I love a challenge, and interior design photography is particularly challenging for any kind of photographer. With the absence of people, how are you to create a sense of excitement? How can you invoke emotions within people when the subject matter is an inanimate object?
With interior design photography, I like to think that the key is to make the viewer want to be in the photograph. I have worked with a huge variety of decorating styles in my time, and whilst some décor may not be to everybody’s individual tastes, it’s important to capture the essence of the interior designer’s original concept whilst also making the setting inviting to the viewer.
Over the years I have worked with offices, retirement homes, properties and more, and I’ve used just about every tool I have as a photographer. There are some key pointers to remember with interior design photography of course – make the room look brighter and bigger for one, and try to achieve as clean and sharp an image as possible. With the nature of this client type, it’s also important to guarantee quick turnarounds, and in previous projects I have been known to complete the shoot and deliver the finished product in as little as four hours.
I favour High Dynamic Range photography when shooting inanimate objects, which gives me the ability to take sharp images and manipulate the lighting digitally. With natural light or lack thereof a common problem in interior design photography, it’s important to use as many tools as possible to make the most of the resources we have during a photo shoot.
Interior design photography is a great way of exercising my technical capabilities, and whilst there can be limitations, I feel the same satisfaction from this type of photography as I do from capturing a whirlwind of emotions.