Improve Your Interior Photography With These Five Tips

Are you an interior photographer, or simply aspire to create better interior images? Mango Street Lab is back with another short video tutorial outlining five basic tips that may help improve your interior photography.

Height Perspective

Taking into consideration the effect that the height of your camera has on the look of a specific interior space can be important. When possible, use a tripod for a consistent height perspective.

Composition

It can be all too easy to enter an interior space and just begin shooting it without arranging items such as chairs, towels, blankets, and other decorations to best fill the frame. Don’t be afraid to move things around.

Lenses

You’ll at least need a fast lens for both wide-angle shots and detail shots. In the video, they recommend a 24mm or 35mm for wide-angle shots and a 50mm for details.

Lighting

Little can have as much impact on an image as lighting. Turning off any artificial lighting that messes with the color balance of the space may be necessary. If using natural light, it only makes sense to shoot at a time of the day that allows enough to come in through windows or doors.

If you'd like to learn more about architectural photography, our own Mike Kelley reveals how to make a business out of it in his comprehensive tutorials Where Art Meets Architecture 1 and Where Art Meets Architecture 2.

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3 Comments

Michael Yearout's picture

Waist height? I find that too low, unless you're about 7 feet tall. I like a height between 4 and 5 feet. Sometimes higher sometimes lower, it depends on the situation and what you are going after. 24mm on a full frame. You're going to run into many situations that will require something wider. I shoot with a 16 - 35 on a full frame and find many shots are in the 18 - 20 mm range. Handled right the distortion can be kept to a minimum. The 50mm for detail shots is a really good recommendation. You can get a nice shallow depth of field at f/1.8 - 2.8 to highlight a particular piece of architecture.

michael andrew's picture

"Use a reflector to bounce light into your scene"

Wow.

Nice blog! These tips are very helpful to improve photography. Keep sharing.

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