Take Great Home Photos the Easy Way — 5 Best Tips From a Pro

As an expert interior photographer for magazines and books, I have learned a couple of straightforward suggestions which may make a big impact in assisting you to take better photos of your home’s inside or design project. Little things like having a tripod, shooting from straight on and averting wide-angle lenses may take you a long way toward standard practices that lots of professional photographers use daily.

Together with the tips, you’ll find examples that provide inspiration to your own home photos.

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1. Utilize a tripod. Placing whatever camera you’ve got on a tripod allows you to steady the camera and be deliberate in earning your composition. Using a digital camera, you can take a fast test shot and examine it to make adjustments to your last shot. First, adjust the overall composition and what’s in the frame by moving the camera changing the lens — it really helps if your camera is on a tripod. Make the next adjustments by changing or transferring the furnishings and objects in the area so they are most pleasing in the photo.

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2. Take low shots. One really significant factor consideration is how high the camera is off the ground. I like to take with my camera roughly 40 inches off the ground. When your camera sits lower than eye level, your photographs will look more like those that you see in magazines.

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3. Shoot directly on. Attempt to place your camera directly and not tilt it up or down. After you tilt the camera, the perpendicular lines in the photo get distorted, which won’t look professional. To get a strong composition, take directly on an altitude of a room or building. To do this, you would like the camera sensor to be parallel to your subject. The outcome is often a pleasing photo which has a nice, picture feeling.

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If you are centered on the room or subject, the symmetrical balance will produce the photo feel very grounded. This shot has a nice straight-on view along with a very low camera position.

Heydt Designs

This is a great illustration of fine movement framing the house. The camera is parallel to the house, but the center point is more to the right. The photo feels balanced with the strong vertical of the center tree.

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4. Keep away from wide-angle lenses. This is slightly counterintuitive. A wide-angle lens makes things near the camera appear larger and things far away appear smaller. This distortion feels unnatural. Rather, use a normal lens and step away from the subject to get as much as you can to the shot. I frequently prefer getting less at a photo using a normal lens, instead of resorting to using a wide-angle lens and receiving the distortion that accompanies it.

Applegate Tran Interiors

Standing back and having a lens with a normal focal length and not a wide angle sets all the things in a cozy proportion to one another. There’s absolutely no distortion that a wide-angle lens could create. Obviously, the trade-off is that we do not observe the whole room, but we do get a nice feeling of this room.

Ann Lowengart Interiors

This shot uses two important tips I have mentioned so far — a low angle and showing a small area of the room without the distortion of a wide-angle lens.

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5. Turn off your flash. Even fundamental point-and-shoot cameras are getting better at low-light situations, and your camera’s flash won’t ever have the ability to light a room nicely. With your camera on a steady tripod, you can have a long exposure and a natural-light feeling to the photo without getting a blurry shot. If you do not need the photo to be blurry through the long exposure, then put the self-timer on and allow the camera settle.

Jessica Helgerson Interior Design

Shot directly on with no flash, this photo feels warm and inviting. The time for this natural light is usually about 20 minutes after the sun sets. The light level needs to be just right — by the inner light to the very last pieces of daylight — to find this glowing-lantern feeling.

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The wonderful natural light is emphasized here without the usage of this camera flash, giving this photo a soft impression. Stylistically, note how the seats feel natural around the table too; every seat was carefully moved as a member of this composition.

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