Interior Photography: 5 Tricks

Real estate photography is all about business. You often get to work for high-end clients that are willing to pay a little extra. In return, they expect equally good results from you. If you’re looking to sharpen your interior photography skills, this video from photographer Serge Ramelli will surely be of help. Here, he shares five proven tricks for great interior photography:

1. Use an Existing Element for White Balance

White balance is crucial for interior photographs. The camera can easily be confused by light reflecting off the walls, the floor, and the furniture. This can result in color casts appearing in the photographs resulting in inaccurate colors.

interior image with incorrect white balance

To overcome the issue,make sure that you’re shooting in raw. Doing so easily lets you change the white balance in post. Then in Lightroom, using the white balance picker simply click on a white or neutral grey element in the image. You can easily get rid of color casts this way.

interior image with correct white balance

2. Wait For the Blue Hour If You Want to Show Outside

The blue hour is that period of the day when the sun is below the horizon. The light gets really soft during this time and everything looks magical. So, if you want to create a photograph with a view of the inside as well as the outside, waiting for the blue hour is worth it. This way, you can show the ambiance of the interior, while the outside takes on a cool blue tone.

interior photograph taken in the afternoon

The daylight makes the image unflattering

Interior image during blue hour

“But don’t wait too late because then it gets really contrasty.”

3. Close The Curtains If You Have Great Interior Lights

If a room is designed with great practical lights, then flaunt it. Closing the curtains and turning on all the lights will set a different mood. When taking such images, closing the curtains is important so as to avoid distractions from the city lights outside.

interior photograph with curtains closed

4. Police Border Your Photos

When composing your shots, pay ample attention to the edges of the frame. Avoid unnecessary elements creeping into the shot. Also, make sure you’re not cropping out furniture or decorative items in the wrong places.

police border interior photograph

5. Slightly Dodge and Burn Your Photos

“An object which is partially lit is more interesting than an object which is fully lit.”

You can create interest in an element of your photo by dodging and burning it. In simple terms, dodging means to add light, and burning means to remove light. In Lightroom, you can use the brush tool to locally increase or decrease exposure to create the dodge and burn effect respectively.

interior image before dodging and burning

Image before dodging and burning

Take note of the light sources around the room. If there’s any surface that is evenly lit, get creative and see how you can dodge and burn it to generate interest. This will add dimension to the image. However, be sure not to overdo it or the image will turn out looking fake.

interior image after dodging and burning

Image after dodging and burning

Be sure to try out these interior photography tips! They’ll help you improve your real estate interior photography in no time.

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