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How to shoot interiors with high quality? What to do with lighting?

Shooting interiors is somewhat akin to subject photography... This is a technically challenging, thorough and painstaking job. As with the subject, here one frame can easily take an hour or more. Why is this so? How to shoot interiors correctly? What do you need for interior photography? I will answer these questions further.

It is difficult to rent premises for a number of reasons.

First, because of the lighting... Light, or rather its character, strength and direction, play key roles in photography. It is rare to find a perfectly lit room. Ideal light means uniform and strong lighting.

interior photography studio apartment

Such parameters, in principle, contradict competent interior design... After all, uniform intense light will make your stay in an apartment (or other room) uncomfortable. The human eye needs rest and variety. Therefore, designers always try to make the light subdued and diffused. However, even a standard room with one chandelier upstairs is not ideal for photography.

Thus, the photographer is forced to dodge. After all, he must present the property as attractively as possible. The purpose of interior photography is to sell or rent premises.

interior photography in rivermole

So what to do with insufficient or uneven lighting?

In order for the interior to look three-dimensional, light and attractive, you need to shoot with a light-sensitive camera and high-aperture optics. This essentially implies full-frame sensor and prime lens. You can shoot with a crop camera with a tripod and long exposures. This option is acceptable, but it is less convenient and imposes its own limitations. In real conditions, there is often no place to put a tripod. Therefore, it is much better to acquire equipment that allows you to shoot in low light with your hands, without using a tripod or monopod.

Photosensitive technique is good, but not a panacea.

With its help, you can photograph a room even in low light, but this does not solve all problems. Indeed, as mentioned above, the unevenness of the incident light is also a big problem. To make the interior look as voluminous as possible, you need not only to light it up, but to do it correctly. Naturally, this is the primary task of an interior designer. But the photographer is a specialist who is also responsible for the presentability of the property. Regardless of what he sees in front of him, his task is to make the photographed subject as appetizing as possible. Therefore, it is necessary to resort to various tricks. In particular - the correction of the visual presentation of the available space. For this you need to apply additional lighting.

interior photo of a beauty salon

Additional light in interior photography

To make the lighting uniform, it is not enough to photograph the room with just light. If the light is not correct, simply adjusting the intensity will not give the optimum effect. In this case, it is necessary to work in three-dimensional space. To do this, when shooting, you need to use additional diffused light. By the way, he should be absent-minded in 95% of cases. Only such a light will look harmonious and not give extra shadows that take too much attention. The exception is very specific interiors with hard lighting and characteristic design ideas. And most likely such exceptions will not be residential.

professional interior photography

Using additional lighting is complicated by the fact that arranging umbrellas or softboxes can be tricky. Their presence should not be noticeable. The resulting effect is well worth it, as lighting is a key aspect of professional photography.

Light is the main thing, but not the only thing a photographer must think about. It is also very important to choose the right angle, focal length, retouching various flaws and much more. You can read about this in the following articles.

Watch a video with examples of processing interior photos in Lightroom CC (sources and finished photos in comparison):