I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again; I am not the authority on interior photography (far from it) but I have learned a few tips and tricks along the way, and I thought I would share a few of my favorites with you. These are all things you can look up on the internet or gather from your own experiences, but I find that sometimes when someone explains a concept a certain way, it sticks. So please enjoy a few interior photography tips & tricks from yours truly.
The first tip, which I recently posted in an instagram post (and what sparked a few people’s interest) is to shoot from the viewers vantage point. This means shooting from the eye level of a person in the space. For example, if you’re photographing a living room, set your camera up at the eye level of someone sitting on a couch or chair. This works wonders for adding feeling and emotion, and also allows all of the beautiful details of the room to shine. You may want to take that selfie from up high, but please keep the interior shots relative to the space.
The second tip, and the one I’m focusing on today, has to do with composition and framing. The composition of the photo is the visual arrangement of the subjects in your frame. When I enter a space and start my mental shot-list, composition and framing are in the forefront of my mind. And when I finally decide on the framing and composition of the image, I typically choose to shoot straight on. This simply means lining up my camera with the walls, bed, decor, art, what-have-you, to create a straight-on look at the space. Our eyes love harmonious images that feel symmetrical and inviting – they like straight lines that make sense. When I’m on location at a shoot, my first shots are almost always going to be clean, straight-on shots.
Below are two examples showing the difference between shooting straight on and shooting with a diagonal view. To me, the straight on image is much more pleasing to the eyes. (I’ve also followed my first rule of shooting from the viewers vantage point in these images – from the height of a child’s eyes on this one 😉
Whether you’re trying to up your instagram photo game, learn how to shoot interiors for a career, or just reading for fun, I hope you found these tips & tricks useful! I’ll be posting a few more of my favorites soon!