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DO: Shoot with a wide-angle lens.
A wide-angle lens can capture more of your scene in a single shot and also make rooms appear more spacious. But too much of a wide angle can cause distortion — also known as the fish-eye effect.
Use a lens that has a focal length of 14 to 24 millimeters and try to shoot only a few pictures at that extremely wide angle. In this picture, the entire kitchen is captured in a single image, which allows the viewer to understand how the kitchen flows into adjoining rooms. Wide-angle shots reveal a lot about a space.
DO: Mix artificial and natural light.
Even in a space with a lot of windows, it can be advantageous to turn on a few lights to give the space warmth. This kitchen feels more real and cozy with the pendant and undercabinet lights turned on. But try to avoid excessive use of fluorescent lighting, which can give the photo a green cast.
If lighting is proving tricky for you, adjust your camera's white balance settings. Most digital cameras have auto features that will adjust for certain conditions.
DON'T: Rely on artificial light alone.
This picture was lit only with artificial light. Not only is the image dark, but the whites are very yellow and the colors are dull. This scene is not inviting.
The most critical tool you can have when photographing your home is patience. Making adjustments to your space or figuring out settings on your camera can take time, but that practice will only make your shots better.
If the challenge of photographing your entire home feels overwhelming, take it on in pieces. Build your confidence by starting with one room and work to make that shot perfect. Only tackle the rest when you have successfully captured your first space.
Great shots are possible even with minimal equipment. With a little effort your home photos will shine.
More advice on photographing interiors:
How to Take Beautiful Home Photos
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