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Interior Photography

Sometimes I wonder what I am going to write about next and this time it came to me while looking at a interior designers website. It was full of beautiful rooms that were very badly photographed. Before I became a photographer, I was a freelance illustrator and knew the value of having my work professionaly photographed. This is my attempt to help those designers and businesses that can’t afford professional photography. First off, you need to level your camera, cellphone, tablet, or other capture device. This means attaching it to a tripod. What you are trying to avoid is the keystone effect, or tilting and shaking. Either of these will not enhance the care you put into remodeling the room. I’m not sure about tablets, but I know that there are mounting devises for cellphones. Next set your capture devise to the highest quality setting. If you are using a camera, set it to 100 ISO Raw. Picking the time of day is also important. This means avoiding the times when direct sunlight is blasting through the windows and I also would avoid shooting after dark. With the right tools and knowledge both can be beautiful, but for this article we will keep it simple. If capturing both the interior and what’s outside is important, you need to pick a time when ambient light inside and out are the same. When you take your first test shot pay attention for color casts. Some indoor lighting can make a room look green, or another unwanted color. Another setting that cameras and most cellphones have is HDR, “Hi Dynamic Range”. This will help control the highlights and shadows in the room. Now, if you have done everything above correctly, your next step is to bring the image into a photo editing program to do the final adjustments on color and contrast. If you have any questions, please contact me at: dan@dannaylor.com.



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