Interior photography is unique in that instead of emphasising the beauty of life and movement, the images of still, inanimate objects are meant to portray the feelings of crisp and professional. Viewing stunning interior photography should also stir imagination and project the vivid image of being on location, showcasing architectural marvels and interior designs. So how does one go about painting the image of impressionable interior photography that highlights the design and style of the space?
Let us take you through camera and staging techniques that will give your photography that extra ‘oomph’ to draw audiences into your world.
First, focus on the technical aspects—your camera and its gadgets.
A tripod is an essential tool for making the best of suboptimal lighting arrangements indoors when trying to procure a sharp image. With a bubble level in place, it helps keep lines straight and shoot-height consistent to avoid an unstable viewing experience. By utilising a durable tripod, the steadiness reduces the need to account for shutter speeds.
Following that, switch your image format settings to shoot in Raw file format. Details are a crucial aspect to best portray interior photography, hence the uncompressed images taken retain the highest possible amount of data that allows for more editing possibilities. Your editing process can then amplify the minute and fine attributes of the shot, enhancing the images to showcase the desired style and mood.
Next, having a mix of wide-angled shots and close-ups will lend more personality to the location and its decor. The contrast between shots will further emphasise the composition and styling that you’ve done to create narratives and change up the mood. Make use of aperture adjustments to play with the focus of your shots and bring different elements into the spotlight. You may also choose to shoot slightly above tables or countertops so that the surfaces can be seen.
Moving on, let’s zoom out to the bigger picture — staging and environments.
Use natural lighting whenever possible, removing harsh shadows and overexposed spots. Some artificial lighting can enhance your image by shaping your subject to the desired feels with the use of speedlights and sync flash but try to keep it as natural as possible by bouncing or diffusing it.
Subsequently, you can set up the staging of the shot with appropriately styled furniture and accessories that suit the style that the client is going for. This provides depth and better overall compositions. Tidy up the shot by removing clutter from non-essential elements like cords, cables and anything else non-decorative. Consider repositioning furniture to get that ideal arrangement. The result should draw viewers to the focal point instead of distracting them with irrelevant and random objects.
Lastly, look to incorporate negative spaces in your photos. The subtle gap provides a significant effect in allowing viewers to better focus on the subject. Furthermore, it gives the place a more spacious look rather than being cramped and restricted. Careful styling and positioning will help draw the audience’s focus right onto the aspects that you want to highlight.
Bringing out the story in your interior photography isn’t all that complicated. That ‘tailor-made’ interior photography feel that answers the clients every need is achievable with a little bit of work and the attention to details.