Photo Tips For Do It Yourself Photography

July 18, 2010 by

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Photo Tips For Do It Yourself Photography

Equipment Needed

The bare essentials you’ll need for interior photography include a tripod, electronic flash, and non-distorting lenses. If you can, get architecture specific lenses. Try using prime lenses over zoom lenses as this will minimize curvature.


The first step is to turn on all the lights in the house. This will add more depth and color variance to your photos. Be sure that the lights do not show up as reflections in pictures, windows, mirrors, or other reflective surfaces. A simple tactic is to replace the incandescent bulbs with more powerful tungsten bulbs. These have a higher output and are more consistent in color temperature with outdoor lighting.
Bright and large windows often cause various problems in an interior shoot. They distract the viewer and can cause exposure problems. Planning your shoot when the sun isn’t at its strongest or entering directly into the window is an easy solution to this.


For residential interior photography the goal is to present an attractive, beautiful home. You’d be quite lucky to find a home with everything perfectly staged and orderly. Often you’re going to want to rearrange furniture and tidy up the area.
Every room has a key element that you will want to feature prominently in your photos. Moving around objects is a great way to lure viewers eyes to these elements. Simply placing bright objects (like a red vase) on these key elements (fireplaces, stairs, grand piano, etc) will make them stand out from other objects in the room.

Straight Lines

To make photos appear more spacious be sure to avoid shooting straight at walls. This will make the photo look flat and can also warp the perspective. Instead, shoot into the corners of rooms. This will create more depth and make the room appear larger. Photographing from a lower angle and with a wider angled lens is also a great way to increase the perceived size of the room.

Be sure that the vertical and horizontal lines in your photos are straight. Crooked lines are signs of poor technical skills and will detract from the image. This article was taken from


  1. Mike says:

    All that stuff is expensive

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