Taking high quality photographs in an interior space is deceptively challenging. Everything from technical concerns like lighting and composition, to equipment settings and cropping can undermine a shoot. However, there is hope. Krownlab’s in-house photography team, Akiko Noguchi and Steve Savas, have some basic best practices that can elevate you photos to match the quality of your installation.
1. Use natural light
Whenever possible, use natural light. Not only does it help bring a space to life, it prevents strong shadows and color casts.
“Natural light is always my first choice,” says Noguchi. “Unless it’s necessary, such as in windowless rooms or a low light office environment, I don't use any artificial light. Open your blinds!”
This rule maintains even if the weather outside isn’t cooperating with sunshine.
“You don't have to worry so much about weather,” Noguchi says. “Actually light is more stable on cloudy days, and you can always adjust with longer exposure.”
If the natural lighting isn’t quite highlighting what you’d like, consider using a reflector rather than flipping the light switch.
“I am a heavy user of reflectors to cast the light just right over the hardware,” Savas says. “It helps spotlight what should be the focus of the photo.”Read more.