I’ve been doing more interior design photo shoots lately and I thought I’d share a few tips for taking interior photos.
1. Use a tripod! You will need it to keep your camera steady, especially because you’ll be using a slow shutter speed, which brings me to…..
2. Use a slow shutter speed. Because you want to use natural light as much as possible (keep indoor lights off unless you want to showcase them), you’ll need to slow down your shutter speed to let in more light.
3. Overcast days are your friend. When it comes to interior photos, overcast days are great. It provides nice, soft light without harsh shadows.
4. Keep it sharp. To ensure that you have everything in focus, use an f/stop of f.8 or higher.
5. Try bracketing your photos. This means taking one photo to expose for the highlights, one photo to expose for the midtones and one photo to expose for the shadows. In Lightroom or Photoshop you can merge the images together and adjust.
6. Don’t forget the details. Be sure to capture little vignettes or tight shots that showcase design elements.
7. Remove clutter and keep an eye out for wires, cords, electronics. These small things can be distracting and ruin an otherwise great photo.