photographing interiors

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After a recent surge in views of my photographs of Forgan’s a stunning Scottish restaurant in the heart of St. Andrews, I started receiving some questions via email about my capturing and styling of interior photography. I am by no means an expert as I was quite the amateur when I was even photographing Forgan’s! It’s true that beautiful decor and stunning light trickling in makes for flawless photos, but here is what I’ve learned…

{rule of three}

As you may see from my instagrams to photos here on c&é, I believe in layers. I try to incorporate corresponding metals and colors to add more depth to a photo. Having at least three things in a photo, even if it is in the background, makes for a quality photo when you’re shooting interiors. It helps transition the photo into the next.

{aperture}

This is very important. Playing with aperture on your camera also allows you to add depth to your photos. You know those photos where the first object is clear and the object behind the first one is slightly blurred? So if you are taking a photo of a vase, to get a blurred background you want a wide aperture, or smaller f-stop. Though if you are shooting an entire room, you want to increase your f-stop. For specific DSLR tutorials visit Pioneer Woman.

{photos of interiors} via chevrons & éclairs

{natural light}

Natural light will give your photo a natural hue and won’t distort the temperature in your images. This is the most important, so try to shoot during the day. If you are working with a space with very little light, then use a white sheet or white board and set it up behind your framed shot but facing or aligned with the window. This will bounce the light off of the white brightening your space up.

{shoot straight}

This is when the little square on the screen is your companion. Taking angled shots of interiors will not only make the space look smaller, but will distort the size of things. You’re trying to depict a space in its true size, frame your image so you are shooting straight.

{take a step back}

I’ve shot a smaller office before and though it was a challenge it wasn’t too difficult. The closeups were perfect as we styled little corners of the office, but when it came to taking a photo of the entire office I ended up stepping outside the doorway. This gave me a completely empty space to work with. And remember you can always crop a photo if it’s too wide of a frame.

  • NMP

    Rule of three, I absolutely adore that! And aren’t you so beautiful : )

  • Your tips are so so so useful! I had photography courses for a year when I had just started university (about 5 yrs ago hahaha) but I was sooo bad I had to give up on it haha, all I remember was the white sheet trick 🙂 Thank you for sharing <3

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    • HOW?! How did photography just not “click”? You are a renowned instagrammer haha. The white sheet trick is my life. 🙂 x