Interior and architecture photography

2016-07-06 06:00
x Photo: Johann van Dalen

x Photo: Johann van Dalen

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INTERIOR design websites, Facebook and blogs have been on the rise and in need for excellent interior photography, inside spaces is at an all time high. Alongside eye-catching initial designs, architecture firms, real estate agents, restaurants, cafes and hotels and B&B must get their interior photography right or risk being lost in the crowd. To help you keep up with the trend, here are some tips.

Photography gear mainly used:

Tripod to capture multiple exposures and a wide angle lens 14-24mm f/2.8 a reflector to direct light and external flashes to expose for darker areas.

Light in some interior spaces is the main feature, switch and light up your designated photography area and play around with the room until you find it satisfactory. Remove distractions, I believe a photographer uses 10% creativity and 90% moving furniture, move your subjects till you find the right composition.

Preparing for an interior shoot requires the following:

You have to arrange things in such a way that they don’t detract from the potential beauty of your shot. Correct the following before taking your photo, crooked rugs, unfluffed pillows, uneven curtains and blinds, wrinkled bed linen. These things may not always be seen by you, but in the photo it will most certainly be picked up. Create a checklist for yourself as you can’t always fix your mistakes in processing.

Most interior scenes will include bright daylight shining through a window take multiple exposures and combining in post-processing. If using Photomatix, for example, combine with exposure fusion rather than HDR tone mapping for a more natural appearance.

Watch out for vertical lines:

If you are interested in taking photographs of architecture or interiors, this rule can’t be ignored. When you tilt the camera up or down, vertical lines converge. This leads to the “building falling backwards” look.

Always be mindful of vertical lines when photographing. If at first you don’t succeed, you can adjust your vertical line in Photoshop, but keep in mind some of the image will be cut off.
- Johann van

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