Before & After – The Importance of Good Lighting in Interiors Photography

When it comes to photographing property; it’s less about location, location, location and more about light, light, light. Ambient light, artificial light and (this is where we come in), flash light. Good lighting in interiors photography is crucial.
As we walk around the world, most things appear to be pretty well lit. The human eye and brain have a pretty amazing ability to record detail in the brightest and the darkest places at the same time. Cameras unfortunately are far more limited. Even the presence of artificial lamp light leaves horrible colour casts over a scene when rendered on camera. Something the human eye would adjust for and correct without us even noticing. There are a few ways to combat this shortcoming and one of the best is to

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York Photographs of Thor's Tipi and York Christmas Market

In Photographs; York City Centre

As architectural photographers we tend to spend quite a lot of time in built up places. We regularly capture photographs of York city centre as we travel around we’ve put together some of our personal favourites from over the last year or so. We’re far from the only people that photographs York, as you’ll notice from the number of camera’s you’ll see when wondering around the city centre yourself. We’ve got some classic views and tried to put our spin on them with unusual light or with lengthened shutter speeds.

York Minster & Bootham Bar under a half moon. Exhibition Square
A recent rain shower, provided some nice reflections of the pavement while the last rays of sunshine from the setting sun contrasted the sandstone buildings beautifully with the clear blue sky. A half moon above the Minsters’ towers completed the image.

Exhibition Square, Bootham Bar & York Minster with moon at sunset

Autumn morning below Lendal Bridge
Early Autumn, just as the leaves were beginning to turn. A windless day

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Golf leaf ceiling rose

Doncaster Mansion House – Architectural Photography

If you’ve passed by the Mansion House in Doncaster recently you will have noticed how good it’s looking. It’s recently undergone an external renovation and some select works inside. We were asked to send along our architectural photographer and document the completed works. It’s not an easy building to photograph as it’s quite a tall building and the relatively narrow street makes getting a nice perspective quite challenging. With some clever use of shift lenses however, we were able to counteract some of the natural distortion and create

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External photograph of Yorkshire holiday home

Waterside House Holiday Home – The Professional Touch

 

Another week, another holiday home to photograph. This time a large, new house outside York with fantastic grounds and spectacular views. It was listed with photographs the owner had taken himself and this gives me the opportunity to demonstrate what it is that a good interior photographer will do for your property. The owner had contacted us after receiving a number of comments that the photographs did not do the property justice and was concerned that he may be missing out on bookings because of that.

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In Pictures: York Holiday Cottage Photography

Back at the beginning of the year we had the pleasure of photographing this lovely holiday cottage, right in the city centre of York. It had been beautifully restored and updated (I’d actually photographed it when it was for sale in its dilapidated state) and transformed into a great holiday let in the perfect location for exploring York. Honestly, it is the kind of space that would make someone want their own holiday home, be it one of the houghton lake mi homes for sale or in the York area.

Styled in a laid back country style, yet impeccably

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Showhome Photography in Easingwold, North Yorkshire

Show homes demand to be well photographed. After care and attention has been lavished up on it, making it look as great as possible it’s a no brainer to get a photographed by a specialist experienced interiors photographer. Showhome photography will be the first thing perspective customers see, whether that is an article by a local paper (who are always more likely to write features where great photography has been provided), a billboard on site or a brochure either online or printed.

Liefstyle plays an important role in these shoots, as you aren’t photographing the actual house people will (normally) be buying you’re trying to show customers

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bathroom detail

Interior Photography of a Yorkshire country house renovation project

One of our clients has recently completed the refurbishment of a beautiful old country house in the heart of Yorkshire. They are more commonly found working on commercial buildings than residential ones and were keen for some good photographs to show off their skills on a more modest scale. We only had a narrow window of opportunity to get the photographs after all the building work had been done but before the keys were handed back to the owner.

The refurbishment covered every room in the house and included things like a new bathroom, a new kitchen and updated plumbing and electrical fixtures. They had heard about a dumpster rental in arvada area and took inspiration, which consequently made the whole process a lot cleaner and quicker. Removing the waste and returning to collect more. The renovation made a big difference to the house and really brought it into the 21st century. It has a modern, stylish design with an ode to the history of the house with the inclusion of things like the old fireplaces and the farmhouse kitchen. The new lights, in particular, have helped to brighten the house up and have added to the modern feel. If you are looking to brighten up your home, adding some new lighting fixtures is the best and easiest way to do so you can read more about electrician services here if you are interested.

Unfortunately, the rooms were unfurnished so the shoot list was adjusted to ensure the client had an interesting portfolio of shots as opposed to just a series of empty rooms. We were able to concentrate and fixed details such as the fireplaces and windows and make full use of the bathrooms and kitchens, all detailed to the most exacting standards.

log burner and stone fireplace in period lounge hand painted hague blue inframe kitchen with white quart worktop hand painted in frame kitchen drawers high end kitchen hague blue f&B bathroom detail freestanding bath, his and her sink, walk in shower interior photography bedroom photograph modern bathroom in yorkshire photography

Why Use a Professional Interiors Photographer?

Why use a professional interiors photographer? It’s a good question. Why pay for a specialist professional interiors and architectural photographer when you can take pretty good images yourself or get your wedding photographer pal to take them, because they’ve got all the kit anyway. Right?

Well, I’ve pulled together a few examples from the last few weeks to show you what you’re getting from an experienced professional dedicated to their field.

I’ve tried to demonstrate just a few ways the results can differ. Some of these are taken with lesser quality kit than we use on a day to day basis and other are taken with the same kit from the same place.

Kitchen

[before-after]Comparison-01 Comparison-02

This lovely kitchen makes a good demonstration of how lighting and exposure blending can help transform the space from somewhere dark and somewhat oppressive to a much brighter, more airy space. It’s much easier to imagine baking some hot-cross-buns in the after image than in the before.

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York Solar Eclipse

York Solar Eclipse March 2015

Normal work was on hold this morning as I headed down to York Minster to try and capture the eclipse.

The weather was better than forecast although there was an ominously thick band of clouds threatening to completely obscure any opportunity at any moment. Fortunately the sun gods were on my side.

These were taken with a 70-200 and 1.4 extender with a Lee Big stopper and the lone sun shot also with a B+W 10 stop ND.

York Solar Eclipse March 2015 York Eclipse-03

dunham massey visitors centre, example of tilit shift lens

Tilt Shift Lenses – What are they and what do they do?

Tilt shift lenses are a photographer’s main tool when it comes to photographing architecture and it’s a tool an architectural photographer cannot live without. If you want to make money from being a photographer (learn more) then this is one key element that you should already be familiar with. Tilt-shift lenses have many uses but their primary function is to enable the photographer to control verticals when photographing large buildings or structures. Imagine taking a photograph of a tall building and the only way to fit the large structure in your image is to point your camera up, you will notice that the building will pinch at the top and start to look like a pyramid.

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