The Interior photography market is growing day by day and has a great future ahead. If you want to take it as a career, you need to focus on 4 things - editing, composition, lighting, and camera settings. Read this article carefully to get useful tips about these 4.
Here are the top 4 interior photography tips for you:-
Composition plays a key role in interior photography. You need to apply the correct color, negative space, balance, and depth. To tell a story through the photo of a home, you must learn the correct composition techniques. It will help to enhance the key elements of the interior too. If you are unsure about which composition technique to use, go for the most basic one,i.e. The rule of thirds.
There is no hard and fast rule for lighting when it comes to interior photography. As you want to have a sophisticated look without showing extravagance, you should use as much natural light as possible. This will also form soft shadows which, when you blend them during post-processing, create a simplistic effect. If getting adequate natural light is not possible, use soft interior light. To make the lighting look even in your photo, you can use bracketing techniques. Use the white balance properly. If you are using lightroom, you should take advantage of the gradient filter there. It helps to balance the light temperature well. You need to be extra careful with shutter speed and ISO settings as the lighting are low.
Perfect camera settings:-
Generally, it is good to shoot with a wider aperture while shooting indoors. But at the same time, you should consider what you are shooting and how you want your final image to be while deciding on the aperture because the depth of field of your photo will depend on it. If you want to have a sharp and crisp photo, go for a narrower aperture i.e. set a higher f stop number to have a deep depth of field. It is applicable when you are shooting an entire room. Just remember not to set it too high, otherwise adequate light will not enter the lens. You need to be especially aware of this because you will be most likely shooting in natural light. Generally, photographers use an aperture that falls in the range of f/8 and f/16. You might want to use a slower shutter speed due to the low light conditions, but remember that it will tend to create blur. Keep it between 2-6 seconds. Similarly, though the low light conditions demand a higher ISO, it is not advised to use one as it will make your photo grainy.
You can use an exposure bracketing technique, and turn the bracketed photos into an HDR one to add a new look to your photo. Click 3-4 shots of the same subject with different exposures to bracket. If you do not know how to use bracketed shots properly, click here. Make sure that your interior photos look fresh and natural. You can use soft brushes while post-processing to blend the layers you have created. In the entire process of editing, you need to keep in mind to show a supreme yet genuine look. That is why using automation methods for HDR is not recommended. Create different layers in your photo and blend them in photoshop or any other editing software you use. Always shoot in RAW so that you get much more editing options. You can turn your photo into the final image as you visualized only when you shoot in RAW.
Using these tips will make your interior photos stand out.
Written by Sanga Basu, Content Writer, WPC.