How to Take Interior Photography like in the Magazines
Would you love to capture stylish interior photography? Do you wonder how magazines make homes look so appealing? We’ll show you how to take your interior photography to the next level with our handy guide.
Perhaps you’ve dabbled in some real estate photography already, or you love looking at home interior photos on social media? The sight of so many stunning images can be overwhelming
So how can you upgrade your shots and take your skills to the next level? Let’s go step-by-step through the process of capturing magazine-worthy interior photography.
Preparation Is Key to a Successful Interior Photography Shoot
There is plenty to prepare before you take a single photo.
You’ll need to:
Check, charge, and pack the right equipment;
Pick the best time of day to shoot; and
Style the space.
Choose the Right Time of Day for Your Shoot
If you have the freedom to choose the time of day to shoot, apps can help you plan the perfect light.
Unlike most other forms of photography, midday tends to be ideal because the light is strong and indirect (the sun is overhead). It helps avoid any bright sun streaks coming through the windows, providing an even, indirect glow of light.
Style and Declutter
Your ability to style space will depend on how much freedom you have in the home you are photographing.
Even if you don’t have the liberty to move items around or style space with different décor, there are still things you can do to make sure the space looks its best.
If you can’t move anything, take 5 minutes to go around the room and adjust the existing items: straighten and fluff pillows, stack magazines, move cords so they’re less visible, and group similar items on countertops so more flat space is visible.
If you can move items around, do everything mentioned above, but also consider moving some things out of the room entirely. Stacks of papers should be hidden or removed from the room. As much clutter as possible should be cleared.
Choose the Style of Shot That Suits Each Room
While each space is different and will have unique needs, there are several types of shots that are guaranteed to deliver magazine-worthy images.
Wide shots at an angle. This is typically the widest shot taken in the room. Focus on walls that have interesting features, such as windows or artwork. These shots will most likely require bracketing to obtain High Dynamic Range (HDR) imaging.
One-point perspectives (straight-on). These are very popular on social media and often incorporate feature walls with elements like a fireplace, a built-in wall unit, or décor around a large window.
Vignettes. Vignettes are tighter than wide or one-point perspective shots. They tend to show small moments in a room, typically a cluster of furnishings with small décor pieces. The vignettes tend to be the photos that tell the story of a space, create a mood, and show off the styling.