Top 10 Tips for Interior Photography
1. Day tripping
Harsh sunlight streaming through windows can create too much contrast between light and dark areas. Overcast weather and its softer light usually makes for better daytime shooting indoors.
2. Better by night
Many buildings take on an almost magical quality at night, whether they’re period properties or new designs with funky modern lighting. Use ambient lighting rather than resorting to flash.
3. White balance
Conventional artificial lighting used in most buildings can be outside the range covered by Auto white balance. Switch to the Tungsten or Fluorescent white balance setting to suit the dominant light source.
Handheld interior shots are quite possible, especially if you have one of Canon’s more recent D-SLRs, which boast great quality even at high sensitivity settings. Switch to a high ISO value and use IS (Image Stabilization) if fitted on your lens, to fend off unwanted camera-shaken shots.
5. Firm foundations
For interiors, you can’t beat using a tripod where possible, not only because it gives a solid foundation for sharp shots, but also because you can more accurately frame your shots.
6. Go live
Unless your camera has a virtual horizon or the option of superimposing a grid on your viewfinder display, preview the picture in Live View so that you can use its grid display to level the camera.
7. In deep
To keep relatively close and distant areas of the interior simultaneously sharp, switch to Av (Aperture value) shooting mode, and use a small aperture of around f/22 to maximise your depth of field.
8. Invisible people
Using a small aperture will require a longer exposure, often for several seconds. This can be a bonus for busy interiors in public places, as any people milling around the scene will then blur into invisibility.
9. Think mono
Effective interior shots are often more about structure and form than colour, and you can accentuate this by converting your shot to black and white.
10. Get an angle
Experiment with different angles to add excitement to your shots. Even moving the camera just a few inches can sometimes make a big difference
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