like most of the elements in a photograph.

Interior Photography by Stavros Marmaras