How do you create eye-catching, interesting and dynamic images of interior spaces? Here are five tips to shoot stunning real estate interiors like a pro:
Organize, Plan and Stage Where Necessary
Our brains are very good at disregarding a little bit of clutter to see the big picture. However, while we are great at filtering out unnecessary stuff like a coffee table in disarray or unfluffed pillows, it is a very different story when it comes to a photograph.
In photography, everything must be placed very deliberately or the flaws in the room become extremely obvious. Spending some time to plan your shot and straighten, align, move, declutter and/or organise everything possible beforehand, helps ensure you nail your shot.
Some things to look out for include: crooked lampshades, uneven bedspreads, misaligned furniture, carpets and chairs and crooked vertical lines. Ask yourself how the angles of the room align with its furnishings. Sometimes, staging a shot with props like a bowl of fruit can add a dash of life to your photo. Thinking this through will save you endless amounts of time wasted on photoshopping your image later.
Let There Be Light
Very often, lighting is one of the main features of interior spaces, so use it to get that perfect shot. Remember: exposure is critical to snapping a successful image. There are a number of reasons why lighting a space will improve the look and feel of the photograph. Not adding your own light to a space may leave you at the mercy of poorly designed interiors, bad exterior lighting and other factors that are beyond your control.
It is also one of the best ways to improve your photo’s mood, feel emotion, contrast and impact. Learning to control light is the single most important skill that you can own in your repertoire. However, don’t ignore natural light if it works for your shot. Before reaching for the light switch and additional lighting, think about the best angle and the lighting available. Sometimes it all comes down to timing: a kitchen that looks grimly dim at noon might look warm and inviting when morning light peeks through the curtains.
Making the Best of Small Spaces
When taking shots of small rooms, go for a wide-angle lens to make the room look bigger — but avoid the pitfalls here. Going too wide may cost you interesting details.
If your space is extremely confined, shuffle the camera and tripod into a corner with just enough room to see the LCD.
The Drama is in the Detail
Great photography is almost always about capturing something eye-catching, whether it’s an abstract from a larger composition, an entire object or just a quirky object that stands out to you. Whatever it is, think about maximizing the detail.
Reflective surfaces can bring an interior to life and make great photos. But be aware of reflections (including your own) as they can be huge eyesores. Use the self-timer when necessary. Polarizing filters can also be useful here.