Interior Photography

Today’s going to be another technique driven post, this time about shooting indoors, with some tips on max effect.

First and most importantly, lighting!  Whether natural (from windows and such) or artificial from existing sources or ones you bring like lighting rigs, flashlights, etc., without lighting you’re not going to get very far.

Here’s one shot with existing light in a convention hall.

Flower Garland
Flower Garland

Next item of business is gear-related.  It’s best to have lens(es) with the largest possible apertures.  Again, the more light you can get the better.  Bring a tripod if humanly possible, again so you can lengthen exposures if needed (particularly for stuff like interior architecture).

This was shot with a tripod low to the ground inside a mausoleum.


A wide angle lens may be a good idea but be careful.  You can get distorting effects very easily, that don’t always show up obviously on your LCD screen.  This can be good or bad depending on what you’re trying to produce … for example, great for artistic stuff but probably not all that good if you’re trying to do a shoot for a real estate advertisement.

Here is the promised “more” of the Chinese Classical Garden in Portland, OR – shot with a wide angle (and I think they worked out OK).

Scholar's Study
Scholar’s Study
A Game of Go
A Game of Go

If you can, be mindful of people milling about.  That can make or break a shot (or you can do a long exposure and just make them disappear.

So go play around, and see what else works for you!

Happy shooting!

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