How to Shoot Interior Photography
Interior Photography is one of a number of specialist types of assignment that Blanc Creative and we’ve been out again this month photographing the latest in luxurious Norfolk Wedding Venues, Fishley Hall. The property has been in the Molineux family since 1953 and dates back to the Seventeenth century. It has been lovingly refurbished from a derelict state after the last occupant left in 1980 and then sat unloved for 30 years. Work started in 2012 and the extensive renovations have been undertaken with Phil the farmer, a very talented bricklayer called Pigglet and Godffrey a friendly local builderWe have used and kept all original features where possible and matched new to old.
The interior photography project at Fishley Hall is something of a work in progress. Blanc Creative have photographed just a small percentage of this perfectly idyllic country wedding venue. Set in 350 acres of beautiful Norfolk Countryside, the interior. We commenced work on a small part of the 8 bedrooms, Bridal suite, family rooms and ground floor bedroom with ensuite.
To coincide with the shoot, we thought this may be a great chance to give 3 simple tips on interior photography. And here they are;
1) Firstly, the light has to be right. We started in the kitchen and the sun was pouring on through the kitchen window. Since we’re shooting stationary objects, we have very little choice in waiting for the right light or alternatively, using artificial light to compensate. So we had a coffee and an hour later, we were blessed with some partial cloud and a little movement in the sun. We were ready to go for it. Wait for the light to be the best it can. Whilst we were looking for a natural look, it’s generally a good idea to compensate with a little fill in flash. Try and avoid heavy shadows and be careful to avoid objects that are going to give the game away with flash refection. Where possible, we avoid a 100 light set-up with ten reflectors and a show of how much kit you can take out on a shoot. If nothing else, room size will dictate just how much your shots will cope with.
2) Double checking everything. You can save valuable shooting time with preparation and ensuring where possible, that rooms are dressed and checked before you arrive. Interior Photography is one genre of photography where unwanted items can appear in your shot because you are too wrapped up in ensuring the images are technically correct. I will always remember returning from one f my first ever interior shoots, extremely happy that the images needed very little editing, only to find that the I’d completely missed the additional lens and hood that I’d stood on the worktop.
• Reflections of objects that will be difficult to remove in post.
• Uneven sheets, crumpled pillows and short valences on beds.
• Vertical lines particularly when shooting with wider lenses when trying to maximise the look of smaller rooms
3) Don’t trust your hands. You may have steady hands, but don’t you them for interior photography. Virtually all professional interior photographers know that a tripod is essential. If you want a crisp, clear and professional looking photograph of your interior, make sure you use a tripod. It’s also a great means to shoot longer exposures when the lighting is that little bit lower. If the windows are causing exsessive over exposure, it may also act as an emergency means to bracket you image for some post processing (Only use this method as a last resort.)
4) Post Production. Interior Photography’s best friend is Post-production. It is a huge asset to interior photography. It’s very rare that an interior design image comes out exactly as you want it to look. Work on getting your images to the very best standards of lighting and perspective as you can. Try to make sure you get the composition correct first time round to prevent the excessive need for vertical correction will help keep post-production to a minimum.
For further details of Blanc Creative interior photography services, please contact one of our team on Tel: 07871 364041 or email firstname.lastname@example.org