Taking photos indoors may seem like an easy task; just put your camera up to your eye and click the shutter, right? Well, no. Interior photography is one of the toughest types of photography you’ll have to do. It involves various aspects that you have to keep in mind if you want to get the perfect shot.
Here are some of my tips that you can follow to get better indoor photos:
Exposure is Key
The hardest thing to do while shooting indoor photos, I think, is to nail the exposure. Setting up lights, taking care of shadows, and getting the details right are all things you need to consider in parallel. Many times, photographers focus on just one aspect of the exposure and end up with photos that are just average-looking at best. Using a slower shutter speed in tandem with a wider aperture and a lower ISO will help you a lot in taking well-exposed, sharp photos.
Wider is Better
I don’t mean that you go fish-eye level wide, but you need to go wider than a ‘normal’ street-style focal length to get the whole scene in your frame. A lens between 16mm and 24mm should be ideal for most indoor scenes. You can, of course, take photos that are more punched in but if you want to include a small space into your shot, go wide.
Movement means Dynamism
Just because it’s an indoor shot doesn’t mean that it has to be still. Why not incorporate a little movement in your photos? Having someone walking across a room and taking the shot with a slow shutter speed so that their body becomes a blur is a great way to show that some life exists in the space you’re showing.
These are just three quick tips that can go a long way in helping you take better pictures of indoor spaces. If you’re an architectural photographer or a professional real-estate photographer, you need to utilize these tips as much as you can to improve the quality of your interior photography a great deal. If you want to learn more about the technical steps to take for improving your skills, there’s a lot you can do by using a professional photo editing software. But I’ll go over all that another day.