Whether you’re shooting the whole room, or something inside the room, these tips will help you get consistent, professional looking photos of your interiors.
There’s hundreds of tips you can try, but these are ones that work the most consistently for me through a range of home styles and lighting situations:
Use a tripod
And shoot from about chest height. This gives the viewer the perspective of walking into the room rather than the angle being too low or too high. A tripod also allows you to keep your camera stable while lowering your shutter speed to let more light in. Light rooms feel more spacious.
Advanced tip: Use a lens 35mm or less to capture more of the room in frame.
Diffuse the light
Windows of course bring in that beautiful natural light, but sometimes they let in a little too much, creating uneven shadows. If you want an airy feel, try diffusing the light by draping a sheer white fabric or curtain over the window. This evens out the light and lowers shadows, meaning you can use a lower shutter speed without blowing out highlights.
Advanced tip: If you don’t have a sheer curtain, try diffusing light from the other side of the room with a soft box light or have a try of bracketing with your camera.
Capturing all the details
Take your time to shoot different angles in a room to get all the details. In particular, if you’re shooting editorial style you’ll want to capture images both of the room at large and of small details. This is where your camera’s aperture comes into play. On your camera, this is the f-stop number. If you’re shooting the whole room that had details in the foreground and background that you need to capture, use a high f-stop such as f/16.
If you’re shooting up close details like a candle on a bedside table, or a feature fitting in a kitchen, you’ll want a lower f/stop such as f/2.8 which will keep your subject in focus but blur out the background.
Advanced tip: Shutter speed and aperture work together. the higher your f-stop number, the lower the shutter speed needs to be to let in the appropriate amount of light. Ensure that when you adjust one, you adjust the other.
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Emily is the lead photographer and creative eye at Emily K Creative. She enjoys creating insta-worthy content and is passionate about her family, women’s rights and sustainability