5 tips for better interior design photography

How to improve your interior design photography

With the increasing trend of interior design comes the interior design photography into play.

No longer we are trying to capture side to side photos, our goal is to bring a lifestyle experience and call to action of the viewer to purchase.

01. Angle

The photography angle should reflect the space as a whole, with all design elements and space orientation.

Choose an angle that is little bit lower than your eye level to achieve “viewer point of view”

Going higher or lower can impact the proportions of the photos.

Keep the lens and camera straight forward and parallel to the ground to avoid any distortions.

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02. Lighting

Turn on all the lights in the space, open the shades and use the sunlight for more glamours and bright look.

If the sun is to bright or the views are not appealing, use the curtains and just change the angle of your photo.

If the sun is in sight or it’s too bright you can photograph with the sun to your back or to your side, zoom slightly to avoid showing the windows or change the angle.

It’s always best to have a directional light coming from the sides and not from the back or front as the photo may be “flat”.

03. How do you handle windows in photos

Windows and views are the most complex to capture, we will need to divide if we want to see the view out of the window or to “blow” it out (having the windows bright that you can’t see trough them).

If we want to avoid the views, we can close the curtains or change an angle to avoid the windows, another methods is to close the shades 3/4 this will reduce the light and block the view.

If we want to see the view outside of the windows we have to first understand, why the windows are usually “blown out”.

The exterior light of the sun is much brighter than the interior light, and sometimes it can be up to 10x times brighter.

So in order to capture the exterior as well as the interior we need to bring the interior light to the same level as the exterior light.

One simple way is to capture an HDR a 3-7 photos one of the exterior one mid and one of the interior exposed correctly and than combining them in post production.

The second way is to use studio light, speed lights or led light to enhance the interior.

Another way is to photograph when the sun is starting to set down or rise up, then the interior and exterior light are almost the same for a short period of time.

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04. Closeups

As a commercial interior design photographer I am “against” photographing details shoots, I believe it direct your client to focus on the “accessories” and not the entire experience leading them to ask where I can buy this item and not why I need an interior designer.

If you do decide to capture those closeup and details shoot, try to find a corner or a spot with multiple elements crossing themselves. Like a sofa fabric with a throw blanket and maybe a coroner of a coffee table.

05. Few tips for interior design photos on a smart phone

Your phone can do a lot but it sometime need some help.

Avoid photographing directly into the sun and windows

Photograph parallel to the floor and in the hight of under your chin

Enable the grid function on your phone for better guidelines and straighter photos

Try to avoid photographing with the widest option you have, zoom so slightly for better look, but don’t zoom to much as digital zoom in the phones will reduce your photo quality.

Zooming slightly will help in reducing reflections in shiny materials

You can upload today to instagram and with another push of a button you can send it to your facebook as-well so enjoy both worlds in one click.

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