Taking professional-level interior photos is a surprisingly difficult skill to master. Here are five tips for improving your interior photography.
I am consistently surprised by the poor quality displayed in local real estate photographers' images. The photos I see either have an overdone HDR look or are lit poorly and have warped edges. Honestly, few photographers have a solid understanding of what a quality real estate photo looks like, and even fewer know how to go about capturing one. Like any other genre, professional interior photography takes a unique set of skills as well as a level of experience that few people have.
If you want to get a solid foundation in real estate photography, this video is a great place to start. In this tutorial, Becki Peckham of Becki and Chris gives a handful of excellent tips for taking better interior photos. She shares several examples of what not to do and also shares a brief overview of what techniques and gear you need to improve your craft.
The most common mistake I see is one that has one of the easiest fixes. Photos that do not have straight lines might work for some portraits, but they look terrible in real estate photography. You can resolve this issue quickly in Lightroom by using the transform tab. Here, you can match up lines in your photo that should be parallel or it can even automatically straighten lines, and it does a decent job. At the very least, you should be using this adjustment on any wide interior shot. This is one of the many excellent tips covered in Peckham’s video. To find out what else she has to say, take a look at the video above.