Interior Photography wasn’t something that I had done previously until I was approached by Guthrie & Kirkwood Interiors a few years ago. Now it’s something I love. It’s totally different to anything else I do. Obviously it is all STILL, which for me always makes it a very calm shoot. You need consider composition, lines, colour, light & the small details to make a room look at it’s best - ensuring that you are photographing exactly what the designer wants the room to represent. When you photograph interiors the light can obviously reflect colour differently depending on what time of day it is, whether it’s a sunny or cloudy day & how you have set your white balance. You also do not want to use a harsh flash, as it can reflect off surfaces ruining the images. The images need to be as natural as possible to represent the room as you would see it with the natural eye. I prefer to work without a flash where I can, but where a room needs to be lit I bring an extra light source with soft box. Another essential tip is to work with the designer at all times. Before a shoot ensure that the designer has made a note of everything they wish to be photographed and if they have any specific angles that they would like to see in the shoot. This means that the designer gets the pictures that they want and you do not waste any of your time photographing anything that isn’t necessary.
Finally ensure sure your vertical lines are STRAIGHT. It might seem obvious, but you would be surprised when you photograph interiors how you can get this wrong without realising - until you view on screen & everything looks lopsided! Double check during shooting, as you don’t want to have to straighten (losing sharpness) or crop a nice image. And one very last piece of advice, is to use a wide angle lens for bigger shots and your prime lens for close ups. Try not to use your prime lens for bigger shots as this can distort your vertical lines sometimes.
Points to remember:
Communicate with the designer.
Pay attention to the weather & ask the designer about the natural light in the room. You might have to bring additional lighting.
Watch your vertical lines.
Use natural lighting where you can, but if this isn’t possible then use portable soft box lighting. Always soften additional light.
Adjust your white balance where necessary to ensure that the colours are represented as accurately as possible.
Remember the DETAILS. A good interior shoot needs to give a feel of a room, as well just taking photos of a room (if that makes sense). Getting the details really emphasises the designers vision - & shows off some of the beautiful accessories that they have chosen for that room. They might also need these detail shots to promote other designers work within the design scheme.
Wide angle lens for bigger shots. Prime lens for close ups. Make sure you take a good mix of both.