How to take an attractive interior design picture?

Probably my biggest challenge publishing this blog – besides writing, of course – is taking appealing pictures. I knew that this would be a hard task. But that hard? No. I have always loved taking pictures. And I actually think that I have got the right eye for it. But having the right eye for a good shot is one thing. Taking it the way you would like it to look is a whole new ball game. And I never had to try hard. John, my husband is a talented photographer. So it was always easy for me to call him whenever I needed a certain picture. I still do that sometimes, especially when I am in a bit of a rush, but it is my goal to take my own pictures for this blog – and improve their quality with time.

At the moment, this is still a bit of a hit-or-miss scenario that gets frustrating sometimes. But I am learning. Mainly by listening to John’s advice, reading articles from experts, taking it all on board and… trying it out. Again and again. Right now, I am concentrating on getting the interior design photography right. Here are the tipps that worked for me so far.

The right light
My favourite “rule” so far is this one: When it comes to interior photography, it is best to use only natural light.

Here’s what Designsponge says about it:
Once you begin taking interior photos exclusively with natural light, you’ll see just how much more beautiful it makes the final result. Colors will appear fresh and clean, shadows will come from more natural directions (rather than, say, above), and the chances of needing to adjust your white balance in post-production are severely diminished.

I can only agree. If you take a shot with the room lights turned on, the picture ends up with a yellow touch. Here’s the proof.

Don’t move!
My second favourite “rule” is this one: Dont trust your hand – use your tripod!

And that’s what Interactive Design Institute says about this statement:
All professional interior photographers know that nobody has a hand that’s as steady as a sturdy tripod. If you want a crisp, clear and professional looking photograph of your interior, make sure you use a tripod.

I can say that the tripod turned into a very good friend of mine over the last few weeks…

White everywhere
And last but not least, a piece of advice my husband gave me yesterday: When your are shooting a composition with lots of white in it, play with your exposure. If the exposure is too low, the picture will end up with a grew tone. Here’s an example of mine.


There are still so many more tricks to be discovered out there in order to get an attractive interior design photograph. If I’ll find some that help me improve, you will be the first one to know;-)

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