17 Interior Photography Tips from the Experts

17 Interior Photography Tips from the Experts

Want those dreamy photographs of your home that you see in magazines, Instagram, and Pinterest?
We wanted to know exactly how the masters get those dream interior shots of their spaces. So we asked a few of our favorite interior photographers, Instagrammers, and interior stylists for their tips and these are the 17 tricks they shared with us. Get ready to take notes  ;)
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Professional interior photographer Stephanie Wiley of Swiley Interior Photography suggests that the key to taking amazing interior photos is...

Don't overlook anything.

Make sure that you pay attention to small details, such as pillows fluffed and no zippers showing, finger prints on stainless steel and glass surfaces, dust particles, trash cans out of the pictures, toilet seats down.

A fresh touch.

Adding fresh flowers or plants always gives a little life and texture to the photos.

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Ty Merkel is actually the amazingly talented photographer for SFRugs (no seriously check out her Instagram feed- I can't believe we get to work with her).  She has great advice to make your interior photos look great - even if they don't have darling vintage or antique rugs in them ;)

Get the white glove out.

The first tip I have for newbie interior photographers: Styling is one of the most important aspects of a shoot. Sweep the floor, wipe down cabinets, hide electrical cords and pack all the clutter away (or you risk spending hours in post production photoshopping out dust bunnies. I've been there way too many times). 

Consider props.

Tell a story with your props too that matches your brand. You can storyboard the shoot essentially: imagine your ideal customer lives in the space you are shooting in-- imagine what they wear and where they shop. Create that character's ideal home and decorate accordingly. Although, I realize not everyone has Kinfolk decorating finesse. So when in doubt, keep it simple and clean."

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Pierre Galant of  Pierre Galant Photography shared two of this favorite interior photography tips: 

There are some things I feel so many photographers overlook and yet they are the most impactful when they want to get to the next level. 

Get inspired.

I spend a lot of time looking at art in museums. That's a way to imprint my subconscious with inspiration and that tends to come back when I'm looking for the right composition for a space. 

Resist the temptation to be too literal.  

I like my narratives to be concise. I consider my images successful when they tell the story of a space using as few visual elements as possible.

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Nicole shares her drool-worthy photography and life adventures on Eat Sleep Play Blog, she shares:

It's all about lighting.

Natural light is best. It makes everything clear and airy. But if you don't have much natural light, your best bet is photographing near white interior and then color correcting post shoot. It's better to under expose than over exposing when shooting for editing purposes. iPhone actually can work great because it adjusts the light for you.

The details.

To capture details getting close up and setting up a good balance of details and space is the way to do go.
Whether you're on a iPhone or on a DSLR, don't shoot too many details in one shot. Just pick 1. Minimal is key. 

Portrait versus landscape.

When taking photographs of your home, I found portrait works well for details and close ups. And landscape for wider shots.

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Aniko, the author of the very helpful photography book, The Ultimate Photography Book for Bloggers shares that:

Tripods are Key.

Always use a tripod for interior photography if you have a tripod handy.
Why? Small movements can make your images blurry. You will be disappointed when you upload your images to your computer, and you realize that your photos are not sharp enough.

Mind your Lighting.

Use natural lights as much as possible through your windows. Roll up the shades, move your curtains and let that beautiful light peek in. Turn off ALL overhead lights. Turning the lights off will help you to avoid warm, yellow look on your photos.

Shoot straight

Every DSLR camera has a grid. Use it! One of the most common problems I see that people don't pay attention to straight lines while shooting. Not having straight lines can totally ruin your images. 


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Lovely Instagrammer and blogger Crystal Cara usually tells a story about her lifestyle with interior shots and her best interior photographer tips are: 

It's all about staging.

Stage! stage! Stage! Always make sure to remove any clutter in the photo and re arrange if needed to get that perfect shot. 

Bring in nature inside.

Add some flowers or cut some green branches and out it in a vase. You'd be surprised at how much great color and life it can add to your interior photos.


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Peter Valli of PCV Photographic Services says that it's all about...


My best advice is to keep it simple. To start, try not to overthink it.  Picture the outcome, and work towards that.  You may have to compromise, and that’s okay.


Straight lines.

Keep the lines as straight as possible, minimizing obstructions.  Move to, or wait for the most advantageous light.  Once everything is lined up and looking it’s best, take several exposures.  


Adjust and repeat.

Things to look for when reviewing; general congestion, overly dark or light areas, and anything that catches your eye.  Adjust as necessary and repeat…just not too many times.  Ultimately less really is more.

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