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Interior Photography

Interior Photography

Interior Photography

by Tiyana Commercial February 07, 2020

When doing interior photography, I try to capture the best of the space, but I try to keep rather a 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, and attractive and yet, it should not disappoint the viewer when seeing it live. In fact, to me, a successful interior shoot is this: when a client sees the photo before visiting the space, he should not be surprised but he should feel 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.

WiFi trigger.

HDRs and long exposures simply require contactless shooting. I specifically do this through the Canon's Camera Connect app on my cell phone.

The music.

I play music along the way. Of course, this text wouldn't be mine if I didn't put something personal in it.

Photos of the interior of the hotel Zavala 222 in Hvar island, Croatia

This series can be found also on this page. I was hired to do the shooting of the family hotel apartment on the island. I captured details along with the property interior.

Apart from the interior, I also loved doing the exterior in the daylight and at night.

As you cannot catch a gentle afternoon breeze in the still image, I had to make some .gifs.

Photos of the interior of Hotel Mir in Zlatibor Mountain in Serbia

Photos of the interior of the restaurant for private and business celebrations

Here we had to find a way to show the possibilities of transforming the space. That is why some shots are night with colorful lighting, and some wedding shots are daytime.

Photos of the apartment for sale

In particular, this apartment was photographed for sales purposes, and I was hired for various platforms-booking, Airbnb, and others. I wanted to show this particular apartment as I find it interesting because the authentic appearance of the living room has been so unusually rarely preserved and maintained, and yet, it is not modernized or “polished” but in its original state. It reminds me, in fact, of some good old Belgrade, about which I only read and heard, but never met