Always wondered why your pictures of home interiors don’t seem as attractive as the ones you see on Instagram and in magazines? One reason could be the techniques professional photographers use to give any home that glossy, chic look.
But don’t worry: our experts at IKEA have put together their five top tips to take fabulous interior photographs.
This is obvious, but most of us still neglect to do this properly. After cleaning up the everyday clutter, take a step back and look at your interior with an unbiased eye.
Do you really want that coffee table there? Push it a bit away so that your lampstand, sofa and the picture on the wall form a charming picture.
Use props such as colourful cushions and blankets to improve aesthetics and contrasts.
Shuffle your setups
Be creative when taking interior shots; don’t confine yourself to shooting just one setup.
Move around furniture, pictures or vases a bit and see if that makes for a better setup. This may not work for daily life but we believe this will make for great pictures.
Also, consider changing angles, perspectives and lighting so you have multiple options to choose from.
Art au naturel
Instead of shooting at night or with artificial lights, take your shots with natural light. The use of artificial lights creates shadows that appear on walls and furniture, thus detracting from the picture’s appeal.
Natural light is more even and mellow and makes for a better picture. If you need to showcase a lighting feature, ensure you take multiple pictures with different exposures. This way, you have many choices to play with.
This is a bit technical, but depth of field is important in interior photography. Use different aperture settings and see which works. (You can learn more from thousands of free online tutorials; believe us, it will make a huge difference!)
If you want to focus on one central feature with blurred background details, go for smaller f-stop. For focus on the whole setup, opt for a bigger f-stop. Generally speaking, f-stops in the f8 to f16 range work great.
Good composition differentiates a work of art from just another picture. Picture composition highlights the design elements that make up the picture.
If you are a novice, learn about the rule of thirds; this is one of the most useful techniques for photography, be it interiors or landscapes.
Interior photographs need tight compositions; add plenty of vignettes and details to increase the space’s personality and charm.