Camera Settings for Interior Real Estate Photography

Taking high quality pictures indoors presents a challenge, especially if you’re not experienced with lighting gear or just don’t have any at your disposal. With the right settings, though, you can take professional quality photos indoors by taking control of your camera settings. This infographic gets you started:

proper camera settings for indoor photography

Camera Settings for Shooting Interiors (Via KeyAGENT. Click image to see full size.)

According to KeyAGENT, these are the best camera settings for interior photography:

 Shutter Speed

Depending on how much natural light you have available, your shutter speed will generally be between 1/60 and 1/2 a second.


Keep your aperture set to f/7.1 to f/9 unless you want shallow depth of field to highlight a particular subject within the room.


In order to use a faster shutter speed, you’ll need to raise your ISO, but make sure you’re not introducing too much digital noise by trying to keep ISO below 400. Test out different ISO settings on your camera before the shoot to determine how far you can go without reducing picture quality.

Camera Stability

Because you’ll probably be shooting under low light conditions when you photograph interiors, use a tripod and a remote trigger to eliminate any camera shake that could cause your photos to be blurred.

Practice with these settings and see if your interior photos improve.

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7 responses to “Camera Settings for Interior Real Estate Photography”

  1. Philippe says:


    What about adding light with flashs ?

  2. Amy Smith says:

    Hi Philippe! It’s Amy from KeyAGENT, we created this infographic. Yes, we always encourage our photographers to make use of off-camera flases to keep the light balanced throughout larger rooms. Actually, you can find more tips here:

  3. Benjimen Barker says:

    I read the camera settings from above but what mode do you shoot in and do you shoot raw, raw-jpeg or jpeg?

  4. RavenWolf says:

    what should a real estate photographer set the setting to for exterior ?

  5. REpic says:

    Is the EF 17–40mm f/4L USM Lens by Canon good enough to get the full width of a room?

  6. Alex F says:

    Would bracketing be a good idea for INTERIOR photographing?

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