Interior and home decor photography can be so difficult! By far the most asked question I get over on instagram is “do you have any photography tips?” or something along those lines. I am most definitely NOT a professional interior photographer by any means but I have learned some tricks along the way that I’m excited to share here!
Take note of the lighting :
This may seem obvious but lighting is SO important. I usually like to take my pictures in the morning when the sun is bright but still soft. I also make sure to turn off any artificial lighting because natural lighting generally looks best. I tend to avoid shooting in the evening or on rainy days where there is not enough natural light. If the sun is to bright you can diffuse it by shutting the shades.
Play with different angles :
Go to different areas of the room and play with different angles. Sit on the couch and take a photo of your view. Take note of the views you love and photograph that angle. Squat down and try taking photos from a lower point or stand on a chair and take photos from a higher angle.
Capture the Details
Detail shots are an awesome way of capturing the whole essence of the room. When taking a full room view it can be hard to see the small styling details that really make the room come together.
Edit a Little Not A lot
When taking interior photos some degree of editing is needed – but it can be very easy to go overboard. Less is usually always more. I get asked a lot how I edit my photos so I figured I’d give a basic run down here. I use the photoshop express app on my phone.
1. Turn the whites up until the picture “pops” but doesn’t look washed out. I do this to brighten up the photo. A lot of times I feel like my home is a lot brighter than how it appears on camera so this adds some of the light back. It also adds a little contrast.
2. To even out some of the harsh contrast from the whites tool, I add some exposure after. I don’t like to use a high exposure with my camera because I find it makes me lose some of the sharpness, so turning up that exposure helps to add some of that light back in and softens the photo.
3. Up the sharpness just a tad. This is where it’s SO easy to go overboard because we all think “the sharper the photo the better” but it can start to look fake and pixelated quick. I usually don’t go past ten.
4. Straighten out your photo! Straightening the photo makes such a difference! I usually use the auto tool and then adjust from there!
Invest in a Decent Camera and Lens
If your looking to get into blogging or need to take professional quality photos regularly, it’s a good idea to invest in a good camera and even more importantly, a good lens. I use the Nikon D3100 that I’ve had for about 7 years. Eventually I will probably upgrade but this camera works great as a budget option! I use the 50 mm lens which is probably my biggest trick! It really captures photos very closely to the way the eye actually sees things. It’s also amazing for detail shots! It’s very easy to learn to use as well.
I hope these tips can be useful for some of you! Do you have any good photography tips? Let us know in the comments below!
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