This article was written by the New York Institute of Photography, America's oldest and largest photography school. NYI provides professional-level training via home study for photographers who want to give their images a professional look, and perhaps earn extra income with their camera.
HOW TO PHOTOGRAPH INTERIORS
We all take lots of pictures indoors, and today's handy on-camera flash units make it easy to make good photographs indoors. But for most amateurs, the subject isn't the indoor space itself; instead, it is one or more people - family or friends, perhaps at a party or celebrating a holiday. Or else, a baby, or the family's prized pet.
If you're listing a house for sale or rent, a good photograph of a luxurious living room or dining room might be a great promotion item. Good detailed photographs of a room and its furnishings might come in handy for insurance documentation. And, particularly as we grow older, who wouldn't value a photograph of a childhood bedroom from years gone by?
Let's explore a few of the basic techniques that professionals who specialize in photographing interiors use to make stunning photographs. As you will see, there are a few easy steps you can take to make certain that if you want to take photographs of interior spaces you will get the best results.
Let's start with New York Institute of Photography's Three Guidelines for Great Photographs.About the Three Guidelines:
If you are unaware of these Guidelines, you'll find a full discussion of them in the Picture of the Month feature on the NYIP Web site. Guideline One asks, "What is the subject of my photograph?" Usually your subject will be a person or object in a space, but when you're photographing a room, your subject will be the entire portion of the room that you see in your camera's viewfinder.
Two ways to make sure that the key elements in your room are given emphasis involve color and lighting.
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