Taking interior photographs to use on your blog is an excellent idea. It avoids using stock photography that is likely already been seen on many sites and has a staged look to it.
However, taking photos for your blog is not easy and can be time-consuming. So, to help you to do more with less, here are 5 tips to capturing awesome photos of available interiors.
1. Decorate the Interior
Just like with TV or movie sets, there’s a need to dress the interior space that will be captured by the lens. When you wanting to improve how the shots will come out, it helps to add some texture, rich colors, and other elements to bring it to life.
To include additional warmth or color to a room, consider adding a Mexican blanket also called a falsa blanket. It has a rich history dating back to the Aztecs and is ideal as a throw over the sofa or a yoga blanket on the floor.
By decorating the interior scene before snapping away, there will be enough included in the shot to lend it significantly more depth and character.
2. Avoid Intentionally Posed Shots
Often, the posed photo is not interesting for people. But capturing something in the moment certainly is.
Impromptu snaps, unexpected moments captured on digital film, and ones taken between setups can provide surprising depth. There’s a good reason why people like to see behind the scenes photos on movie sets because they don’t look planned. An enhanced version of real life is the goal here.
3. You Need More Lighting
While you may prefer to use the natural morning sunlight streaming through the open window blinds, it’ll be harder to get that shot later in the day. Also, other days may be overcast causing photos to come out too dark.
Don’t make the mistake of believing that you can fix everything in Photoshop using lighting adjustments or filters to resolve the issue. It’s always going to be a superior option to add more standing lights to the interior so that shots come out brighter with digital cameras. A lightbox isn’t that expensive and makes all the difference in the world.
4. Shoot at the Appropriate Height
Taking photos too high risks giving the feeling that only half the room has been shown. Avoid being too elevated unless you’re focused on a feature that’s situated at a higher level.
To make a room feel more expansive and inviting, take a shoot from a little above waist level. It captures the substance that’s there without leaving out anything important. Also, if the carpeting or wooden flooring in the interior is a little worse for wear, it can work around that too.
5. Always Include Editing Time
It doesn’t matter how much time is invested to get the best photos, perfect lighting, and more, your photos will still require editing.
The lighting might need tweaking and the focus could be switched to get more attention to certain features. Also, the final version for a Pinterest promotional pin will be different from a photo to be shared on Facebook and viewed on an iPhone or Android phone. Include time to get each photo as perfect as possible, then add your branding and other finishing touches.
Practice makes perfect when it comes to interior photography for your blog. There will often be a period of trial and error with each setup until you figure out how you want your interiors to look. Then being consistent each time gets easier and the setups faster too. By putting in time at the start to improve the results, interior photos will look more professional sooner.