Photographing Interiors

Interior photography is very demanding and the photographer must be sensitive to all the elements that will appear in the final print. Most rooms consist of small objects that look good in the room, but in a print, these objects may cluster the image.

Photographing interiors involves working within a confined space.Interior images should be bright, with perfect exposure and have fresh vibrant colours. This is the standard used by publishers all over the world. To achieve this the photographer must be able to control these elements and have a very good understanding of light.

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Light will play an important part when photographing interiors. Most of your images will be shot with a low shutter speed, because natural light levels will be very low, so a tripod will be needed. If the natural light is good, use a reflector to bounce the light into the dark areas of the room.If the natural light is not good enough you will have to use a strobe unit. Try to bounce the light off a photographic umbrella to soften the light in the room. If you are using more than one light have some reflectors with you.

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Composition is very important when photographing interiors. Here are some pointers that you may find useful and helpful:

Look out for lines that will lead to the focal point of your image. By leading with lines into the main part of the scene you will draw observers into your photograph. These lines don’t have to be straight. They can be a row of seats or interesting converging vertical objects.

Simple foreground objects are also perfect for composition. Patterns on a floor can give your interior a greater sense of depth.

Try to frame your scene with some of the elements in the room. This will focus attention on the main part of the picture.

Tiles on the floor and walls can be very handy as composition when photographing a room - use the tiles to focus attention on the focal point of the room.

Sometimes framed pictures hanging on walls will appear distorted so it is best not to include them. If you are photographing someone’s home ask the owner before you move items.

Good interior images are not easy to take but the rewards are great if you can master the trade. If you are unsure of the standard, buy some of the magazines that use these images. Publishers pay fine prices for well exposed, good quality indoor images.

Photo credits: Richard Hoffkins, Susan Leggett, Mark Snelson.


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January 10, 2009


Thanks very interesting.

December 17, 2008


Very interesting and useful tips!

December 17, 2008


nice shots, thanks for the tips too!

December 17, 2008


Nice read. Will apply rules often. Composition is sort of a tricky subject to deal with does not matter which interior or exterior. Well done.

December 16, 2008


Hey thanks for the tip, it looks simple yet very useful, straight on the point. Great images by Noonie & Snelvis. And you have a great portfolio.

December 16, 2008


very useful tips thanks.

December 16, 2008


Thanks for the tips - really useful!

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