8 Essential Tips for Best Interior Photography

Interior Photography

1. Shoot The Brace

The bedroom and bathroom at Burghope Cottage have skylights that let in lots of light. However, the living room has a low ceiling and gets most of its light from a pair of French doors and a door leading to the kitchen. To get the highest possible dynamic range, we purchased a three-frame mount.

2. HDR Combination

We then highlighted the three images in Lightroom’s developer module, right-clicked the sequence and selected Photo Merge > HDR. When photographing the bracket, we wait until the cloud cover diffuses the sunlight to avoid excessive contrast.

3. Get Straight Vertical Positions In Camera

Straight vertical lines are the hallmark of a good interior photography. Barrel distortion and perspective prevent an image with straight verticals, but even so, entering as many verticals as possible in the camera will prevent cropping and being too far from the image if it’s spot on. Use the overlay grid in live view to line up walls and objects.

4. Refine The Verticals Of The Bar

Then correct any distortion you have left in Lightroom. In the Develop module, make sure Enable Profile Corrections is checked in the Lens Corrections panel, then go to the Transform panel and select Vertical.

5. Cut The Clutter

Nice lighting and a good composition, it doesn’t matter if you have a bag with a camera peeking out from behind the sofa, the laundry is on the kitchen counter or a lamp is hanging on the edge from one side. Make sure the room you work in is clean, clutter-free and attractively decorated. We recommend taking a test shot, entering Playback and zooming in on the shot. Take a few minutes to find clutter or misplaced items and move or remove them accordingly.

6. Find Some Details

Interior photography doesn’t have to be a wide variety of room shots. If you notice nice details, zoom in with the 50mm lens and select them. This is especially important when shooting features.

7. Look For Reflections

Rooms with reflective surfaces and mirrors are difficult to film. When creating your shot, consider anything reflective and adjust the framing or repositioning of where you stand accordingly. Setting a self-timer and leaving the room is a helpful method. The camera and tripod can be removed from the post more easily than the body.

8. Wait For It

The kitchen (above) has a mirrored splashback and we had no choice but to hide the reflection when taking pictures. We fixed this by moving the camera back to the mirrored area, cropping the mirror to the rod and adding a new image. These are flipped and manipulated using the Transform tool in Photoshop.


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