When doing the interior photography, I try to capture the best of the space, but I try to keep rather realistic appearance. This may be a challenge, because you shouldn’t be surprised when seeing space in person after seeing the picture, yet, the picture should be inviting and seductive enough to make you wanna go there.
Let me put it in an analogy with selfies on Instagram. The apartment should look beautiful, attractive and yet, it should not disappoint the viewer when seeing it live. In fact, to me, the successful interior shooting is this: when a client who sees the photo beforehand, and only then the space, feels like he or she has already been inside. I would say that the secret is in the details, in the close-up photography.
There are, in fact, many “secrets” and let’s say these are mine.
Whenever possible, I use daylight.
It is very simple – I photograph at daytime and raise all the shutters. If the curtains are white and transparent, they enrich the space with a beautiful soft light that elegantly spreads throughout the room, diffusing and softening shadows and contrasts.
I combine both natural and artificial lighting.
I light all the lamps. Many photographers would disagree with me, but I simply love to illuminate and combine both natural and artificial lighting, with keeping the white balance in mind.
Tripod. Long exposure. Fine aperture.
With a tripod I use long exposures so I can close the aperture enough for the both foreground and background to be sharp. The result is a photo with lots of information.
A cloudy day is ideal for interior photography.
While it may seem confusing, this really is an ideal time for me to let the optimal amount of light through the windows. On a sunny day the windows are too bright and sharp light can “erase” details on and around windows.
I avoid perspective curvature.
In fact, this is mostly post-production, since it is inevitable to use a wide-angle lens. The only thing I can do here is to keep an eye on the verticals and horizontals to make the excess work as little as possible.
I have rarely ever photographed an interior without it. HDR is, I would say, dangerous tool that in hands of amateur photographers may lead to over-processing and flattening of tones. When I see it I know that it is not a lack of technical knowledge, but a lack of aesthetic sense.
I move furniture.
When I look for a good angle, I move the table, because it may be on my way to display the sofa nicely. Sometimes it takes me considerable time to get everything back in place after shooting.
HDRs and long exposures simply require contactless shooting. I specifically do this through the Canon's Camera Connect app on my cell phone.
I play music along the way. Of course, this text wouldn't be mine if I didn't put something personal in it.