interior photography

Shooting interior photos can be quite tricky. A room can either look cold and lifeless or warm and inviting, depending on how you lay out the shot. As well, interior lighting as a lot to do with the outcome of your photos. In the following article, we shall discuss some common mistakes that are most often made during interior photo shoots and how to rectify them. As well, we will offer advice on how to edit your photos and other helpful tips to get the perfect indoor shot.

Major Interior Photo Shooting Mistakes:

Even the most seasoned photographer can make an occasional blunder when it comes to shooting interior photos. Below are some of the most common mistakes and how to rectify them.

Poor Composition

Before you shoot a room, you should take a walk around the room and get an idea of which angles will work best for that particular shoot. This also includes which features/aspects of the room are going to be the focal point of the shot.

interior composition

This may require that you shoot for several vantage points to get a better selection of shots and choose the ones that work best. As well, you need may have to adjust the height of your shot. Visualize the featured object of the room and adjust the height of your camera accordingly.

Failing to Dress the Room

Of course, presentation is the key to any good photo shoot. You should dress the room before you even set up your camera equipment to get an idea of your shot.

dressing up the room

This includes straightening any pictures, curtains, etc as well as removing any unnecessary items.

Reflections and Shadows from Flashes

Unless you have superior outside lighting infiltrating the interior for your photo shoot, you are going to have to use a flash. The main issues with using a flash for indoor shoots are reflections and shadows. Objects such as mirrors, windows, beamed ceilings and so forth can prevent a problem when it comes to issues from flashes.


It may take several shots to ensure that you are avoiding these issues. As well, it helps to use a diffuser or bounce the flash off another object such as a ceiling or wall, another solution is to utilize multiple flashes with a lower power to help soften the light.

Natural Light During the Photo Shooting:

Shooting indoors can be tricky even with natural lighting. Factors like the harsh midday sun, rain and cloud coverage. However, if you know how to use natural light to your advantage, it can add lot to your photo shoot via shadows and contrast. Of course, the best source of natural lights is provided by windows.

window light

Here are some tips on how to use window lighting to your help improve your photo shoot:

  • Place the subject in front of the window and place yourself between the subject and the window.
  • Have the subject sit with their back to the window facing you.
  • Place the subject either at a slight angle or parallel to the window.
  • Make sure that the windows are clean and free of dust and debris
  • Always aim for the photo shoot during sunny weather
  • Lower window sills such these available at this window company website are ideal for the perfect indoor photo shoot with natural light
  • Larger windows will provide superior natural light

How to Use the Flash Correctly

So many photographers have ruined perfectly good indoor shots by not using the proper flash.

bad flash

Below are some helpful tips on how to use your flash correctly.

  1. Use the correct shutter speed.
  2. Make sure to properly adjust the aperture
  3. Underexpose the flash exposure for a more natural finish
  4. Ambient light and flash light follow the same laws of softness vs hardness.
  5. Switch your multiflash system to manual control.
  6. Bounce your flash off a surface such as a wall or white umbrella
  7. Use the TTL (Through the Lens) Mode
  8. Start with natural light first and then add the flash.
  9. Use a flash diffuser for softer light
  10. Do a few test shots to find the proper flash

Consider the Style and Context of the Photo Shooting

As every photo session is different, it is important to take into consideration the type of even you will be shooting. For example, you will not be setting your shot for an indoor wedding the same as you would a press conference. For a wedding, you would want to create a softer, more romantic light than you would for a news event such as a town hall meeting or political debate. Discuss all of the pertinent details with your client beforehand so that you understand the subject matter and theme.

interior mood

As well, the style is also a factor. A vow renewal ceremony that takes place in a city hall setting would be drastically different from a themed wedding such as a Halloween themed wedding. As well, a child’s’ birthday party would have different circumstances than would a 21st or 50th birthday party. Always get every last detail of the event which you are going to photograph and be prepared.

Mention that it’s important to understand that different events (like your friend’s birthday party or a press conference of a famous actor or politician) may be photographed differently. This should be taken into consideration before the photo shooting starts.

Special Aspects of Interior Photo Processing

Whether you are a new or seasoned photographer, you must be able to edit your photos. Of course, if you have gone to school for photography or graphic design, you have probably taken at least once course on photo editing and processing. However, if you are a self-taught photographer, you will need some basic tips on how to edit your interior photos. Following are some important tips on how to edit your photos, You can find additional tips in this article as well.

Each photographer (even a newbie) should be able to edit the photos taken. If you cannot do that yet, you should immediately catch up. Some useful tips are available in.


Shading is crucial for any type of photography. It is helpful to use the clone stamp set if you need to lighten a photo at a low opacity, around 15%. It is useful if you need to blend background lighting. If you are familiar with HDR software, you can use just a little bit of tone mapping to bring back the dark areas.


Filters can really enhance your indoor photos. From black and white to sepia to different hues, there are literally dozens of filters to either soften or sharpen the appearance of your interior shots.

White Balance.

White balance, or temperature, can be adjusted with programs such as Adobe Photoshop or Picasa. You can adjust the white balance to make a room or setting appear softer and more natural.

editing interior photos

Newbies will find helpful recommendations in this article – 10 Photo Editing Tips.

Take Time to Experiment and Change the Angles

The camera angle can make or break your photo. Every angle will give a different preseptinct and thus set a different mood. Following are most common camera angles. It is always a good idea to experiment with different angles before taking your final photos.

  1. High Angle: this view is only slightly above your subject
  2. Bird’s Eye View: This is taken from a high angle directly above your subject
  3. Face to Face: In this angle, you are at eye-level with your subject
  4. Low Angle: You would be slightly below your subject looking up
  5. Bug’s Eye View: This would be taken from the ground level looking up at your subject

new angle


As you can see, there are many factors that contribute to the success of an indoor photoshoot. If you apply these tips, you will be able to take better photos. Remember, lighting is the key and a room with natural light and clean, spacious windows allows for outansting indoor photos!

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