5 Mistakes to Avoid When Taking Photographs of the Interior
Interior photography suffices interior design. A great photograph of a home’s interior attracts the potential buyers. Interior designing agencies rely heavily on photography because it’s the best way for them to showcase their previous works to a prospective client.
Beautification is essential
Beautification is what all interior decoration businesses aim at as the success of the business depends largely on it. The photography tricks and techniques need to be perfectly tuned so a photograph fulfills most (if not all) aspects of visual improvement.
Because interior photography is highly important, a photographer cannot afford to make mistakes. Nevertheless, mistakes do occur and make a photograph less appealing. Some of the mistakes are so common that by following some simple tips, the photographer can easily do away with them.
In this article, I’ll discuss some common interior photography mistakes. Find them below:
Many photographs, which are shot during the daytime show the windows are overexposed. That’s because the amount of outdoor lighting is normally two to ten times more than that of indoor lighting. Since windows show you a glimpse of the outside, they get more exposure to lighting than other parts of the room. Even portrait photography depends on Window light. Hence, setting the camera to the exposure mode results in windows being overexposed.
To offset the contrast between exposures, you need to apply professional interior photography tricks, which include using a shutter speed of 1/30; it’s the speed that’s used to capture lighting. Another way is to shoot in flash keeping the camera mode to manual as it helps to keep both shutter speed and aperture priority under the check.
Flash noise factors
Many shoot indoor using flash, but it comes with a range of pitfalls. Shadows and reflections are such pitfalls. To get rid of them, first you need to understand the reason behind their occurrence.
The key reason for undesirable reflections and shadows is a single light source in a room that’s considerably large. Harsh shadows stem from flash; a photographer, who is not skilled enough, ends up capturing them. To avoid the noise factors, the photographer needs to light up a room in the right way and point out all the hurdles.
Windows, as discussed above, are a hurdle. There are other hurdles such as mirrors, partition walls, furniture, etc. When there’s only one source of light and too many hurdles, harsh shadows are almost inevitable. You can overcome the problem by using a diffuser. This way the light will spread across the room from multiple sources.
Narrow angle lens
Always use a wide angle lens to photograph the interior of a house. The problem is photographers often find it hard to figure out whether a particular width is enough to shoot the inside of a large house. Shooting with a 24mm camera may not be enough, so it’s best if you use a 16mm camera with a f/2.8 aperture. But this setting is optimal for a full-frame body. If you opt for a crop sensor body instead, a 10–18mm lens with a f/4.5–5.6 aperture makes perfect sense.
Paintings and wall art can increase the decorative aspects of a house, but only when they are accurately hung. At times, they are hung so badly that the onlookers have to bend their bodies. The hanging style apart, the placement of the artwork can also be inaccurate.
An incorrect placement creates trouble for a photographer. An artwork being partially covered looks terrible. On the other hand, if you want to capture it fully, you may have to miss out on something else because the frame cannot accommodate all. Photographers sometimes take the wall paintings off the wall. Before you do that, check if the wall has any damage that the painting was covering.
Not decorating the room
It’s always a good idea to decorate a house before taking photographs of its inside. By decoration, I don’t mean putting expensive furniture or applying emulsion paint on the walls. Just reposition the chairs, turn all the lights on and straighten the curtains, that’s all. Take some furniture (those that are easy to wield) to another room to create space. These are simple tweaks, but help to finetune your room for being photographed.
Avoid the mistakes
Now that you know the common mistakes that hinder interior photographers from taking quality photographs of the inside of a house, you avoid them next time, and that’ll heighten the qualitative appeal of your interior photographs.
Tristan Taylor, a proficient fashion photographer, is associated with various photography workshops, seminars and symposiums. He keeps himself updated with nitty-gritties of fashion photography industry. Tristan found Gulf Photo Plus extremely helpful to extract information regarding Photography courses Dubai, photo workshops dubai, photoshop courses dubai and other aspects related to photography.