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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is our first post in what we hope will become a regular how-to feature. We will be covering items such as composition, equipment and weather. Our first post however, is on the field or lighting, specifically added light.
Lighting is one of the most important things when it comes to interior photography. It doesn’t matter how great the space is, if the light isn’t good then neither will the photograph be. Generally speaking light in a typical interior comes from two sources. Natural – the daylight coming in through the windows, skylights and doors and artificial light – the light from ceiling lights and table lamps etc. As a photographer we have a few options for controlling these light sources. Time of day plays a major role in regards to natural light. As does the weather. Wherever possible will try to take our photographs in the most suitable weather at the best time of day, whatever that might be for that particular room. We can’t however control how the light enters the room, we can control how much enters by additional tricks such as scrimming windows but the natural light will always come from a fixed direction. We are also able to control artificial lighting in a number of ways, from simply turning lights on or off to using dimmers or lower wattage bulbs. In order to do this, working with an electrician is the best way to get good bulbs and lights in the places that look good. By visiting websites such as https://kalahari-electrical.com/ and many more electrical company pages, you can gain advice on lighting from professionals.
Last week saw a visit to a beautiful little Hamlet just outside York. I’d seen some before photography of the cottage so I wasn’t completely sure what to expect. I think it’s important to go to a property without too many pre-conceived ideas. The very nature of a home means that it is individual to the owner. Shooting a formally presented house requires a completely different approach from that of an eclectic one. It’s back to the point I keep making about portraying the personality of a space.
Well this lovely cottage was just bursting with character. And I use the word in the property sense of beams, sash windows and fireplaces but also in the more human sense of light hearted and confident. A confident house? So what’s one of those? Well, the answer isn’t straightforward, as you might expect. It’s the kind of place that absorbs what is it in and makes it feel at home. Be that furniture, a newspaper or a five year old child. It’s the kind of property where what is in it is no more or less important than the walls containing it. The kind of place that you feel you instantly feel you could chuck a log on the fire and curl up with the newspaper.