How do you photograph an interior space? 8 tips!

For various reasons, you may need photos of an interior space. For example, because you want to rent out a holiday apartment, office space or student room, or you want to take some beautiful photos of your newly renovated business premises. Of course you will achieve the most professional result by hiring a photographer. But maybe you don't think this is necessary or you don't have a budget for this. In that case, we would like to share a number of tips with you to be able to take beautiful photos of an indoor space yourself.

1 - Use natural light

Only shoot in broad daylight and open all curtains and shutters to let in as much natural light as possible. If there is too little daylight, the photos will get a blurry effect and you naturally want to prevent this. A nice, well-lit room looks much more attractive on camera.

2 - Turn on all lamps

This may seem odd considering you're shooting in broad daylight, but it's definitely worth turning on the lights and seeing how it comes across on camera. When photographing a bedroom, it is advisable to turn on the lights next to the bed to give the room an attractive look. If there is a fireplace in the room, turn it on to create even more atmosphere in the photo.

Fotografie slaapkamer door MIIX in opdracht van Casa De Marbella
Photography of a bedroom by MIIX commissioned by Casa De Marbella

3 - Shoot straight by paying attention to the lines in the room

A very important rule in home and interior photography is that you keep vertical lines, such as walls or windows, straight. This can be a challenge as not all lines in a photo can be straight as you are always shooting from a certain angle. In that case, stick to the most notable line.

4 - Take away clutter and personal items

An important point to remember before getting started with your camera – put clutter and personal items out of sight. In addition, do not forget to clean well before photographing the room and focus especially on reflective surfaces such as mirrors and shower walls. It would be a shame if you found out afterwards that some fingerprints are clearly visible on your photos of a bathroom!

Fotografie door MIIX in opdracht van Casa De Marbella
Photography of a business space by MIIX commissioned by Make It Easy

5 - Don't make too many photos

Be careful not to take too many pictures. Less is more, because too many photos can be overwhelming and may cause someone to drop out. In addition, it is a waste of your time, because all these photos also have to be edited. Think carefully about the purpose of your photos. Photographing an home which is for sale generally requires more photos than a holiday apartment.

6 – Edit the photos to give them that little bit extra

After taking the photos, it's time to edit them to get that little bit extra out of it. The best known and most comprehensive photo editing program is Adobe Photoshop. If you don't have this, luckily there are a lot of (free) alternatives such as the Photos app from Apple. Editing photos is partly based on feeling, but it is useful to know what the different options are for. It is advisable to watch a tutorial on YouTube of the program you are using. In any case, remember to keep the balance, 'over-processed' photos don't come across as professional. If your photo editing program has a retouch tool, use it to remove small, distracting things like cords or imperfections on a wall.

7 – Arrange the photos in a logical order

Another important thing to remember is the order of your photos. Make sure you place the best photos fairly at the front, but keep them in a logical order. For example, do not go back and forth between rooms, but create the effect that you are taken step by step through the rooms.

8 – Compress your photos

The photos have been taken, edited and placed in the right order, then there is only one thing left to do – compressing the photos. This is especially important if you are going to upload the photos on a website. Large files can cause the website to load slower. A well-known tool is TinyPNG. This online tool is free and reduces the file size of your photos easily and quickly without losing quality. Ideal!

Good luck with photographing your spaces! Feel free to contact us for any questions.