7 Tips & Techniques For Photographing Interiors

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Written by:  justina-blakeney
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Interiors are one of my favourites things to shoot (second to plants!). I get a kick out of studying a space, styling  it and photographing it. When we shot my book "  The New Bohemians" my photographer   Dabito and I were implementing all kinds of tricks to make the homes really shine. If you plan on shooting any area of your home for your blog, Instagram account or for fun, follow these guidelines and you'll find your spaces look amazing!! All of these tips apply to DSLR, point and shoot or smart phone cameras. Have fun! Style, shoot it and share it! 
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Get Low

Squat down to get to the same level as the vignette you’re shooting. Doing so will give you cleaner lines and a stronger focus on the object.  I've caught myself sitting on my  rug or even laying on my back to get the perfect shot! Don't be afraid to go for it!
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Pay Attention to the Light

Natural light is everything! If you plan to take photos of your home, study the light a few days before. See where it's the brightest or which side the sun sets. If you're using a smart phone turn the flash off.  Choose your shoot locations based on bright and even light. Pay close attention to the  lighting and you're on your way to having excellent photos!
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Set The Scene

This is one of my all time favourite tips. It's super important to prep and style your space prior to the photography session. My go to styling tricks are add life (plants and flowers), mix patterns and work with odd numbers.  Need to hang    fabric or a curtain? No need to install a rod, just tack it up or use  painter's tape!
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Get Close

Let the detail tell the story.  Don't be afraid to get close to the subject. If you're using a smart phone try and stay away from the zoom button (it makes for a blurry photo). Just step up, get low and close. These close shots often turn out to be my favourites. If you need a steady hand, use a  tripod. And yes! You can get a  tripod for your camera phone too!
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Try Different Angles

The angle you shoot from will depend on the subject and the story you're trying to tell. A few angles to try are:  straight on and level with the subject, a bird’s eye view, or a corner angle. Try all three and see which shot turns out best. If you're shooting a  tablescape, definitely get an overhead shot!  
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Take a Step Back

Sometimes it's best to just take a step back. See if you can fit two rooms in one shot.  This gives the viewer a sense of the entire home without scrolling through a ton of pictures! If space is limited, try a birds eye angle and shoot from a  step stool. Sometimes you're able to fit more in the shot when you photograph from slightly  above. 
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Shoot it Horizontal & Vertical

This is key if you plan on sharing the photos on your blog or social media accounts. I like to shoot my interiors both horizontal and vertical. The picture I use depends on where I publish it. If the photo is for Pinterest I typically shoot Vertical. For the blog, I interchange them. Once the photo shoot is done, it's done! Make sure you get more shots than needed so you have plenty of options to choose from on the back end.  Also, don't be afraid to use your  laptop to touch up those photos!
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