How Photographing the interiors
Photographing the interiors: the mini guide.
With this guide you will not specialize in interior photography, but if your goal is to be able to get good shots and improve as a photographer, then this article is for you. If you own a property to rent or sell, if you run an activity or simply want to photograph interiors for passion, it’s time to put yourself to the test. First, however, I want to make you think about one thing: have you ever seen advertisements for the sale or rental of real estate? Probably, you will have noticed that most of the images are of poor quality and consequently also unattractive.
While you have certainly had the opportunity to look at some well-made hotel or restaurant, each of them is characterized by a selection of images that would encourage anyone to spend a holiday or have dinner.
What has been said so far is to help you understand that, especially in the commercial sector, a good image makes the difference, it affects the sale of a service in a large part. An image is immediate, comes before so many words. Obviously these images must be of quality: clean and tidy but of great impact, they must be attractive.
Precisely for this reason I would like to make a clarification on the instrument to be used to photograph the interiors because nowadays it is better not to take anything for granted. You can not think of venturing into this kind of photography with your smartphone, it is a must to have a camera, even better if full size.
How to take interior photos
1. The environment must be well lit and cared for.
– Take advantage of the soft and pleasant natural light coming from the windows, the morning or sunset, which creates less contrast of shadows. The more luminous the image will be, the greater the perception of a spacious, clean and tidy environment. Try to overexpose the image slightly, taking care not to lose the detail in the clearest tones.
– An external flash – and not the built-in flash of the camera – can help you to lighten the shadows. You have to direct it towards the ceiling to make the light bounce and distribute it evenly across the room. To obtain interesting results try to take some test shots with the flash detached from the camera.
– Set a proper white balance by selecting one of the camera’s default modes for specific light sources or manual mode using 18% gray card to place in front of the subject.
2. The choice of composition and perspective must be made carefully.
– First of all, you need a 14-24 mm wide-angle lens so you can capture
a large scene even in a small space. You must be aware that you will not be able to
take back the whole environment with just one click, so, do not try to include everything in the
scene. The best thing is to plan a series of shots from different perspectives for
describe the environment well.
– Place the SLR on a tripod to avoid camera shake and shoot using the remote control from a distance.
– Try to prefer a horizontal orientation to give the image a more attractive appearance and once you have identified the most interesting perspective, do not tilt the camera down or up, you will get a convergence of the lines. Keep it perfectly perpendicular to the ground at a height of about a meter and a half from the ground. You can help yourself with a small spirit level to mount on the sled instead of the flash.
– Shoot from a corner of the room you will have a better view, adopt a minimal, orderly composition and include an object in the foreground, but check that it does not appear distorted. Eliminate all distracting elements, you’ll save yourself a lot of post-production work.
A look at the parameters to be set
1) Shoot in raw, you can correct the white balance in post-production and make other improvements while maintaining the image quality.
2) ISO I suggest you keep them to a minimum if you use a tripod, otherwise, you can safely increase them, but be careful not to overdo it could highlight the digital noise more or less accentuated depending on the model of SLR you have.
3) The diaphragm must be open (f/1.4, f/2.8) to make the sensor reach a lot of light, use faster shutter speeds and contain ISOs.
4) You can rely on autofocus in case you have to shoot a detail, while in the case of an environment it is preferable to use manual focus in order to have everything in focus and get a clear image.