1. If Possible, Consult An Architect Or Designer
At the same time, it is important to remember that a good interior photography is a collaboration. Sometimes the designer is too close to the project to see the room clearly, so you have to bring your own thoughts and feelings to the table.
In these cases, Schmelzer suggests taking several reference photos, placing them on a monitor, and discussing with an architect or designer which angles best illustrate the story you’re trying to tell.
2. Do Not Use Wide-Angle Lenses
Wide-angle lenses can cause distortion that can disrupt the harmony of the image and give a false impression of the photographed space.
3. Natural Light Is King
If you’re shooting multiple rooms in your house, the first thing you should do is plan your shots around when the natural light in that room will be optimal. To do this, Schmelzer recommends using the Sun Seeker app and consulting directly with an architect or designer.
4. Stop the practices if there is no reason to continue them
You should not turn on the lamp when sunlight is coming through the window. In fact, according to Joe, most editorial assignments today have notes that clearly prohibit the use of practices.
If the room needs more light, your best bet is to photograph it at a different time or use lighting equipment to maximize the effects of the natural light you have. The exception is night photos, where you can create a certain mood with the warm light of a lamp or a flickering fire.
5. Don’t Feel Like You Have To Focus On Everything All The Time
Blurring elements in a photo can add dimension, change the mood, or focus the viewer’s attention on a certain area. But let’s say you’re shooting in a library and there are bookshelves and a bench with a small table in front of it.
In that case, the back walls and all the books do not have to be oriented edge to edge. We can create more mood by losing focus. Maybe it makes things more romantic.
6. A Good Stylist Makes A Difference
Good interior photography and prop designers will also help you take care of all the little things that can ruin the picture – crooked curtains, vacuum cleaners on the carpet, fabrics that are not ironed so that all the fibers go in the same direction. Beds are very difficult and should always be made by a professional.
7. Don’t Wait Until You Can Post What You Can Do In The Room
Retouching costs money and usually takes longer than just fixing the problem before you start shooting. Some things can only be solved after the photo is taken – for example, when we are filming a chandelier and we have to hang it on the crossbars and then take it down from the column.
If there is an unsightly electrical outlet in the middle of the wall that distracts from the interior photography. But something like an electrical cable, if it’s not there for some compositional reason, we’ll do everything we can to hide it. If you can fix something on the site, why not?