How to shoot and edit professional interior photography

May 9, 2022

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

May 9, 2022

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Shooting interiors can be a lot of fun but also an extremely difficult challenge. Most rooms aren’t designed to be photographed. They’re often laid out all wrong for it, there’s stuff in the way of the shot, the colours and patterns don’t really match and it can be tricky to find the right angle to shoot from. Even if all those things do fall into line, interior lighting isn’t usually geared toward photography. It’s designed to light the space for people within it.

There are some things over which you don’t have much control when photographing a room but there are plenty of things that you do. In this video from Becki and Chris, we learn a variety of tips and techniques that allow us to shoot interiors that we can be pleased with. Everything is covered from the gear to the composition with lots of great advice in between.

If you just want to jump to specific bits – or go back to rewatch certain bits of it over again – here’s the rundown of the video’s contents.

  • 0:17 – Different Ways To Shoot Interiors
  • 1:35 – Shooting Conditions
  • 2:10 – The Camera Gear Needed For Interiors
  • 4:54 – How to shoot interior photography
  • 6:04 -How To Avoid Keystoning
  • 6:37 – Tripod Height
  • 6:59 – What F-stop To Use
  • 7:31 – Shooting Multiple Exposures
  • 8:35 – Compositions
  • 10:04 – Editing Your Shots

As you can see, the list is fairly in-depth and covers a number of things you wouldn’t immediately think about when shooting interiors if it’s something you’ve never done before. But it’s one of those things that many of us will occasionally be asked to shoot. Whether or not we accept is a different matter entirely, but if you’ve been thinking about giving it a go, this video will give you a big helping hand to help you produce more usable shots for your client.

What’s your top tip for shooting interiors?

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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